Rocklands Sketch

THE PROJECT

The Mission at Rocklands is to transforming one under-resourced neighborhood in Mitchells Plain towards resilience, cohesion and abundance as a model that is replicable and scaleable across Cape Town using the design principles and ethics of permaculture.

This is accomplished through a comprehensive set of educational programs that starts with Schools and supports unemployed youth as well as builds a movement of home gardeners. The project has a focus on community enterprise and job creation and seeks to build abundance in an area known for its scarcity.

THE CONTEXT

Rocklands aerial

Mitchells Plain was designed as a model township by the engineers of Apartheid and built during the 1970’s to provide housing for colored victims of the forced removal as a result of the implementation of the group areas act, that forced racial groups to live separately.

It is 32 km from Cape Town and built on an area that was formerly shifting sand dunes and seasonal wetland.

Sadly, Mitchells Plain is now known best for its gang activity and tik (metamphatamine) addiction among the youth. It is one of Cape Towns largest populations of about 300 000 people.

WHY WE ARE WORKING HERE

We believe that the solution is to transform under-resourced neighborhoods from within. Waking up people to their own gifts, the possibility for change and up-skilling them with the positive action they can take.
We believe that it is important to have models of abundance and transformation in the neighborhoods that need them most.

We believe that it is possible to demonstrate a model that grows food locally and employs and grows local people to do this.

We believe abundance and safety for broader Cape Town relies on this.

COME AND SEE FOR YOURSELF

We  welcome you to come and do a tour and see what are busy with. We have:

  • A demonstration of a resilient RDP house.
    This is built to the floor size and budget of the government houses and demonstrates what is possible in low-cost housing. The house is built of tyres and aims to show replicable solutions for self-resilience.
  • Mediterranean orchard systems including a five year old food forest.
  • Nursery – that sells organic seedlings and Permaculture plants like comfrey, tansy, yarrow and vetiver, and where local community members can access compost, containers for container gardens and advice for growing food.
  • Outdoor Classrooms – where a variety of workshops and lessons take place amongst indigenous trees and plants that host a variety of medicinal varieties, birds and insects and create a living classroom for both children and adults to enjoy and learn from.
  • Gourmet Mushroom Community Enterprise.
  • Seed garden.
  • Indigenous food garden
“I never knew learning could be so interesting!”
Tammy King, Rocklands School visit