Our Inspiration

Professor Mazisi Kunene was a great freedom fighter, literary icon and poet. A talented writer whose inspiration was the history of Zulu people, the liberation of Africans everywhere and the oral traditions of African literature.
Kunene’s works were originally written in Zulu before they were translated into other languages, because he championed the inherent value of African literature written in African languages. Emperor Shaka the Great & Anthem of the Decades are two of his best known works.

Our Start

Three months before Mazisi Raymond Fakazi Mngoni Kunene ascended to join the ancestors, the Mazisi Kunene Foundation Trust was launched at the International Convention Centre in Durban on June 3, 2006.

Among those present were His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithi, the First Lady Mrs. Zanele Mbeki, Minister of Arts and Culture Z. Pallo Jordan, the Premier of KwaZulu/Natal Sibusiso Ndebele and Mrs. Mathabo Kunene.

Our Success

Through a concerted effort by the Kunene Foundation,the Kunene Centre of Excellence, Bidvest Freight & many other dedicated partners we've successfully increased the Matriculation Pass Rate at KwaHluzingqondo High School from 33% in 2009 to 87% in 2013!!

KwaHluzingqondo High is located in Professor Kunene's hometown of Amahlongwa, South Africa.

Meet Our Team

From its inception, the Kunene Foundation has been a labour of love. We owe our measurable progress to personal & corporate partnerships that have nurtured our growth. Listed below are some members of our current team.

Mrs.Mathabo Kunene

Executive Director
Mathabo's strategic & developmental leadership is vital to all aspects of the Foundation's work. Inheriting her philanthropic nature by watching her parents selflessly, pioneer educational opportunities for disadvantaged children.

Zosukuma Kunene

Communication Director

In addition to managing crucial corporate partnerships, Zosukuma has successfully secured funding & in-kind donations for both small & large-scale projects. Boundless enthusiasm powers everything he does.

Ra Kunene

Program Outreach Director

Ra develops special initiatives designed to support positive outcomes for students as they transition through Foundation programs. A seasoned entrepreneur, Ra inspires others to dream big.

Lamakhosi Kunene

Director of Digital Marketing

Brimming with creativity, Lamakhosi builds brand awareness through captivating content & social media. An artist at heart, she blends unconventional thinking & traditional methods, to increase digital reach.

Rre Kunene

Art Director

Rre is passionate about the acquisition, preservation and promotion of important art, with an emphasis on African work.

Eleanor R. Khoapa

Business Development

Ms.Khoapa provides business development, strategic & operational planning services for the Mazisi Kunene Foundation.

Ntsika Gumede

Senior Administrator

Dedicated to the completion of daily operations & the achievement of longterm goals, Ntsika is an exceptional office manager.

Delene Murray

Executive Accounts Manager

Dependable, diligent & focused, Ms.Murray is the Kunene Foundation's Lead Bookkeeper & Accounts Manager.