Zethu Buthelezi- Morwatsehla (35), Founder and Executive Director of Mmadjadji Youth Foundation NPC, a community driven, Non-Profit Organization dedicated to assist underprivileged and underdeveloped communities in Tzaneen, Limpopo. The organization Aims to promote social development through sports and mentorship.
Having being brought up in a household where education was very Important, Zethu completed her schooling at her hometown of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and pursued a career in Accounting, becoming a full-time Accountant for a global Entity that services the African Mining Industry. Before relocating to Limpopo where she got herself involved in multiple community collaborative projects through Mmadjadji Youth Foundation, Zethu participated in community Programs in Umlazi Z Section in her rural community of KwaMahleka South of Durban.
Since 2019, The Mmadjadji Youth Foundation provides ‘Sanitary Hygiene Education’ for young girls in rural communities. Her organization has successfully hosted the ‘Annual Mmadjadji Youth Tournament’ in Ga-Mohokoni, Bolobedu, Limpopo since then. “The advice I’d give to our youth is that find innovative ways to uplift your own communities, it all starts with small little acts that change people’s lives, the change starts with you.” said Zethu.
After years of contemplation and having the goal of launching a non-profit organization to uplift her community, Mmadjadji Youth Foundation was founded in 2018, as she wanted to bridge the gap caused by lack of access to information for the youth in rural communities.
The tournaments she hosted has drawn sponsors such as Hollywood bets and hopes to grow to greater heights each year. They brings much needed economic benefits for the community where it is held, the tournaments also encourages the youth to participate in sports and provides a safe setting for the youth to socialize and interact during the busy December period.
Her understanding of Socio-economic inequality in our country gave her the desire to take part and strive for change. She hopes to bring change through her foundation, with support from her loyal sponsors, community, family, and friends. Zethu revealed that her personal motto that she lives by everyday is that she “wants to leave her footprints in the sands of time , knowing that she did something that meant something in someone’s life.”