Where we come from…

Control, Governance, Leadership

DEC’s Empowerment Credentials



Current Investments


Past investments

En Commandite Partnerships

DEC in Broad-Based Community Trusts

Where we come from…

Established in 1996 by seven (7) major South African national Non-Governmental Organisations (“NGOs”) representing people with disabilities, drawing inspiration from the Spanish National Organisation of the Blind (ONCE).

Historically, disability was considered a health and welfare issue.  As a result of successful lobbying by the DEC beneficiary organisations, South Africa now has a world class disability policy focusing on mainstreaming people with disabilities within a human rights based approach and emphasizing economic empowerment.

DEC Trust Registration No: IT 3700/97

DEC Holdco Registration No: 1997/010461/07

The South African Disability Development Trust (SADDT)

The Deaf Federation of South Africa (DEAFSA)

National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA)

South African Federation for Mental Health (SAFMH)

South African National Council for the Blind (SANCB)

Epilepsy South Africa (Epilepsy SA)

In 2003 the Trust was renamed the Disability Empowerment Concerns Trust in order to better reflect its primary mission, and the DEC Investment Holding Company (Pty) Ltd was established to manage the investments of the Trust.

In 2013, Disabled People South Africa (DPSA), one of the founding NGOs, withdrew from DEC in order to pursue investment opportunities in their own right, leaving six (6) under-lying beneficiary organisations, namely:

What makes it possible to do what we do is…