Fresh On 947 team chat to Siya & Rachel Kolisi about the Kolisi Foundation

273 days ago


The Kolisi Foundation is a non-profit organization (NPO) founded by South African rugby team captain, Siya Kolisi, together with his wife and philanthropist Rachel Kolisi. Since inception, the organization has been involved in a number of initiatives which seek to bring some relief to South Africa’s most vulnerable families and communities. A core mission of the Kolisi Foundation is to collaborate and partner with various established organizations and sponsors in order to fast-track programs put in place to uplift communities. Recently, a new partnership with Imbumba Foundation and the Nelson Mandela Foundation was formed, from which a hunger-relief food initiative was established.

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, the Kolisi Foundation has been able to assist the Khayelitsha Hospital in Cape Town with one thousand respiratory masks and Eerste River Hospital, which received respiratory masks and hygiene products including hand-sanitizers. In their personal capacity, the Kolisi’s have also played a crucial role in assisting mothers of premature babies by securing masks to minimize any possible infection.

We are grateful to have partnered with like-minded people! We truly believe that we are blessed in order to bless others.

Siya Kolisi

As food security is one of the pillars that have been highlighted by government leaders, as being crucial in the fight against Covid-19, the collaborative effort with both Imbumba Foundation and the Nelson Mandela Foundation seeks to provide non-perishable food items to those families who are most in need. In support of the #Hope4Soap campaign, on Saturday, the 18th of April, five hundred (500) food parcels, hand-wash soap and multi-purpose cleaners were donated to 500 families in Siya Kolisi’s place of birth, Zwide Township in the Eastern Cape. Transportation and logistics were made possible by Fourways Airconditioning. The Kolisi Foundation along with its partners will support these 500 families for the next three months. As more funding, sponsorships and donations are received, the Foundation has established an action plan that will allow for more families across South Africa to benefit. Provinces such as the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, North West, Limpopo, Free State and Mpumalanga provinces have been selected, as part of those that did not get an opportunity to see the Webb Ellis trophy upon the triumphant return of the Springboks, from the World Cup.

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Siya joined #FreshOn947 to chat about their organization and why it's so important to his fsmily.

Listen to the full conversation and find out more about getting involved with this incredible initiative...

  • please tell us more about the Kolisi Foundation, what inspired it?

  • you have recently partnered with the Imbumba Foundation as well as the Nelson Mandela Foundation, please tell us more about that?

  • what is the #Soap4Hope campaign?

  • how can people get involved?



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