The Maphalane Disabled children’s Trust, registered in 2005, essentially is a charitable foundation, for the benefit of previously disadvantaged individuals and organization.It was founded by a social –entrepreneur and cum mining investor in both metals and furious minerals, who in 2001 solicited the partnership of Steve Maphalane a disability activist and a profession on disability and a school principle of a special needs school, known as Elizabeth Conradie in Kimberley.
Not only did Steve Maphalane draw from his professional networks of the disability sector, he also brought along highly resourced and knowledgeable support and organization and individuals, amongst which was South African National Council of the Blind, of which he was serving as National Executive Members. Monageng Lucas Monageng who at the time was serving as the deputy chairperson of the South African National Council for the Blind, Northern Cape.
The Board of Trustees appointed two additional trustees namely Rev. Motsamai Zachariah Manong and Ms. Bontle Wildebees (who is living with a disability) who assisted in complementing the work and the cause of social-economic agenda of the previously disadvantaged.
A critical new venture envisaged by the Trust is the planned building project of the Maphalane Disability Trust Office Park in order to adapt and enlarge the Trust Centre.
We hope that some of the programmes at the Trust will eventually be used as models by other organisations in other disability structures.
The MDT plans for uninterrupted growth and implement projects in line with the Integrated Development Program, National Development Plan as well as the National Disability Plan, so that models for further application can be created.
Maphalane Disability Trust looks forward to increased involvement from those who share the vision of making a difference to the most vulnerable of our disabled communities.The long history of the Maphalane Disability Trust (MDT) is entrenched in building sustainable partnerships for poverty eradication as well as granting both intellectual and physical mobility.