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The Uyinene Mrwetyana Foundation©   was founded in celebration of the life of Uyinene Mrwetyana.

She is remembered by her loved ones as a person who stood out from the crowd. She was bubbly, kind and caring. She brought light and positive energy to everyone that she engaged with. “Uyi-uyi”, as she was affectionately known, was a keen athlete and artist dedicated to building her physical and spiritual health.

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Uyinene was known to be inquisitive, forthright and vocal about the various social ills which plague our society – including patriarchal oppression and issues of gender-based violence.

It is for this reason that this Foundation’s main aim is to empower young people to stand against violence.

We, as a family,

are committed to

continue the fight

against GBV.

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Uyinene was a student at UCT at the time of her untimely passing in August 2019 at the age of 19. Her passing – through a gruesome and despicable deed – brought to the fore the GBV debate across the country and internationally. The UCT student body and community members at large marched to Parliament to present a memorandum to President Cyril Ramaphosa to urge the government to put an end to GBV. 

Hence the formation of Uyinene Mrwetyana Foundation© which will become the vehicle we will use to continue her legacy. We are the custodians of the life and memory of Uyinene. We are a committed facilitator of her living legacy. Our mandate is to promote her lifelong vision of fighting all forms of injustice against women. Uyinene Mrwetyana is a registered name and trademark owned by the Mrwetyana Family. Unauthorised use of the name and trade mark is in direct contravention of the law and the Mrwetyana Family reserves the right to institute legal proceedings.



Annual Report '23

The year of developing young boys to be responsible men. 


2nd Annual Dinner

Celebrating 2 years of the Uyinene Mrwetyana Foundation, we were honoured to have guest keynote speaker Dr Mlambo-Ngcuka at our event.

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1st for Women

We partnered with 1st for Women to keep the pressure on policymakers, and ensure the actual accountability and the implementation of the National Council on GBVF - and prevent lip service.


Every Day is Halloween

We partnered with MultiChoice on Every Day is Halloween. The campaign used the horror of Halloween as the everyday in the lives of women. 

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Nene's 21st Birthday

Social Media Awareness Campaign


1st Annual Celebration

A celebration of a life well lived.

The Uyinene Mrwetyana Foundation 1st Annual Celebration Gala Dinner was held this past weekend

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Violence Against Women Webinar

Collaborative initiative with South African Medical Research Council-University of SA's Masculinity & Health Research Unit, and the Psychological Society of SA.

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Social Campaigns

The UMF designed and distributed awareness campaigns to create conversation and provide information. 

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3rd Annual Commemoration

The 3rd Annual Commemoration included a panel discussion on the role of society in the eradication of GBVF and an Award Ceremony for the Youth Development Programme, with learners from Njeza High School, Gobe Commercial High School, and Nathaniel Phamla High School.


Dignity Drive 1.0

We embarked on a mission delivering parcels of women’s hygiene goods to the youth during our 16 days of activism. 

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We partnered with Distell for a project called Body of Evidence where artists created conversations and performed pieces about GBV.

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Mancosa Youth

We partnered with Mancosa who offered the UMF 20 licences to do short courses on soft skills to make unemployed youths more employable.

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Human Rights

Awareness Campaign for Human Rights.

Remembering those we have lost. 


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Advocacy Campaigns

Stand Up - Speak Up

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Partnership with Multichoice

The partnership aimed to educate and mobilise citizens in order to eradicate acts of violence against women and children.

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Psychologist Chat

UMF online psychological support service that uses a qualified Psychologist. Approximately three people a day access this service on the busiest week.

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Awareness Walk 2022

Coming together, united in change.

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Dignity Drive 2.0

We embarked on a mission delivering parcels of women’s hygiene goods to the youth during our 16 days of activism. 

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Post Office to Parliament

We are calling all South Africans to action by facilitating thousands of letters demanding the end of Gender-Based Violence. These are independently collected and taken from the Post Office in Claremont to Parliament in Cape Town.

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Consent Talks

We identified schools around the Eastern Cape and we hosted a 'road show' where we talk about consent.

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Meditation Campaign

When we cannot control the outer world, it is wise to nurture your inner world. 

Mental Health Awareness.


R100K handover from Dr. T Green

Former Miss SA hands over cheque to Uyinene Mrwetyana Foundation

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The Inkciyo Dignity Drive

As part of the Covid - 19 relief efforts, the Uyinene Mrwetyana Foundation donated toiletries as well as fleece blankets to shelters for displaced women and children.

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Masculinity & Health Research Unit

Initiating change within university structures. We were pleased to see the positive response of the youth.

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Prevention of GBV

- Advocacy and awareness campaigns
- Education and training of communities on GBV.

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Holistic support services

- Provide a safe haven for displaced women and children.
- Provide support networks to survivors of gender based violence.

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Youth Leadership Development

- Partnering with tertiary institutions to provide accredited courses on gender sensitive leadership skills.

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A society free of gender- based violence.


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To be an instrumental partner,

and a platform for youth engagement,

in the fight against gender- based violence.

Focus Areas



We believe that all young people deserve to believe in new possibilities.


We are committed to truthfulness and integrity in upholding the credibility of UMF in all we do.


We are genuinely concerned about the plight of survivors of GBV.


We uphold a high level of professionalism in the roll- out of our programmes.

Advocacy & Social justice

We are committed to create positive change and to fight the injustices that continue to exist in our society.

Youth Leadership

We aim to encourage the alliance and involvement of youth to promote the transformation of the communities in which they live.

Holistic Development

We believe in promoting spiritual, mental, social, physical and emotional well-being.

Your Donation Matters


Uyinene Mrwetyana Foundation Trust





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