Annual Report 2019/2020

July 2020 This report will be focusing on the 2019 Sibona Ilanga Trust activities as Trustees won’t be able to organise the usual Annual Engagement meetings due to Covid-19...

July 2020

This report will be focusing on the 2019 Sibona Ilanga Trust activities as Trustees won’t be able to organise the usual Annual Engagement meetings due to Covid-19 regulations. Unfortunately, the target communities will not have an opportunity to meet with the trustees in person and engage the trustees about the activities in their community. It is well known now that Sibona Ilanga Trust has been consistently making the annual call for grant proposals since 2016 when the trust was introduced to the communities.

The 2020 Annual General Meeting, planned to be held in Philipstown, had to be cancelled for the current financial year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, this report attempts to provide information to all the stakeholders about the interaction of the Trust to the communities within the 50 km radius from the De Aar Solar Power plant.
The year 2019 will be remembered as the year in which the Trust realized for the first time its real investment to the community. A call for proposal was issued in April 2019 and 37 grant applications were received, ranging from Enterprises, Non-Profit Organizations and Bursary opportunities were given to Faith-Based Organizations. A total amount of R5, 997 420 was allocated to organizations in De Aar, Britstown and Phillipstown. The Trust advertised a call for proposal for an amount of R5 million to be allocated to all approved grant applications. The list of beneficiaries (the organizations that were awarded the grants) is attached in the website together with the amount they received.

These organizations were funded in tranches. The payment was activated upon receipt of the quarterly report which was followed by due diligence. This involved the Programme Implementation Manager reviewing the narrative information together with the financial report. We are pleased to share that many organizations are beginning to understand the compliance procedure required to acquire the grant. This requires the organization to demonstrate its commitment to efficiency, structural viability, clear line of accountability and monitoring, upon achieving this, the Trust will make its first step to acknowledge and support the organizations. Regrettably, about 14 applications could not qualify or were declined due to them being outside the 50 km radius operation. Moreover, these organizations failed to demonstrate proper organizational establishment, good governance structure and were not registered with any regulatory authority.

The Trust embarked on a recruitment process for the position of a local Programme Officer, who was appointed in February 2020. The newly appointed programme officer is Ntombizanele April (Locally known as Pam) from Britstown. Please see the photo and introduction on the website. She could not be seen by many organizations as the lockdown was implemented shortly after her appointment.

Bursary Programme
The Trust introduced a bursary programme for students aspiring to study at the Universities, Nursing Colleges, TVET Colleges etc. An open call to students was made last year. It accommodated students whose families are within the 50 km radius of the De Aar Solar Power plant. The Trust appointed Study Trust to administer the bursary on behalf of the Trust. Trustees then ensured that the approval process was done transparently, the trustees were empowered to make the final approval. Consequently, 14 students were awarded the bursaries.

There were 14 beneficiaries in the current academic year, however, one beneficiary has declined the bursary because he has obtained funding from NASFAS. The demographics of the beneficiaries are as follow:
Description Percentage Count
Male 29% 4
Female 71% 10
African 57% 8
Coloured 43% 6
Seven beneficiaries are studying at traditional public South African universities and one is studying at a University of technology three are registered at TVET college and three are studying at Private institutions. The Trust has committed to supporting the students until the completion of their courses.

COVID-19 Intervention
The COVID-19 pandemic took us all by surprise at the beginning of the year. In the light of that, the Trust has already allocated in its budget a disaster fund of R1million that was set-aside for any eventuality that may occur. When it became clear that the pandemic is disastrous in its nature, the Sibona Ilanga Trust decided to intervene to alleviate the suffering caused by the pandemic. We resolved to:

• Allow organisations that were allocated a grant by the Trust to continue paying the salaries and stipends that were initially allocated.
• Support the organisations that are regarded as essential services to propose budget deviation to accommodate procurement of personal protective equipment as required by regulations.
• Ensure that our Soup Kitchens that were allocated a grant continue to support poor people with food parcels.
• Change strategy for food vouchers. Each family in the respective soup kitchen list will receive a voucher amounting to R700 that will complement the COVID-19 relief grant of R350 that government has afforded people in need.
• An amount of 700 food parcels were allocated to households at a value of R394 800.
• Beneficiaries in De Aar, Britstown, and Phillipstown receive food parcels.
• Allocated 1litre sanitizer per household in De Aar, Britstown, Phillipstown and Hanover, totaling 700 beneficiaries and Clinics at a value of R112 000.

We are aware that both food parcels, vouchers and sanitizers could not reach all families in need. Our partnership with the Department of Social Development was valuable in this regard, as we submitted our list of beneficiaries to DSD for intervention wherever the Trust could not reach. This programme is a work in progress and will improve and strengthen our partnership with DSD.

Sibona Ilanga Trust Grant Allocation 2016-2019