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Agricultural Resources In South Africa

ARISA Community Trust



  • 1.1.1 Nature
  • The Trust is established as an institution of a public character and socio-economic development practice.
  • 1.1.2 Object and activities
  • The object of the Trust is the socio-economic development of the beneficiary communities. The activities of the Trust shall entirely be focused at promoting its primary objectives; the Trust shall not venture into any other business unless it is directly connected with the pursuance of its object.
  • 1.1.3 Non-profit organization
  • The Trust will apply its funds solely for investment and its objects. The Trust may not pay out any profits to any person: no donor, trustee or any of their relatives will receive any benefits from the funds or the income of the Trust. The remuneration of the employees or agents of the Trust may, with due allowance for conditions of employment and services rendered, not be excessive.
  • 1.1.4 Vision Statement
  • The Trust strives to be an acknowledged and responsive facilitator of sustainable development ensuring a stable and prosperous local community in Greater Swellendam.
  • 1.1.5 Mission Statement
  • In order to build a stable and prosperous local community in Greater Swellendam, the Trust endeavor to efficiently unlock and mobilize resources for sustainable development through grant making and capacitating local development agents.

Guiding Principles

The Trust

  • 3.2.1 acts primarily as a grant-maker through trust funds, having due regard to conditions and restrictions accepted, and is a vehicle through which persons can satisfy their philanthropic needs and corporate bodies or organizations are able to make social investments.
  • 3.2.2 supports a broad range of local organizations engaging in activities of a charitable nature or in development programmes;
  • 3.2.3 the Trust accordingly addresses emerging and changing community needs in such fields as:




Social services

Civic affairs

Sports, Arts and culture

Community development

and other needs as from time to time identified

  • 3.2.4 accepts as a fundamental operating principle that its grant making activities be based upon reliable data and fairness with a view to empowering the targeted beneficiary communities
  • 3.2.5 will endeavour to mobilize community resources as well as private and public support
  • 3.2.6 instills confidence within communities through receiving traditional philanthropic practices
  • 3.2.7 takes the initiative to act as a catalyst, coordinator and agent of change in the community


Arisa Workers Trust

Objects of the Trust

The main objects of the Trust are

  • 2.2.1 To empower all the identified all Beneficiaries by increasing their wealth and improve their economic and social well-being along with their dependants;
  • 2.2.2 To determine and administer a once-off cash distribution of 30% of the Trust’s share of dividends from ARISA (Pty) Ltd to the seasonal workers who will have worked a minimum of 80% of the total workings days in one financial year, at Arisa (Pty) Ltd or SwellenSharon (Pty) Ltd, within a period of sic months from the date of the Trust received the dividends.
  • 2.2.3 To hold and manage the shares in Arisa (Pty) Ltd on behalf of the Beneficiaries.
  • 2.2.4 To participate in the management of Arisa (Pty) Ltd and the contracts it controls to the benefit of al shareholders; and
  • 2.2.5 To engage in any other activities and/or utilise the Trust Fund in such a manner that the abovementioned objective will be achieved, subject to the stipulations and limitations of this Trust Deed.
  • 2.2.6 The beneficiaries have together expressed their wishes and aspirations. The table below provides a guide to the Trustees on the priority needs and aspirations of the beneficiaries and these have been ranked in order of importance.

Preffered use of funds






Invest in other Business




Bursaries for children




Buy more shares in Arisa




Cash Payout




Limited Hospital Provision Fund




Crèche for workers babies



In keeping with the goals and objectives of Black Economic Empowerment as expressed and promoted by the Industrial Development Corporation, the Beneficiaries of the Trust shall always comprise of Previously Disadvantaged Individuals at no less than 100% of the total number of beneficiaries together classified as permanent.

Consequently, the Board of Trustees shall always comprise of Previously Disadvantaged Persons in the majority at no less than 100% of elected Trustees provided that one or more of the Trustees shall be a woman PDI.