The Portfolio Committee on Rural Development and Land Reform visited the Ingonyama Trust Board as part of its oversight duties. The intention of the visit was to get first hand information on the activities of the trust in the upliftment of communities in rural areas. On arrival the Members of National Parliament were hosted at a venue where they were given a presentation on the activities if the organisation for the benefit of the communities.
After the presentation site visits were undertaken on two sites which are around the Mpophomeni area in the midlands. The first site to be visited was the Mpophomeni Arts and Crafts Centre which is built on Ingonyama Trust land.
This crafts centre was granted a lease by the Ingonyama Trust Board on land that is along the R617 towards Bulwer at the intersection to Mpophomeni Township. The focus of the centre is on Tourism Development and the promotion of township BnBs in the area.
The second site to be visited was the Midmar Crushers mining facility which is also on lease under trust land. This entity does provide some level of assistance to the communities surrounding Mpophomeni through their social responsibility initiatives aimed at upliftment of the communities.