Founding StatementThe Mvula Trust is a legally established organisation in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of South Africa
Who We Are
The Trust known as THE MVULA TRUST was initially established in terms of a Founding Trust Deed (” Founding Trust Deed”) executed at Johannesburg and Midrand on various dates between the 10 and 18 of March 1993; which Founding Trust Deed was duly registered with the Master of the High Court, Pretoria on 13 July 1993, as required by the law, under Registration Number 1595/93.
The Founding Trust Deed was subsequently amended and substituted in its entirety by a new Trust Deed (“the First Amending Trust Deed”) executed at Braamfontein, Midrand, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Centurion and Cape Town on various dates between 14 and 29 of May 1997; and duly registered with the Master of the High Court, Pretoria, as required by the law.
In terms of the First Amending Trust Deed, the Trustees were required to review the terms thereof, including the structure of the Trust, by no later than 31 March 2001. The Trustees duly undertook such mandated review and the amendments resulting from the review were incorporated within the Trust Deed, which was executed as the Second Amending Trust Deed at Braamfontein, Midrand, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Centurion and Cape Town on various dates in 2002 and duly registered with the Master of the High Court, Pretoria as required by the law.
The Third Amending Trust Deed and Fourth Amending Trust Deed were executed on various dates in 2006 and 2014 respectively and duly registered with the Master of the High Court, Pretoria as required by the law.
Following a review of the Fourth Amending Trust Deed to, among other things, align the provisions thereof with best practice; the Trustees have now resolved to further amend the Trust Deed in the manner hereinafter provided and to approve the Fifth Amending Trust Deed.
The Mvula Trust was incorporated as a non – governmental organization (NGO) in 1993, with funds that were made available from the Kagiso Trust and the Independent Development Trust (IDT).
The initial core function of The Mvula Trust was that of a non-profit grant making institution for community water schemes in rural areas. The founding Trustees envisioned a flexible, innovative and effective vehicle for supporting the work of the new democratic government in dealing with the disparities faced by South Africa at the time.
From 1994, the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) collaborated with The Mvula Trust and this enabled The Mvula Trust to make lending facilities available to communities for the creation of community water schemes. The Mvula Trust became the official implementing agent to the Reconstruction and Development Plan (RDP) in 1995 for water, sanitation and related services. Despite legislative changes, The Mvula Trust has remained the NGO implementing agent of choice by the National Government of South Africa, thereby providing support to national, provincial and local government programmes.
The Mvula Trust is currently Africa’s largest NGO in Water and Sanitation, when cumulatively measuring annual turnover, number of projects and activities, as well as years of existence.