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Bertha Gxowa Foundation

Passionate about Uplifting and Inspiring Women

Building an ecosystem of women owned entreprises.

The Bertha Gxowa Foundation (BGF) has been shaped by the vision and values of Mama Bertha Gxowa and the committed leadership of the trustees drawn from the government, business sectors and civil society.

  • BGF implements projects and initiatives directed at women’s rights, gender equality and the empowerment of women, with particular focus on the rights of women and the girl-child.
  • BGF considers research and knowledge-based resources to be of vital importance in grounding initiatives aimed at transforming society and achieving gender equality and women empowerment.
  • BGF acts in partnership with relevant academic and reserach institutions, the private, public and civil society sectors at national, continental and global level.


Living the Legacy of Mama Bertha Gxowa…

News Highlights

INVITATION | 28 November 2023

Bertha Gxowa Memorial Lecture 2023 Invitation

annual memorial lecture 2023

Theme: The Life and Times of Mama Bertha Gxowa towards sustainable development.

The Honourable Panyaza Lesufi as Key Note Speaker and Dr Chana Pilane-Majake, Chairperson of the Bertha Gxowa Foundation.


December 2023:

Our annual Christmas Party for the Elderly

details to follow…


BGF Programmes

Bertha Gxowa programme

Charlotte Maxeke Research Programme

Knowledge production by BGF, celebrating SA research addressing issues related to BGF mission on growing quality women owned enterprises and women in leadership


The Bertha Gxowa Foundation is committed to reducing the rate of poverty in the communities by facilitating an enabling working environment for women.

These projects were selected by BGF based on the evidence of business interest by project members and a commitment to the project.  As a Foundation, we belive in committing to developing our existing portfolio of projects which will impact the quality of life of our beneficiaries in a positive manner.

BGF is dedicated to not only identifying viable projects, but ensuring through technical training, on-site capacity building and financial support the development of Black Women start-up enterprises.

For management to be able to support these projects Capital Expenditure and Administration Costs have been outlined in our budget.

BGF Memorial lecture 2019 with BGF Trustees Thandi Khumalo and Susan Sicina, and their children
BGF Memorial Lecture 2019 with Minister of Small Business
BGF Memorial Lecture 2019 attendees
BGF Memorial Lecture 2019 Q&A time with the audience
BGF Memorial Lecture | Event in Pictures

The Bertha Gxowa Foundation Trust (BGF) hosted a Memorial Lecture on the 28th of November 2019,
to celebrate and commemmorate the birthday of Mama Bertha Gxowa.

Read all about it here
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