triple-P's Projects Address Most Valuable & Currently at Risk Resources in South Africa
Triple-P, with the support of the AECI’s Community Education and Development Trust, is currently implementing two projects addressing the most valuable and currently at-risk resources in South Africa
The Azibuyele Emasisweni (going back to our roots) project is a food security project that focuses on developing commercial agricultural opportunities in a rural area of Umbumbulu in KZN.
The project has supported 30 beneficiaries from the Madundube community with training and skills in vegetable production and farming business development.
The project has established its first agribusiness called Isizwe Sethu Sinothile (nourishing our nation) Organic Farming. The enterprise is owned and operated by beneficiaries. The project has seen successful harvesting seasons that have generated income, mainly selling to the community, including local schools. The initiative has received a positive response from the community by growing and selling affordable food locally. In commemoration of World Food Day earlier this month, the project donated vegetables to schools and in-need families in the community. We are currently in the process of establishing a second agribusiness in the same community.
The water security project is based in Tembisa township in Gauteng. The project seeks to develop environmental youth ambassadors to optimise socio-economic opportunities and enhance human and ecological health in Tembisa. The project supports 21 beneficiaries from Tembisawith training and skills development in NPO Governance, Community River Health Conservation and Health and Safety. The project has removed over 8000 bags of waste from the Kaalspruit River and open green spaces. The Kaalspruit River is the source of the Hennops River Catchment, and it is sadly known as one of the most polluted rivers in the country.
The project has participated in the key international environmental events, i.e. World Environment Day, World Clean-up Day and the World Water Monitoring Day, to raise awareness and develop skills in the community. The World Water Monitoring Day saw the birth of the MyWater-Check Campaign. The campaign aims to build the capacity in the community (beneficiaries) to manage their local water resources. The campaign supported additional 20 beneficiaries from Diepsloot, Rabie Ridge and Centurion with training in water quality testing. A total of fourteen sites were tested for water quality along the catchment from Kempton Park to Centurion during the campaign. The results will be used to address the impact identified with the relevant authorities and educate the community.