The Maphalane Story

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.

The two Trustees, under the leadership of and Chairmanship of Mr. Mosiapoa, brings with them vast experience and knowledge to the Board in assisting with strategic direction prioritization of the differently abled/physically challenged in the Norther Cape Province and Thabazimbi Local Municipality.

Future Growth

What is Maphalane Disability Trust doing to improve the lives of those suffering with disability?

Our Dedicated Team

Sustainability of how the organisation operates is key and this is also employed in the different community projects the Board of Trustees considers for approval. The Trust has sought the expertise of a Legal Trustee Ms. Sara Keller, Donor Representative Mrs Katrina Kasper, Disability Sector Representative Mr. Tshepo Mogotsi as well as a professional Charted Accountant Mr. Sechaba Thole in forming part of our Board.

Steve Maphalane



Nelson Mosiapoa



Motsamai Manong



Bontle Wildebees

Executive Trustee


Sechaba Thole

Finance Trustee


Katriena Kasper

Donor Recommendation


Sarah Keller

Legal Trustee


Tshepo Mogotsi

Disability Community Rep

We’re celebrating our 10th year in operations,  read what our Chairman of the  Trust has to say.


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.