Pietro "Quicksilver" Maximoff broke eight track-and-field world records in the 1977 Olympics. But his victories had a price: All persons carrying the x-gene were then disqualified from participating in professional sporting events.
South Africa abolished apartheid in 1991, giving all citizens, black and white, equality. This spirit of generosity extended to mutants, who were officially welcomed to the country. Even mutants from Kenya.
You remember that bovine spongiform encephelophy, a.k.a. mad cow disease, outbreak that resulted in 188,000 cases starting in 1996? It occured because Trask Industries was looking for a cure for the x-gene.
In 2010, Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters is purchased by Trask Industries, who then use the building as a research lab. The company is also famous for its prison camps, where it houses the "dangerous" mutants.