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Where we work

We work in communities across Mitchell’s Plain, one of South Africa’s largest townships.

Based on the shifting sand dunes and seasonal wetlands of the Cape Flats, Mitchell’s Plain was built in the 1970’s at the height of Apartheid. At the time, the Group Areas Act forced racial groups to live separately, and as a result Mitchell’s Plain was created to provide housing for Coloured victims of forced removals.

By the late 80s and 90s, many areas of Mitchell’s Plain had deteriorated into urban ghettos and informal settlements abounded.

Today, Mitchell’s Plain is home to over 300,000 people and is sadly known best for its gang activity and tik (methamphetamine) addiction among youth.

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Why Mitchell’s Plain

We have a vision to see under-resourced neighbourhoods, like Mitchell’s Plain, transformed towards resilience, cohesion and abundance.

We believe that as Mitchell’s Plain is transformed, it will provide a model that is replicable and scaleable across Cape Town.

Importantly, we believe Mitchell’s Plain will demonstrate how a community can grow food locally and employ and develop local people to do so.

Come and see for yourself

We invite you to visit us at the Rocklands Urban Abundance Centre, where you can see our work first-hand. 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 among indigenous trees and plants that host a variety of medicinal properties, 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