• The DG Murray Trust

    We invest in South Africa's potential

    The DG Murray Trust is a private foundation which supports initiatives that aim to bring about dynamic and fundamental impact on the lives of people in South Africa. Read more

Imagine a South Africa where every person has the opportunity to fulfill their potential…

Our goal for South Africa is a flourishing people, economy and society. The core of DGMT’s work is human development. Over the past 10 years we have shifted from being a purely grant-making foundation to one aimed at making a systemic difference within certain chosen focus areas. Our new five-year strategy, which will be guiding our work from 2017-2021, illustrates that DGMT is a public innovator through strategic investment, committed to developing South Africa’s potential.

We see our role as:

  • commissioning projects that can seize opportunities for success;
  • communicating those opportunities in ways that inspire leadership and action; and
  • connecting people of like and unlike mind, who are committed to the same goal.

Through this, we aim to be a national node of innovation – informative, substantive, and engaging, inspiring and transformative.

We are in the process of rebranding and developing a new website reflective of this strategic repositioning. At this stage our new strategy is available in document format and you can apply for funding in accordance with our new funding guidelines.

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Read more about these opportunities in our new five-year strategy document.

About Us - Since 1979

How can we make a dynamic and fundamental impact on the lives of people in South Africa?

The diagram and related article may assist in thinking through some of the relationships between structures and institutions of society, their impact on human perception and behaviour, and consequent effects on people’s health, education and general well-being.

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Where we come from

DGMT is a South African foundation built on endowments from Douglas George Murray and his wife, Eleanor. Murray was the son of, and successor to John Murray, the founder of the Cape-based construction company, Murray and Stewart which was established in 1902. This company merged in 1967 with Roberts Construction to become Murray & Roberts, with the parent Trusts as the main shareholders. In 1979, the Trusts combined to form the DG Murray Trust, which over the years has diversified its investments. It currently distributes about R110 million per year.

Douglas George Murray

Douglas George Murray

Eleanor Murray

Eleanor Murray

Dave OrtonDavid Orton holds degrees in both Civil Engineering and Financial Management. Always keen on the outdoors, he has been involved in the construction of major dams, highways and purification works, overseeing several of them. He spent a large part of his career with Murray and Stewart and Murray and Roberts, rising to become a Divisional Director and serving as Chairman of many Group Companies. Aside from being Chairperson of the DG Murray Trust, he is a Trustee of the Murray and Roberts Pension Fund.

AmeenAmeen Amod is a Certified Internal Auditor that holds a B.Comm Degree and a financially oriented MBA Degree from the University of Cape Town. He is a Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and serves as chairperson and member of various audit committees, including that of the Western Cape departments of Transport and Public Works and of Health.

johnJohn Volmink has a PhD in mathematics education and has held various teaching and management positions at southern African and international universities. He is an education expert that has served as the Chairperson of the Umalusi Council for four years. He provides leadership to Cornerstone Christian College and also as chairperson and member of the boards of corporate companies as well as a variety of local and international public benefit organisations involved in education, health and community upliftment.

MarianneMarianne MacRobert holds degrees in languages and international politics. She founded and directed a successful NGO (the Outreach Programme at St Mary’s) that focused on whole school development and on facilitating access for disadvantaged learners to high-quality educational opportunities. At the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and at Tshikululu Social Investments she managed the disbursement of funds for social development, particularly in the areas of education and vulnerable children.

ShirleyShirley Mabusela holds degrees and qualifications in social work and management. She has held directorships and management positions at the Johannesburg Child Welfare Society, the Children’s Foundation, and the National Children’s Committee. She is a specialist in the area of children’s rights and has served as Deputy Chairperson and Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC). She currently serves as a Trustee and Board Member of a number of public benefit organisations.

Maria MabetoaMaria Mabetoa holds qualifications in Social Work including a PhD in Social Sciences. She has extensive experience in academia, as well as in policymaking and public administration in social welfare services. She has lectured on social work at the University of North West and at UNISA. She also spent a considerable part of her career in the Department of Social Development as a Director, Chief Director and later Deputy Director General for Social Welfare Services. Here she was responsible for the development and management of major policies, legislation and programmes for welfare services. While in the Department of Social Development she chaired several national intersectoral forums and committees related to social welfare services. She is currently the President of the South African Council for the Social Service Professions.

MurphyMurphy Morobe has a long career spanning the worlds of student activism, trade unionism, work in the non-governmental sector, politics, the public sector, conservation and the corporate sector. He has served on several boards in his career, inter alia, the Council for Higher Education; SA National Parks Board and Ernst & Young (SA). Until recently, Murphy was the CEO of Kagiso Media Ltd, a position he held for seven years. He is the current Executive Chairman of the Programme to Improve Learning Outcomes (PILO) which addresses the systemic problem of curriculum coverage in various schools.

HugoHugo Nelson is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Medical Doctor with an MBA from Oxford University. He joined the Coronation group as an Equity Analyst 1999 and went on to become CEO and Executive Director in a number of its companies.

DGMT structure

Chief Executive Officer

David Harrison

DavidAfter completing his medical studies, David founded the Health Systems Trust, a non-government organisation supporting health services development in South Africa. He started up the South African Health Review of health and health care in South Africa, which is published every year. David subsequently established the Initiative for Sub-District Support, working with the Department of Health to improve the quality of health care in clinics throughout South Africa. In 2000, he completed a public policy degree at the University of California at Berkeley, before returning to South Africa to head up loveLife, a national HIV prevention programme for young people. He has been with DGMT since May 2010.

Portfolio Management

Programmes Director: Janet Jobson
Resourceful Young Children: Fefekazi Mavuso
Creative Young Learners: Katie Huston
Enterprising School Leavers: Chiara Baumann
Game Changing Leaders: Senzo Hlophe
Inclusive, Enabling Communities: Renisha Patel


Communications Director: Judy-Marié Smith
Communications Specialist: Carol-Ann Foulis


Operations Director: Sandra Ngwena
Grants Analyst: Simone Arendse
Grants Coordinator: Shireen Wentzel
Receptionist: Jazmeena Cassiem
Handyman: Mark Roman
Housekeepers: Jenny van Wyk
Nthabeleng Tida

Financial Management

Chief Financial Officer: Scott Henderson
Financial Accountant: Renee Abrahams
Financial Manager: Zipho Mabindla
2011-2015 Five Year Review

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DGMT Implementing Partners 2011-2015

2014 Annual Report

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2013 Annual Report

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2012 Annual Report

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2011 Annual Report

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2014 Partner Survey

Partner Survey 2014

2012 Partner Survey

Partner survey 2012

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Contact Details

Physical Address:
Douglas Murray House
1 Wodin Road

Postal Address:
PO Box 23893
Claremont 7735
South Africa

Tel: +27 (0)21 670 9840
Fax: +27 (0)21 670 9850