Media Statements

Extensive philanthropic work and support (financial and through personal engagement) over the past 78 years by the Yach family of Cape Town has been warmly acknowledged with the 2016 Inyathelo award for family philanthropy.

The announcement was made last night (Thursday 3 November) at the tenth annual philanthropy awards of Inyathelo, The South African Institute for Advancement.

Inyathelo acting executive director, Nomfundo Walaza, said the family philanthropy award goes to families who have established foundations or similar vehicles for giving; and who use the foundation to encourage family members to become involved in purposeful giving.

Morris Mauerberger established The Mauerberger Foundation, a private family trust, in 1938.  The Foundation has been chaired by several family members - Solm Yach, Estelle Yach (who led the Foundation for over 20 years) and now Dianna Yach, who accepted the award on behalf of the family. 

Thousands of individuals and communities have been touched by their philanthropy over the past eight decades.

“The work of the Foundation is exceptional,” said Walaza. “It supports, with commitment and energy, education, healthcare, arts and culture, medicine, antiquities, social justice, women’s rights, economic development, literature, youth development, research, poverty alleviation, those that are differently-abled, science, agriculture… in fact, it is seemingly impossible to find an area of human enterprise that has not been supported by The Mauerberger Foundation.

“The family are particularly recognised for the interactive relationships they have with their grantees.  Support is always about much more than money. Visits, encouragement, personal engagement and keen discussions form an integral part of their empowerment programme.”

Issued by:      Meropa Communications

On behalf of: Inyathelo (The South African Institute for Advancement)

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