In late 2003 it became obvious that many of the Rhodesian and Zimbabwean pensioners resident in the Western Cape were in dire financial straits as their pensions had been stopped earlier that year, added to which was the effect of the high and ever increasing local cost of living.
It was decided to form a legally registered Trust and search for financial donations for the regular support of those pensioners who were identified as being destitute or in serious financial need. This was successfully achieved and The M'dala Trust was established and has been fully functional since January 2004.
A Board of Trustees was assembled and the Notarial Founding Deed was compiled through the professional expertise of Mr Richard Rosenthal of Richard Rosenthal Attorneys. Mr Eric Salomon of Eric Salomon and Company offered his services as the auditor and Mr Konrad Laker agreed to be the Accounts Examining Officer.
Six prominent and respected persons were asked to serve as Patrons and they all readily agreed.