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Mphatheleni Makaulule - Programme Coordinator (Phangami)
Mphatheleni Makaulule was brought up in Vuvha, a village of the VhaVenda tribe of northern South Africa. She has a deep passion for the culture and traditions of her people, and has watched the fast attrition of her culture as westernisation and modernisation have engulfed her community. While increasingly the local youth believe that the elders of the community are “uneducated” in the western tradition and have nothing to offer them, Mphatheleni has spent countless hours sitting with the elders, or “libraries of knowledge” as she calls them, learning about social and ecological governance.
In 1999 Mpathe built the “Luvhola Cultural Village” with the help of community members. Then, in 2007 she founded and registered the Mupo Foundation in order to further facilitate this work.
Elfrieda Pschorn-Strauss - Director
D Z O M O L A M U P O
Johannes Ramunangi – Dzomo la Mupo Chairperson
Makhadzi Vho Tshisikhawe – Dzomo la Mupo Deputy Chairperson
O T H E R S
Liz Hosken – Board member
We would like to thank Ruth Leavett for volunteering with The Mupo Foundation and helping us to create this website in 2011.