Founder of the Care-Net Development and Support Centre for vulnerable children, Mmatsatsi Mokgohloa is the recipient of the 2013 Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in Community Development.
A social worker by training, Mmatsatsi started her community development initiative in Winterveldt outside of Pretoria with money taken from her and her husband’s pensions. This brave step led to a dynamic philanthropic initiative, The Care-Net Development and Support Centre, and a model business run by community members.
The centre has a primarily social focus, providing care and support for vulnerable children and orphans. It also provides social services for families in need. Mmatsatsi, who has two Masters degrees and worked as a lecturer at Tukkies and Unisa, also established a farm to help fund the centre and provide food for the surrounding community. The farm is run as a profitable business and provides employment for community members, the majority of whom are women.
Besides investing her own money in these community development projects, Mmatsatsi gives an enormous amount of her time and energy to the centre and farm, using her familial, church and community networks to raise resources.