The Trustees

Nick Linnell (69)

Educated at Prince Edward School . Graduated Bachelor of Law, LLB and BCom (Hons). Eighteen years in the corporate world, followed by twenty years in consulting.

Michael Gibbons (52)

Educated at Hamilton High School in Bulawayo until 1981 then Bishops College in Cape Town. Registered as a Professional Valuer with both the Institute and the South African Property Valuers Profession. Since 1996 has been the Managing Director of Mills Fitchet Magnus Penny in Cape Town.

Ian Johnston (80)

Educated at Prince Edward School. Worked for BP and Shell, member of the management team reporting to BP Africa and the United Kingdom. Now retired.

Charles Montgomery (60)

Educated in Salisbury and in the United Kingdom. Owner of Polyhandy (Pvt) Ltd in Salisbury, then relocated to Cape Town in 2002 and became owner of National Cartridge Co which trades as Suburban Guns. In 2006 became 50% owner of Chair Crazy (Pty) Ltd.


Leon Jacobs

The Trustees record that Leon Jacobs retired as a Trustee on 30th September 2020.

Leon founded the Mdala Trust in 2004 together with a few colleagues who then felt the urgent and critical need to support the many indigent former Zimbabweans living in the Western Cape. Leon became the founding Chairman of Trustees and served in that capacity for sixteen years.  

Leon was instrumental in building a valued group of dedicated donors from across the globe, who, all together, have contributed millions of Rands which have in turn been channeled to needy beneficiaries. This assistance has mainly been in the form of monthly food vouchers. which Leon personally visited Pick N Pay every month for 16 years to collect and distribute. Leon also introduced the extension of this support to various medical treatments for beneficiaries and more recently also the provision of frail care facilities.

Leon, together with Ant Grace, another former Trustee, launched what became an annual Mdala Trust golf day. Over the years many former Zimbabweans have come together and renewed old friendships and and contributed further valuable funds that the Trust requires to assist the needy.

Leon’s wife, Marlene, has also been a major supporter and contributor to the Trust and we also thank Marlene for her wonderful support.

To Leon and Marlene we thank you for your great contributions.