Improving the future

Transforming Lives through Education

The Welcome to the HM Pitje Foundation, where we are dedicated to transforming lives and communities through the power of education. Our mission is simple yet powerful: to alleviate poverty by empowering individuals with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive.


Join us on our mission to make education accessible to all, regardless of their socioeconomic background. Together, we can create a world where every individual has the opportunity to reach their full potential. Explore our programs, get involved, and become a part of the positive change happening in our communities.

HM Pitje Foundation CEO, Kgomotso Moloantoa

About Us

since 2012

Remember where you come from

The HM Pitje Foundation was founded by Khudusela Pitje in 2012 in honor of his late father HM Pitje who was devoted to the improvement of education in disadvantaged areas.


Our Vision

Our vision is to create government schools with high standards and good infrastructure that people aspire to go to – with a mixture of fee paying and non-fee paying to support communities.


Our Mission

To alleviate poverty through education. We aim to empower our communities through educational development Programmes such as the School Adoption Programme, the HMP 100+4 Youth Programme and the Future Icons Programme.


Biography of Mr. Hezekiah Mothibe Pitje

Mr. Hezekiah Mothibe Pitje, otherwise known as HM Pitje, was born in Phokwane in Limpopo on the 7th September 1914. Growing up in an impoverished rural area, his learning opportunities were further limited by the decision he made at the age of 15 to leave the village and seek employment in the old Transvaal to support his family..

Nevertheless, despite his difficult circumstances, he started as a ‘kitchen boy’ and managed to work his way up to own small businesses within the townships of New Brighton (Eastern Cape), Soshanguve and Mamelodi.

One of his greatest achievements was being elected as the first Mayor of Mamelodi in 1969. During his term as mayor, he prioritized educational support for needy students by promoting school initiatives with his own funds and now his legacy lives on through the HM Pitje Foundation.

What we do

Our Programmes

We aim to be the vehicle to grow and nuture future leaders through remodelling townships’ schools into Schools of Excellence and thus leading by example. Our objective is to create employment opportunities for the communities’ youth.


School Adoption Programme

The Foundation adopts schools in disadvantaged areas across South Africa. It Addresses school issues such as wellness, infrastructure development, literacy, remedial classes, libraries and training.

HMP 100+4 Youth Programme

The Youth Programme is aimed at creating jobs through learnerships, internships and SMEE development. Learners will gain the important skills they need to be employable in the future world of work.

HMP Future Icons Programme

Despite the challenges he encountered in his youth, HM Pitje still managed to succeed, to support and inspire communities. Practical tools will be given to help youth start their own businesses across multiple fields.

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Youth Programme

Youth Programme

HMP 100+4 Youth Programme The HM Pitjie 100+ 4 Youth Programme is aimed at creating jobs through learnerships, internships and SMEE development. Youth Development programs target the current unemployment rate of 27 per cent (52 per cent for those between the ages of...

Recent Events

Recent Events

The HM Pitje Foundation recently launched the Youth Development Programme to contribute to addressing the unemployment crisis with an unemployment rate of 27% (52% for those between 15 and 24 year olds). DFA is supporting the Foundation by contributing towards...

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