The SOMAFCO Trust was registered in 2006 as the SOMAFCO X Trust with registration number IT 12646/06. Initially, it was driven as an alumni organization however after various engagements and advice, the organization opened and focussed its efforts on youth upliftment.

SOMAFCO Trust’s Journey

Prior to being formally registered as a Trust, SOMAFCO X held two “Letsemas” where food parcels were distributed to needy returned exiles and former community members- some of whom were former teachers at SOMAFCO. Though this idea was halted due to its unsustainability, its success included the ability to provide food parcels to 10 families at each Letsema gathering.

The Launch Of The SOMAFCO X Trust

Through the support of the Independent Development Trust (Anchor Partner) and the Umsobomvu Youth Fund ( now NYDA), the SOMAFCO X Trust was successfully launched on April 06, 2007 with the inaugural lecture delivered by one of our honourable patrons, Mr. Henry Makgothi.

Tiyende Pamodzi- The trip To Tanzania, Mazimbu in 2008

IN 2008, the SOMAFCO X Trust supported by BHP Billiton, AngloGold Ashanti, the then Umsobomvu Youth Fund ( Now NYDA), private donors and in partnership with the City Press, Xarra Bookstores and Metro FM Talk, undertook a historic trip to Tanzania for 7 days.

This program has been undertaken on 7 occassions and is growing into an important platform to connect young people in entrepreneurship, cultural and leadership activities.  It has seen the participation of former President Kgalema Motlanthe, Minister Malusi Gigaba, Deputy Ministers Obed Bapela and Mduduzi Manana.

The program has benefited over 300 young people who have come to learn about the history of SOMAFCO.

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Other activities that have influenced the Trust’s outlook