The SOMAFCO Trustees are young individuals who, of their own volition, decided that the ethos and principles of SOMAFCO, the communities of Mazimbu and Dakawa and the exile experience in general, can play a role in amplifying South Africa’s vision and democracy.

The SOMAFCO Trust Executive Team

Mr. Tlholo Mohlathe – Tlholo is a former SOMAFCO student, co-founder and Chairperson of the SOMAFCO Trust. In his previous role as Head of Trust,  he has tirelessly worked to continue the timeless ethos which underpinned the success of SOMAFCO in Tanzania. He strongly believes that the invaluable lesson about SOMAFCO is its ability of invent, re-invent itself and to create new realities. Under his leadership, the SOMAFCO Trust has grown into a 14 year old organization which has empowered youth through various programs and through various key collaborations.

Mr. Oupa Mahlatsi – Mr. Mahlatsi co-founder of the SOMAFCO X initiative which later evolved into the SOMAFCO X Trust and later the SOMAFCO Trust. Mr. Mahlatsi’s selfless contribution and commitment has helped the SOMAFCO Trust to grow in leaps and bounds. He is currently responsible for administration and operations. Mr. Mahlatsi leads to the SOMAFCO Trust’s social mobilization and facilitation programme commonly referred to as the asset based community development programme ( ABCD).
Mr.Ntokozo Thusi- Ntokozo is also a former SOMAFCO student who joined the SOMAFCO Trust in 2010. He headed the relationship between the SOMAFCO Trust and its then anchor partner, the Independent Development Trust ( IDT). Ntokozo is Acting Head of the SOMAFCO Trust and is currently steering the organization.


The SOMAFCO Team Members

Ms. Nomafa Matlou –  Is a former SOMAFCO student and holds a diploma in business management. Ms Matlou,a trustee, has been with the SOMAFCO Trust from inception and has played a very critical role in the SOMAFCO Trust’s development. She adds immense value to the strategic direction of the SOMAFCO Trust as a trustee and participates passionately during the implementation process of programs.

The original mission of SOMAFCO as was stated in the ANC’s education policy continues to be principles guiding SOMAFCO Trust. These where captured as follows:

  • “prepare cadres to serve the national struggle of the people of South Africa in the phase of the struggle for seizure of political power and the post liberation phase”; and
  • “produce such cadres as will be able to serve the society in all fields i.e. political, economic, socio-cultural, educational and scientific..”.

SOMAFCO Trust’s also owes its 14 year existence to the support of young, passionate and committed people who have been part of its journey at different

We encourage all committed South Africans to join the Somafco Volunteer network to participate in our social efforts when they arise.