Welcome to Vaal Reefs Disaster Trust

The Vaal Reefs Disaster Trust (VRDT) was founded by Anglo American Corporation of South Africa Limited (AAC), Vaal Reefs Exploration and Mining Company Limited (VRE) and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in 1995 after the mining disaster which took place at the Vaal Reefs Gold Mining Company Limited ("No. 2 Shaft") on 10 May 1995.


Anglo American Corporation (AAC) was the parent (holding) company of the Vaal Reefs mine at the time the 1995 disaster occurred. Hence it was the co-founder of the VRDT and contributed some of the trustees from its own ranks. In the mid-2000s, the organization (AAC) announced that it was exiting gold mining and would over time sell down its stake in its then subsidiary AngloGold. AngloGold subsequently merged with Ashanti (a Ghanaian gold mining entity) to form AngloGold Ashanti Limited. AAC was thus substituted as a founder by AngloGold Ashanti Limited.


The following Trustees were first appointed to play a vital role in the establishment and management of the VRDT; Walter Sisulu (deceased), Helen Suzman (deceased), Dr Charles Edward Carter, Irene Charnley, Robert Michael Godsell, John Kemble, Dr James Motlatsi, Cecilia Daisy Manzana, Ina Perlman, and Christopher Louis Sunter.


The parties accordingly wish to establish a charitable Trust to receive and administer funds donated to the Trust from time to time.