Whilst the Trust was formed in 2011 by Mulilo Renewable Energy (Pty) Ltd, financial close and construction of the project sites were only completed in 2015. Following this, trustees were elected between 2015 to 2017 and the Trust only received PBO status in 2018. The Trust officially started functioning in 2018 when administrators were appointed.
Mulilo's three Project Sites are:
Mulilo Renewable Energy Solar PV Prieska, Vogel Struisbult Farm;
Mulilo Prieska PV, Klipgats Pan; and
Mulilo Sonnedix Prieska PV, Hoekplaas, Sonnedix 146
Each Project Site has a project company of which the Trust has a shareholding in each company.
The Beneficiaries to the Trust are, in respect of each Project Site –
The communities in the nearest residential areas or villages located within a 50km radius of the Project Sites; and
In the event that there are no communities in the residential areas or villages within a 50 km radius form the Project Sites, then it shall mean the communities in the nearest residential areas or villages to the Project Sites,
Provided that 100% (one hundred percent) of the value of benefits allocated by the Trust to all Beneficiaries of the Trust accrues to Black People.
These areas include, but are not limited to Prieska, Marydale and Niekershoop.
COMMUNITY TRUST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
The Trust provides funds and resources to organisations which are engaged in the following public benefit activities:
Welfare & Humanitarian
Land & housing
Education & development
Conservation, environment & animal welfare
Sustainable business enterprise development
After research, the Trust has identified the following key focus areas which are in alignment with Trust Deed activities:
Education: Early childhood development, inclusive education, skills development;
Youth development: Youth leadership programmes, youth centres, sport development;
Economic development: SMME development, skills development;
Social development: Counselling & education programmes about drugs & alcohol, support services, anti-poverty initiatives; and
Environmental development: Clean-up, recycling, waste management, vegetable gardens.
Although the Trustees will be focusing on these areas, they will still consider projects and programs that fall within one of the other categories in the CDP above.