• Octavia Makgati

Michael Moloto

Updated: Nov 7, 2020

Michael Moloto is the man with a giant heart that continues to leave a footprint of noble deeds, hope, people development, and socio-economic transformation in communities of South Africa. His good deeds epitomize purposeful living and servant leadership. He was born in Limpopo province, in a village called Malokela, Burgersfort district.

He is an inspirational leader, a veteran in community and people development, and a sports enthusiast. He studied Human Sciences at the USA University; he holds a master’s in sports psychologist; he is a former Wits university lecturer.

I had a permanent resistance in the USA, but I felt it was important to go back home to use what I have learned in the USA to help empower my brothers and sisters and contribute to economic development of the African continent. I saw the people from the diaspora as very selfish”. He said that laughing.

Amongst the list of his accomplished community development project are; He raised funds to build a community church that accommodates 120 people; he has built community health in Malokela village with the partnership of Transnet and the Department of health.

Subsequent to the completion of the project, Transnet was fascinated by his dedication to community development and his extraordinary work that they offered him an opportunity to work with them on other community development projects that were initiated by Transnet.

He is the brains behind Rosina Sedibane Sports School in Laudiumin, Gauteng province. The school has over 400 beneficiaries receiving sports education including; football, netball, swimming, athletics, tennis, etc. The naming of the school was after he presented the soccer school idea to the Gauteng MEC's office and the MEC asked him what he is going to name the school, his response was Gauteng Sports School. However, the MEC was not intrigued by the name and requested him to research a woman who because of apartheid could not achieve her aspirations and name the school after her. Rosina Sedibane fitted the description of the MEC, therefore the school was named after her.

He later partnered with Anglo-American to identify and develop young talents, this program was able to provide bursaries to 45 children in sports school from Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

He has built a soccer complex in Malokela village, Limpopo province. The soccer complex was launched by Dr. Aron Motswaledi, the current minister of Home Affairs on behalf of the former premier of Limpopo Mr. Ngoako Ramatlhodi.

He was recently approached by the local young soccer talent to be their coach. Although coaching is not his interest, he could not deny an opportunity of nurture a young talent. He remembered the major stars he has produced that are now playing on the PSL team, the likes of Keagan Dolly, Phakamani Mahlambi, and many more.

In 2016 he started an ambulance service company. The idea came after a family member who was very sick demanded to go to the hospital by ambulance. However, getting an affordable ambulance service was difficult and that was his realisation of shortage of ambulance. Within his company, he also has a non-profit company where he sponsors community members who need hospital services but cannot afford to hire an ambulance.

He noted politics and people management as some of the challenges to community development.

"People will try to intimate you, therefore, you must be thick skin and be fearless. It is important to know how to manage people because people can work against your projects". He said.

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