Malealea Development Trust

Promoting Education & Development in Our Community and Beyond

The Malealea Development Trust is a local organization that works tirelessly in our community to build a better tomorrow. It was founded in 2002 by the Malealea Lodge. Our sole focus is sustainable development of this community we call home.

Our team is the backbone of our work. All of our staff is intimately connected to this community. They understand the people and the problems here, and are the greatest resource for implementing the solutions.


Name: Malealea Development Trust

Bank Name: First National Bank

Account Number:  62504103417

Swift Code (this is also called the IBAN number or Clearing Code):  FIRNLSMX

Khotso - MDT Director

Khotso Au – Project Director

Khotso joined the Trust in 2016.  He taught computer classes in three primary schools and one secondary school, and also ran workshops training the teachers. Khotso was elected Project Director in 2023 to take over from the late Ntate Tello. He now manages all the MDT projects

Manthabiseng Mokala – Office Administrator & Bookkeeper

Manthabiseng began working with the Trust as a fieldworker collecting data about various projects in 2011. She now runs the office and maintains the budget. She is also a treasure-trove of Trust knowledge and the go-to person for any colleague’s questions.

Maphakiso Kelepa – Social Care Worker

Maphakiso began working with the Trust in 2009. She personally monitors the orphaned children in the area. She checks in with their schools and caretakers to make sure proper care is being taken physically, mentally, and emotionally. She cares deeply for each child.

Matsepo Lebitsa – Fieldworker

Matsepo got her start with the Trust as a volunteer dustbin collector in her village as part of a Trust beautification project. In 2012, she started her job as a fieldworker and now monitors that project, among many others. Matsepo oversees community development work. She also oversees support groups for people living with HIV/Aids.

Tsotang Monyane – Fieldworker 

Tsotang began volunteering with the MDT using clowning and sports to connect with orphaned children back in 2010. In 2015 he began his full-time work in the field, and now oversees community development projects. He also oversees all Children’s Day festivities

Our Board of Trustees meets with our Project Director about four times a year at the Malealea Lodge to discuss direction and progress. Our board includes, the owners of the Malealea Lodge, and the Chief of Malealea, Chief Qaba Mahao, as well as other community members and foreign friends.