By CityLife Arts Writer
Matome Rapetsoa The Chief Executive of Mahuma Group celebrated on Women’s day with Mito Stars, a female only soccer team based in Zola Soweto, where he handed branded soccer materials and other items to the soccer team and it’s Coach Mito Matola.
In an event attended by the Mito Starts team, the parents and the stake holders in soccer around the area, the girls were sponsored with soccer kits, bags, T-shirts, hoodies and many more items including sanitary pads and treated to lunch and entertainment from Mahuma Groups theatre cast, Get Down Production.
Rapetsoa developed a spirit of giving when he formed an NGO named Matome Rapetsoa Foundation which he uses to assist families in distraught in and around his Province in Limpopo Polokwane and, to adopt schools to assist them and the scholars with their needs.
He recently raised more than R300 000 to rebuild a house for this one family in Seshego near Polokwane when it burnt down after catching fire.
Mito Stars was lucky enough to be the chosen team to receive a gear from him for women’s Day. “As I have recently celebrated my birthday I always give back and this time I felt the girls need my support,” Rapetsoa said. He heard from his PR team that there was a team which needed assistance with branding as they had received a donation from Kaiser Chiefs after it donated a soccer kit for its Mandela day initiative. Rapetsoa offered to print the gear but felt that more needed to be done.
It was then that he decide to organise a new gear and offer them other things like sanitary pads, hoodies and beanies as it is winter, T-Shirts and many other Items. Coach Mito along his team mates could not hide their tears and happiness when they saw the items donated.
Rapetsoa says it was very important for him to do something meaningful for the children in Johannesburg as he has done a lot in Limpopo but as his head office is situated in Centurion it made sense for him to pick an organisation from Joburg for a change. Rapetsoa is not only a business man but he is an activist against women and children abuse and does a lot of work campaigning against women and children abuse using theatre.
“I want the girls to see that not all men are trash,” Rapetsoa says. It is high time that girls see that some men will do whatever it takes to protect them. He also did s project at Seshego called please feed moms where he teaches moms to exercise and stay healthy.
Donating pads was also to show the girls to know that as Mahuma Group they want the girls to know that they support them even during the time of the month.