Benjamin Mophatlane Foundation launched at MyWorld of Tomorrow
The first MyWorld of Tomorrow Expo and conference hosted by Business Connexion opened in Sandton, South Africa, last night, with the announcement of a new foundation to support Africa’s youth. At a dinner for clients and stakeholders hosted by Business Connexion’s Chief Executive Officer, Isaac Mophatlane and attended by attended by the Honourable Minister Lindiwe Zulu, Minister Collins Chabane, Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Gauteng Premier Mr. David Makhura where the much anticipated Benjamin Mophatlane Foundation was launched by Business Connexion’s chairperson Mr. Tony Ruiters.
Business Connexion is donating two million rand to the foundation. “Our mission for the Benjamin Mophatlane Foundation is to enrich the future of Africa's youth by providing technology-oriented educational opportunities and sponsorships to previously disadvantaged youth and also to support business development programmes and other entrepreneurial initiatives.” said Ruiters.
The foundation is reflective of the vision of the late Benjamin Mophatlane, whose passion for education and the upliftment of different communities through technology is nestled in the Group’s mission statement; “To enrich communities by making the impossible possible, through technology”.
“Through the foundation, we will continue Benjamin Mophatlane’s legacy that will serve to inspire us now and into the future.” said Ruiters.
MyWorld of Tomorrow is Business Connexion’s first business and consumer platform that has been designed to create a simple technology experience for vast target audiences from children to C-Level executives, making technology accessible to all.
The conference will be opened by key note speaker Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas at Google Inc. and will also host an array of inspirational African speakers such as Trend specialist Dion Chang, Nigerian entrepreneur Obi Emetarom, Technology Entrepreneur and Founder and CEO of Rekindle Learning, Rapelang Rabana, Social Media Legal Expert, Emma Sadleir and South African Rocket Scientist and recent Harvard Graduate, Siyabulela Xusa amongst many others.