Gibson Joseph Thula

Afrisun East Rand Community Trust

The Afrisun East Rand Community Trust was launched at Carnival City in February 2001. The Trust is a Shareholder in Carnival City and utilizes its income for these objectives.

Founder of the Trust: Late Baba Gibson Joseph Thula (16 January 1934 – 17 February 2016)
Chairperson: Mrs Nolwandle J. “Nollie” Mboweni
The CEO: Mrs Pumla Mutle
Office Manager: Ms Hunadi Mphahlele
Trustees: Dr. Z. Ngcwabe
Bishop T. Tshabangu
Ms Gugulethu Ndlangamandla
Mr Abbey Witbooi
Dr Derrick Mdluli
Past Trustees: Mr. Cyril Jantjies
Mr. Goitsemang Moseki
Mr. Pule Malefane
Mr. Clyde Louw
Ms. Bandi Biko

  1. Area of Development:
    The primary vision is in skills development and employment creation projects in Social Health and Welfare, Arts and Culture, Education, Sports and Animal Welfare.
  2. Where does the Trust receive it’s funding from?
    Dividends are declared each six months from Carnival City and each quarter Manco the Managing CompanyThe Trust works according to the Bid Document presented to the Gauteng Gaming Board and projects are undertaken in Ekurhuleni.
  3. The structure
    The Chairman and the six Trustees.
  4. Time Limit on Projects
    The Trust determines the time frame according to the project, between three to a twelve month period.
  5. How are projects selected?
    A monthly meeting where proposals are scrutinized, a quarterly Board Meeting where the decisions are taken. The project would have to serve the greater need in the community, would have been managed successfully thus far but due to insufficient funding they are unable to expand or they wish to do further training in their field. A need may have arisen for further equipment to be purchased or the building to be upgraded. The special needs of the mentally and physically challenged, the education of children, the safety of the elderly and the creation of skills and employment for those in the area are of utmost important to the Trust.
  6. Type of projects
    A social strata targeted is a” better life for all in Ekurhuleni”. The upliftment of lives, education and the care of HIV/Aids patients, supplying running water and ablution facilities in the informal settlement, a safe haven for the abused women and children, the training of sports men and women to represent South Africa and the training of life and business skills.
  7. By assisting certain projects, we have been able to empower small business ventures, sewing schools , pre schools, arts and crafts centers and boxing gyms to name a few. These are people who previously were unemployed and had no self worth, today they are able to employ the local people and have shared their skills and have succeeded in their field.
  8. The Trust projects are overseen by Trustees with support from the project who has to nominate a project manager who works together with the Trust, the manager is then fully responsible for the project  and has the full support system of the Trust. A monthly meeting is held with the project and Trustee and problems are addressed, a monthly report is required by the Trust with a finance report. Project Managers are given a cheque account at First national Bank in the name of the project and are taught banking skills. This is a joint bank account with a Trustee and the project having signing powers. Quotes have to be obtained and goods purchased, with emphasis being put on SME and local suppliers. The Trust facilitates the networking with the department of Social Welfare and Department of Works. Business plans and Financial Statements are required.

The Afrisun East Rand Community Trust has thus far invested in excess of  30 Million Rand in numerous projects since 2001 in uplifting the lives of the people in Ekurhuleni and welcome active partnerships in future projects.

Our Vision

To be a community orientated development Trust

Our Mission Statement

To be a Trust that supports sustainable projects in the Eats Rand, intended to address the socio-economic needs of disadvantaged communities through partnerships

Our Values

  • Integrity
  • Honesty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Objectivity
  • Fairness
  • Trustworthiness
  • Transparency