An adage which says ” when you grow a girl child you grow a nation” truly re-affirms that.
Mbalula, the National Sport and Recreation Minister, who is also the head of campaigns and policies at the ruling party ANC, has been juggling around time due to the ANC Policy Conference currently on at Midrand and the launch of the foundation.
The foundation launch, described to be a glitzy affair gala dinner was last night preceded by a conference featuring internationally renowned Pentecostal Bishop Noel Jones, called a Night of Inspiration.
According to Mbalula the foundation would focus on education and seeks to help disadvantaged girls from poor backgrounds to equip them with academic tools.
The foundation- according to information on hand –has set aside R1m and will award 10 deserving girls with R100, 000 each towards their education.
“Due to the historical disempowerment and exploitation of women it’s our considered role to change the circumstance under which women do business or participate in the public sector.
“We can never say there are enough similar programmes when women and girls are still victims of crime, lack of education and financial stability.
“In the long run we will provide equal support to the boy and girl child,”says Mbalula.
A committee has been established to identify candidates who have proven dedication in their academic records.
It has been reliably learnt that American film and TV actresses, Kimberly Elise and Regina Hall will be accompanied by Cayman fashion model, Selita Ebanks, American model Christine Teigen and actress Sanaa Lathan.
Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and Minister of Housing Tokyo Sexwale will be among the guests.
On the sporting front Joost van der Westhuizen, Doctor Khumalo, Baby Jake Matlala and internationally renowned singer and humanitarian, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Generations actress, Katlego Danke are expected.
Nationally, those deserving girls with good academic records are requested to make submissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.