Rachel KolisiCo-Founder at The Kolisi Foundation
Rachel Kolisi is the co-founder of The Kolisi Foundation which was established in March 2020 with a vision to change the narrative of inequality for people in vulnerable and under-resourced communities in South Africa. The Kolisi Foundation is an expression of Siya and Rachel Kolisi’s commitment to always “Remember the one, one by one.”
Her dedication to The Kolisi Foundation is part of her long-standing passion to serve individuals and communities across the country. From as early as 1990, Rachel has been involved in charitable and community development projects which have brought about transformation for many different communities. She believes that The Kolisi Foundation is a vehicle through which many lives can be impacted on a much greater scale.
Rachel was born in Mafikeng, and raised in Grahamstown, a small town in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. She attended Victoria Girls’ High School and matriculated in 2008. She worked five jobs simultaneously in order to put herself through tertiary studies, graduating with a degree in Events Management at the Stellenbosch Hotel School. After completing her studies, Rachel worked as a marketing and events coordinator at a large marketing company in Cape Town.
Rachel is also the co-owner of Rise, a movement dedicated to helping women live more purposeful lives, through health and fitness. She is passionate about empowering and encouraging women to be strong in who and where they are now.
During her pregnancy with their firstborn -Nicholas - Siya was reunited with his younger siblings after 7 years of being apart. Since December 2014, they have been part of the Kolisi household. Rachel, a mother to four children, is the heart of the house and the integral hub through which all activity passes.