GAMAGARA HISTORY

FRONT ROW; From Left to Right: Lepulane Maboshego, Clement Itumeleng, Maria Diniza, Tebogo Sam Bodumele, Angeline Modise, Kehilwe Sedilang, Mashilo Mokotong BACK ROW; From Left to Right: Jacob Swartz, Motlogelwa Matsipane, Frank Visagie, Charles Phuti, Julius Andreas

Gamagara Development Forum is a section 21 company and has 13 directors that form the board, exclusive of the Chief Executive Officer. The representatives of the Board of Directors are drawn from various sectors of the beneficiary communities in the local municipality. An independent director is the chairperson of the Board, and the Board has 3 sub-committees, namely:

  • Finance, audit and risk;
  • Human Resource, Ethics, and Nominations; and
  • Projects

The forum has over the last period focused on 6 public benefit areas for its allocation of funds with the two areas of education, land and housing receiving the largest proportion of the funds.

The GDF has aligned its strategic objectives to that of the GLM and the Millennium Development Goals. From a resourcing perspective, the GDF receives 30% of the total projects allocation that SIOC-cdt (Super Trust) makes annually on public benefit activities to the beneficiary trusts. The other trusts that receive funds from the super trust include John Taolo Gaetsewe (30%), Maphalane Disabled Children's Trust (10%), Tsantsabane Social and Labour Development Forum (15%) and Thabazimbi Community Development Forum (15%).

Each Beneficiary Trust has its own Board of Trustees/Directors, depending on the manner of incorporation. Similar to the Super Trust, the Beneficiary Trusts although operating independently of the Super Trust, are required to ensure a robust governing framework. The Board of Trustees/Directors in the case of each Beneficiary Trust is ultimately responsible for all Trust activities. Currently the Beneficiary Trusts are busy with improving their processes by streamlining decision making through appropriate Board-sub committees.

The Executive Management team comprises 5 members, namely the Chief Executive Officer, Financial Manager, and 3 Projects Manager. The executive management of GDF is developed and organization in which the roles and duties of team members are such that good governance can be effected. Each executive member has a business division unit that reports to his/her functional role, and the organization operates on a flat reporting structure. The GDF has direct links to the Super Trust through the Chief Executive Officer, and GDF Chairperson who serve on the Super Trust Board representation of GDF Boards.