Top Empowerment Award helps open doors for learners

Written by Staff Writer

Jul 20, 2020

Thembelihle Mjaji-Mbatha is the founder of the registered NPO, Mjaji-Mbatha Foundation (MMF) which she established to help overcome the barriers to education for underprivileged students.

In 2019 Thembelihle won the Top Empowerment Young Achiever of the Year Award – which had a major impact on the Foundation and its ability to improve the lives of learners, and by doing so, access the next generation of South Africa’s high wealth individuals for the creation of a sustainable, educated and self-sustaining community that can pay it forward.

Currently they are on a mission to raise funds for the next charity drive which will take place on 27 July (Mandela Day) in partnership with the local school district to refurbish their adopted schools and possibly donate some winter jackets to learners.

Since the Top Empowerment Awards the Foundation has managed to provide the following to learners of their adopted schools:

  • Career Mentorship
  • Scholarship and Bursaries (financial AID)
  • Skills Development
  • Dignity Packs (facecloth, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant –all genders – with sanitary pack included for the girls)

In her governance role on the Audit Committee of the City of Mbombela Municipality, Thembelihle was selected to be on the Board of Directors for the City of Mbombela Solidarity Fund and Food Bank in response to the devastating impact of the COVID pandemic. Utilising her skills as a Chartered Accountant and her oversight experience, the launch of the Municipal Solidarity Fund and Food Bank took place on 30 April 2020.

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