The Soul Provider Trust (IT 1763/2008) is a registered South African Non-Profit Organisation (NPO 154-608), committed to bringing love and understanding to the world.
The Soul Provider Trust is committed to that most complex and demanding missionary task of Comforting the Afflicted, wherever they may be found. This includes the Spiritually Afflicted (the doubtful and the curious); the Physically Afflicted (the hungry and the sick) and the Educationally Afflicted (the ignorant and the uneducated).
It funds these tasks by Afflicting the Comfortable to encourage their active and willing support – financial, physical and prayers.
Who are We?
The Soul Provider Trust was founded in 2008 by Rev Brent Chalmers. It is a non-denominational, social development agency, a registered Non-Profit Organisation (154-608 NPO). The Trust is also a registered Public Benefit Organisation (PBO#930028235) in terms of section 30 of the Income Tax Act. It is funded exclusively by the generosity of its benefactors and donors. These range from philanthropic agencies, corporate and individual donors. All donations to the Trust qualify from Section 18A tax deductions.
The auditors are Stein Auditors.
The Soul Provider Trust is unapologetically Christian – but Christianity, for us, is a set of very definite, embodied practices, things that one does on behalf of another. Everything we do is, directly or indirectly, related to the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
The Soul Provider Trust’s primary focus and activity is the Soul Food project whose purpose is to source and distribute nutritious food predominantly to preschool and primary schoolchildren in South Africa on a regular basis. We do this to help them become available for learning and thereby more employable future contributors to their communities and to society in general.
To achieve this the Trust raises funds, procures food and distributes it primarily to schools and ECD centres.
The Trust is managed by an independent Board of Trustees. At present the trustees are:
Mrs Thembakazi Chagonda
CEO of Global Business Solutions and a leading Human Resources consultant on BBBEE and Employment Equity; a director of Resilient REIT, serves on the social and ethics committee and is a Commissioner on the Employment Equity Committee representing business in this ministerial appointment.
Rev Brent Chalmers OSB Cam
Founder & CEO
He is a former Commanding Officer of the Transvaal Horse Artillery, Head of Communications at First National Bank and Commissioner of the PGA Tour of Southern Africa. He has served as a deacon in the Catholic Archdiocese of Johannesburg since 2007.
Mr J-P Fourie
Senior Director, Strategy and Investor Relations at Africa50 the pan-African infrastructure investment platform. Until joining Africa50 in May 2022 he was Head of Investor Relations for Metier Private Equity, a sub-Saharan Africa private equity fund focused on growth capital and specialised vehicles in renewable energy and clean infrastructure. Previously the CEO of the Southern Africa Venture Capital Association (SAVCA). He was also the Head of Strategy at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange from 2001 to 2006.
Prof Rev Maria Frahm-Arp
Executive Director of the Library and Information Centres at the University of Johannesburg. Until recently she was the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Humanities.
Mr Andrew Moffat
Co-Head of the Investment Banking Division of Investec Bank. He has 25 years of experience in Investment Banking including having worked for Standard Bank, Rothschild and the Barclays Group, in Advisory and Financing roles to a variety of sectors, involving private companies, listed companies and parastatal entities.
Mrs Nosisa Mokoka
Executive Director Cabogenix.
Mr Charles Rowlinson CA (SA) MBA
He is a former Group CEO and Chairman of JSE listed Educor. He co-founded WIZZIT providing innovative software to the unbanked globally. He is an active member of the Catholic Archdiocese of Johannesburg’s Finance Committee; was a trustee of the black woman’s lead investment group Nozala and was a trustee of the Gary Player Foundation. He has served on the St Stithians school board and was the inaugural Chairman of the St Stithians Foundation.
Dr Paul Soko
Dr Paul Soko is currently the Chief Medical Officer at Life Healthcare (in the southern Africa division). He is a Board member of the Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA) where he chairs the Clinical Sub-committee and also serves on the Board of Health Quality Assessment (HQA).
He is a qualified Paediatrician from the University of Cape Town and attained his basic medical degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. He also holds a Master of Philosophy degree (Economic Policy) from the University of Stellenbosch.
Mr Ciaran Whelan CA (Ire)
Executive Director Investec Ltd, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (Ireland), Higher Diploma in Tax (RAU), Advanced Management Course (Insead University – Paris)
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