Mazda Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd. is pleased to announce the 4th anniversary of the Mazda Foundation Southern Africa, a non-profit company. The launch of the Foundation took place on the 23rd of November 2017, with initial funding from Mazda Motor Corporation, Mazda Southern Africa, Mazda Dealer Network and key business partners and suppliers.
The Mazda Foundation’s aims and objectives include, but are not limited to, the provision of financial aid to funds, authorities and institutions which provide meaningful programs that make a difference at all levels in the community. These will include institutions who are dedicated to providing assistance to young people through education and employment skills development, with particular emphasis on children from disadvantaged backgrounds; institutions who provide assistance in the development of technology; and those bodies dedicated to the maintenance and improvement of the natural environment, research, feasibility, surveys or any other work that address community needs that are aligned with the Mazda Foundation’s aims and objectives.
For the Foundation it is not about supporting the biggest, well-known charities. It is about finding those that do community work and where the community has a real need for their work. We are currently supporting these life-changing projects and will continue in 2022 to assist them in the work they do:
We are also planning to work with SAPESI and VET Books for Africa in the new year.
“We stay in regular contact with these projects and our aim is to visit each and every project that the foundation supports. Personal involvement with the projects is important to continuously align with the needs of these projects, but also to show that the Mazda Foundation is not just about providing funds - we believe that it is the people that make the biggest difference”, says Mr. Craig Roberts – chairman of the Mazda Foundation SA Advisory Board.
One of our ongoing projects is the making of school bags from recyclable billboard material. Mazda Southern Africa in collaboration with the Mazda Foundation Southern Africa donated used billboard material, which was then recycled into high-quality school bags and stationery supplies for children in need.
In March this year, the 7th Annual Mazda Social Contribution Prize Awards took place, where Mazda Corporation recognizes outstanding social contribution activities to raise internal and/or external recognition and awareness. Our School Bags Project was selected as one of the 14 finalists and the Mazda Foundation South Africa was awarded one of only 4 Honourable mention awards for this year.
This was the only Award to a project “outside of Japan” itself and is a fantastic achievement but more importantly its recognition of the positive contribution we as the Mazda Foundation SA and Mazda Southern Africa are making and will continue to make to our society.
More information on the projects that the Mazda Foundation supports is available on our