SEED is an award-winning public benefit organisation that contributes to Cape Town’s resilience through awakening the potential of our unemployed township youth; connecting them to their strengths, the positive resilience action they can take in their lives and also to green jobs.


About Us


In permaculture, we believe the problems carry the solutions. When we look at the youth unemployment rate in South Africa (62%) coupled with the growing climate shocks and stresses – like the water crises of 2018 – we see incredible opportunity.

We have cohorts of beautiful young people that need upskilling and connection to livelihoods and we also have a lot of work to do in building the climate resilience of our cities and settlements. Together, these two elements are our opportunity.

The Green Army
We’ve piloted the Seeding Futures Youth Program with 5 groups of graduates and it is now poised to cultivate its impact. This means we are ready to build the capacity of the Green Army that will bring about the change in our cities and settlements.


Building City-Wide Resilience


Our graduates are already implementing household and street food resilience systems through the program. Our dream is to transform the whole city – one neighbourhood at a time.

Starting with Mitchells Plain and applying the permaculture design process and principles, we will conduct needs analysis, sector analysis and asset mapping (including skilled people) through participatory process, effectively drawing the problems and solutions from local people.

We then design a plan in response to the needs as well as the geography of the site.

Implementation includes the following:


WATER

Aquifer regeneration systems, rain and storm water harvesting, compost toilets, centralised tank banks and boreholes for food production, in conjunction with rain tanks.

SOCIAL MAPPING

Mapping of community assets (including skilled people) and health and crime issues.

TRANSPORT

Safe transport along the most-used routes for pedestrians and bicycles, including food gardens, benches and policing if needed.

LOCAL ENTERPRISE

Closing the economic leakages by starting with the needs of locals. Mapping existing enterprises and the gaps.

FOOD

Food hub to grow food locally, orchard systems, indigenous edible dune gardens.

COMPOST/ MICROCLIMATE

Windbreaks for microclimate, habitat and biomass. Community compost, recycling depots.

ENERGY

Solar energy roof harvesting, wind turbines, woodlots, community ovens, community pedal power.

All of this creates significant work for our young people and meaningful long term enterprises that will make Mitchells Plain resilient. The impact in these neighbourhoods has the potential to change the whole social fabric.

Our Impact



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SCHOOL LEARNERS REACHED


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TEACHERS TRAINED


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UN- & UNDER-EMPLOYED YOUTH TRAINED


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SEEDING FUTURES STUDENTS GRADUATING INTO WORK


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CLIMATE ADAPTED HOUSE MODELS

Meet Our Team




Leigh Brown

Director



Mariliese Maritz

Operations Manager



Alex Kruger

Facilitator Mentor



Imraan Samuels

Lead Facilitator




Rueben Piet

Personal Resilience Facilitator



Lawrence Genti

Lead Gardener



Memory Tugwete

Catering & Nutrition



Lisa van Dongen

Evaluation of Impact




Elin Duby

Participatory Monitoring & Evaluation



Caryl Symes

Pro Bono Graphic Designer



Wilweena Fortune

Easy Peasy: Youth CEO



Gail Bailey

Easy Peasy: Production




Jessie Baley

Easy Peasy: Youth grower



Transition Board

This board is actively supporting SEED to reach its impact. They are also committed to making the long-term Governance Board more representative.



Nicholas Heinemann

Chairman



Justin Maxwell

Board Health



Glen Tyler

Treasurer



Donne Atkinson

Governance, Connection to Opportunity




Justin Freidman

Connection to Opportunity



Advisory Board




Geoff Lawton

Permaculture Designer: Broad Scale



Len Verwey

Accreditation Guidance



Our Partners




UCT Knowledge Coop

Research



College of Sustainable Agriculture

Accreditation Guidance



Photographers without Borders

Documentation/Dissemination



Sea-Change Media

Storytelling/Media




Eduwrite

Materials Development


CONTACT US

Rocklands Urban Abundance Centre
Cnr Park Ave & Capricorn Way
Rocklands, Mitchells Plain
Cape Town

+27 (0) 21 391 5316

leigh@seed.org.za

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