About Marake M Morapeli
Marake Michael Morapeli retired in 1994 as Chief Director in the Department of Education and Training. In 1982 he became the first Black Rector of the Soweto College of Education. He obtained an M Ed from Wits University in 1984.
He hailed from Bothaville in the Free State where he lost his father at a young age, resulting in him moving to Johannesburg with his uncle with whom he grew up. This move made it possible for him to progress with his education – as the child of a farmworker he would possibly at best have reached Grade 6. His uncle worked in a low paying job in a factory and the young Michael had to contribute to the cost of his education by working in shops and in gardens over weekends.
He became involved with Studietrust through his friend Rev Jan Hofmeyr, a youth minister in Soweto of the then Dutch Reformed Church in Africa of which Mr Morapeli was also a member. He found that his own background prepared him for a career of service to Studietrust as an organisation that makes educational opportunities available to young South Africans with the potential and determination but without the financial means. Mr Morapeli joined the Studietrust Board of Trustees in 1984 and served as its chair from 1992 to 2011, when he became the organisation’s patron.
Under his watch Studietrust grew from humble beginnings in 1974 to rendering financial aid totalling R63 206 867 to 1106 learners and students in 2013. The individual mentoring of students, in which Mr Morapeli in earlier years participated, resulted in a success rate of Studietrust bursars over the last decade of just under 90%.
In 2011 the first Marake M Morapeli Annual lecture was delivered by Studietrust alumnus Mr Thamsanqa Maqubela, at the time SAGDA CEO. This was followed in 2013 by Prof Tinyiko Maluleke, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg. Prof Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor of Wits University, accepted the invitation to deliver the 2014 lecture on 2 October, on the occasion of Studietrust’s 40th birthday celebration.
A video on Mr Morapeli’s life and contribution was made for screening at his farewell function when he stepped down as chair of the Studietrust Board in 2011 and can be watched by following this link.
Marake M Morapeli Annual Lecture Prof Adam Habib
Studietrust Conference, Thursday, 2 October 2014 at 09:15
School of Tourism and Hospitality, the Kerzner Building, University of Johannesburg
University of Johannesburg
Professor Adam Habib
Programme Director, the National Director of the Studietrust, Dr Murray, Members of Board, Staff and Alumni of the Studietrust, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Comrades. Allow me to express my sincere appreciation to Dr Murray Hofmeyr and his team for inviting me to deliver the annual Marake Morapeli Lecture today, on the occasion of Studietrust’s 40th birthday celebration. It is indeed an honour and a privilege to do so.
Inaugural Marake Michael Morapeli Annual Lecture – Studietrust AGM
University of Johannesburg, Nov 30, 2011
By Thamsanqa Maqubela, Executive Director of SAGDA and Studietrust Executive Board Member and Alumnus
In organizations with the power to persist through turbulent eras, one finds leaders who live as if they were stewards of a legacy-the culture, mission, and founding spirit of the organization. These legacy leaders may be physicians, administrators, chief executives, or board members, but they all have the ability to weave a thread of constancy through times of peril. Five attributes characterize legacy leaders: Their work is a vocation, they possess a moral code, they are committed to stewardship, they have a bias for building, and they instil hope. Legacy leaders stay with one organization a very long time, patiently removing obstacles to worthy accomplishments.