Elsewhere In The World: “South African Bill Gates” Pledges To Give Away Half His $3 Billion Fortune To Help Poor Africans

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Patrice Motsepe Pledges Fortune To Poor Africans

Patrice Motsepe has announced he will give half the money generated by the Motsepe family’s assets to assist poor South Africans.

Via Mail & Guardian Africa reports:

Motsepe made his announcement on Wednesday in Johannesburg, amid speculation he was going to buy South Africa’s Independent Newspaper Group from major shareholders Independent News and Media. Rumours also circled African Rainbow Minerals, of which he is the founder and executive chairperson, would make purchases in the platinum sector.

According to Forbes, Motsepe’s net worth alone is at $2.65-billion as of November 2012.

Motsepe said the money given to the Motsepe Foundation would contribute in particular to addressing education and health issues in South Africa.

In a live video at the event, billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates commended Motsepe’s decision.

The announcement was attended by the likes of King Goodwill Zwelithini, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, Rabbi Warren Goldstein and other religious leaders.

Motsepe was recently in Davos – as was Denis O’Brien, Independent News and Media’s biggest shareholder who met with President Jacob Zuma around “shareholdings in South Africa” – and expressed an interest in the media group, according to Bloomberg, leading to speculation he wanted to buy the South African media arm of the Irish publishing company.

Good news for a change. Let the others follow in his footsteps. He is a good role model.

While this is a magnificent altruistic gesture, excitement should be contained owing to the culture of corruption which persists in this country. Many will want to feed around this huge honeypot, not only the poor.

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