13December2017

Donaldson Trust

Trustees

Benjamin Donaldson (chairman) is the grandson of the founder. He became a full trustee in 1978 and was elected chairman in 1995 on the retirement of Ian Haggie who had been chairman since 1978. He was a strong supporter of the trust decision to focus on rural areas and has been actively involved in many of the rural projects especially in Sekhukhuneland where he started the non-profit company Labour Intensive Training and Engineering for the purpose of creating employment through the use of labour intensive methods. Donaldson is also a member of the Order of St John and a director of the Delta Environmental Centre.

Elizabeth Donaldson is the great-granddaughter of the founder and was nominated by former secretary and trustee Marjorie Britten, a leading member of the Black Sash. She has a Master's degree from Wits and is a journalist. She is involved in various other NGOs and community initiatives. Her area of focus is the over-extended youth projects in Gauteng. By fundraising and securing donations, Donaldson provides computers, toys, clothes and food for numerous community projects. She also runs a programme that employs and assists the homeless in Johannesburg.

Christopher Mann spent the first fifteen years of his working life in rural development primarily as a director of The Valley Trust on the outskirts of Durban. During this period he joined the board of the Donaldson Trust and founded the Teacher Development Foundation. He and his family now live in Grahamstown where he is the Professor of Poetry at Rhodes, the convenor of a national multi-lingual festival of languages and literatures, the founder of the Masikhulisane Trust and the Anglican Guild of Men and the secretary of Spiritfest.

Ishmael Mkhabela is a community development facilitator, conflict resolution mediator and a professional community organizer. He's the founder and former CEO of Interfaith Community Development Association (ICDA) which pioneered community organization and conflict resolution.He founded ICDA Housing and Development Consultants (PTY) Ltd, a company that provided financial support and development services to organizations that advanced socio-economic development. He's one of the founders and former chairs of the Soweto Action Committee (SAC) and the Azanian People’s Organisation (AZAPO) and established the Witwatersrand Network for the Homeless and the Southern Africa Institute of Fundraising (SAIF).As part of the National Peace Accord, he co-mediated reconciliation through the Hostel Peace Initiative and Soweto Ministers United for Christian Co-Responsibility.

Pamela Paton is a trained radiographer/radiotherapist. She was the director of Grahamstown Publicity as well as Grahamstown City Councillor and served a double term as Mayor of Grahamstown and three terms as Chairman of Finance. She has been a council representative on the Grahamstown Public Library and was elected Alderman in 1993. She served on the board of Albany Museum and the Council of the National English Literary Museum. She chairs the Literary and Cultural Committee and is a member of the Audit, the Finance and the Building Committees. Paton joined the Grahamstown Area Distress Relief Association (GADRA) in 1972 and ran the GADRA School Feeding Scheme for many years. She is Hon. Secretary of the Regional Association of Soroptimist International South Africa.

Junior Potloane has an MSC Agricultural Economics from Oklahoma State University, U.S.A. and a diploma from the Institute of Management Development, Lausanne, Switzerland. Potloane played a pivotal role in the Lesotho Highlands Water Scheme and the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry. Potloane is a highly regarded expert in water affairs throughout Africa. His community work includes Afri-Eco and Diyatalawa Apple Empowerment Project. He established African Agricultural Development Bank for Lesotho government and People's Bank for the Nedcor Group. He is former chairman of the Free State Development Corporation and is a member of corporate and parastatal boards including Standard Bank Regional Board and Financial Services Trust.