Pride Programme

Appreciation for Fynbos is deepened

South Africa’s Western Cape province is a botanical treasure chest, home to the smallest yet richest plant kingdom in the world. So biodiverse is the Cape Floral Kingdom in fact, that it sustains well over 9000 plant species, 70% of which are found nowhere else on the planet.

At the Table Mountain Fund we believe that by immersing oneself in fynbos and gaining a better understanding of the uniqueness of this diverse floral kingdom, one’s appreciation and love for fynbos will grow and one will proudly take up the responsibility of conserving it.

This programme aims to ensure that:

  • More people will have meaningful immersive experiences in fynbos and the surrounding marine environment
  • More people value the indigenous and endemic fynbos species
  • More quality fynbos spaces will be established, especially within an urban context
  • The number of tourists visiting fynbos areas will grow
  • Youth are educated on the wonders of fynbos
  • Knowledge gaps with regards to fynbos conservation are identified and researched.
The Table Mountain Fund aims to contribute R4.5 million towards the Pride Programme, ensuring that individual’s appreciation and love for fynbos will grow and they will become proud custodians of the Cape Floral Kingdom.

Pride Projects:

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Youth citizen science on the rocks: the LIMPET marine monitoring programme

Centre for Conservation Education

1 February 2021 – 31 March 2024

The aim of the LIMPET (Long-term Monitoring through Participation, Evaluation and Training) programme is to build appreciation for nature, ecological understanding and conservation values, while at the same time, generating valuable data to assess ecological changes on the coast. LIMPET develops teaching resources, holds teacher training workshops, and facilitates school outings on the rocky shore, during which Grade 10 learners are involved in “real” scientific monitoring surveys that are designed by marine scientists. This includes ecological surveys (of species, populations and biotic communities), as well as litter collection and classification surveys, which contribute data to various national databases. To deepen the experience and impact, LIMPET educators visit schools before and after each outing to give introductory lectures and involve learners in data visualisation and interpretation.

Credit: Francis Moult

Girls and Conservation: Daring Disas

Brave Rock Girl and Cape Leopard Trust

1 September 2020 – 31 October 2023

This project is a joint initiative between BRAVE and Cape Leopard Trust and aims to empower a group of informed, resilient South African girls, ages 14-17 years, to become champions for their own rights and the natural environment of the Cape Floristic Kingdom, within which they live. Through weekly workshops and visits to Edith Stephens Nature Reserve, this project will assist vulnerable girls in gaining the skills and confidence required to become decision makers and to speak up to protect the environment and themselves, urging their families and communities to join them.

Pride of Place

Green Renaissance Productions 

1 October 2020 – 30 November 2022

Through engaging and authentic human narrative stories, this project aims to utilize the medium of film to showcase the deeply rooted human emotion of pride. We feel proud of something when it means something to us, when we are able to relate. The question is – how do we generate pride for a region, place or area? These stories will be told by “ordinary” people in our communities in the Cape Floristic Kingdom and will be centred around a personal human story whereby the character shares his/her connection with nature. The aim is for the films to motivate and inspire the viewer to seek out their own experiences, in their unique way, within their local environment.

Credit: Anton Pauw

Pollinating Pride in People

Ingcungcu Sunbird Restoration

1 November 2020 – 31 December 2023

Pollinating Pride in People is a collaborative project between Ingcungcu Sunbird Restoration and Amava Oluntu. Collectively, these programmes aim to promote fynbos conservation through hands-on experience, skills development, entrepreneurial opportunities for youth and community engagement. Pollinating Pride in People has two components, namely the:

  • Pollinator Garden Programme led by Ingcungcu. The Pollinator Garden Programme will facilitate the establishment of two nectar-rich fynbos community gardens in Vrygrond and Muizenberg with the aim of reconnecting these communities to nature while providing “filling stations” for birds and thereby contributing to the sunbird corridor. The intention is to provide training and mentorship to a small group of interested and committed community members who will become multipliers and volunteers for the project within their respective communities; and the
  • Young Entrepreneurship Programme led by Amava Oluntu. The Young Entrepreneurship Programme will offer entrepreneurial training for youth/young adults focusing on communication, design and print- making skills to promote fynbos conservation and encourage the development of micro-businesses.
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Green Communities Initiative

Lwandle Hiking Club

1 September 2020 – 31 October 2023

The Lwandle Hiking Club aims to promote conservation in previously disadvantaged communities by connecting disadvantaged youth with nature. The organisation has a strong focus on environmental awareness and in educating the youth about South Africa’s biodiversity, their immediate surrounding environment and their responsibility towards protecting it as a means to ultimately improving their social wellbeing. This project specifically aims to provide environmental education programmes for the youth, school learners and young women in three disadvantaged communities of Strand, where there are high levels of unemployment and a lack of skills development; namely, Lwandle, Zola and Nomzamo. The intention is to instil a sense of pride for the surrounding fynbos areas through class lessons, environmental initiatives and environmental day trips and excursions with the hope that this is transferable to the learner’s homes and surrounding environment.

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Making threatened habitats personal: the world’s first Cape lowland botanical garden displays

Stellenbosch University  

1 October 2020 – 1 October 2023

The aim of the project is to create at least two new threatened Cape Floristic Region (CFR) habitat display beds that replicate the appearance and composition of Endangered or Critically Endangered Cape ecosystems in Stellenbosch’s popular public and teaching botanical garden. These beds will be accompanied by aesthetically pleasing interpretation labels and boards. A key concept is the use of habitat substrate geology in the surrounding retaining wall construction, providing holistic and deeper understanding of our landscapes, and bringing our “mini rainforests” to eye level. Engaging displays that relate meaningfully to an otherwise abstract landscape are a critical foundational resource to make the diversity of unique plants and substrates tangible and personal for future decision makers, the general public, local and regional students, and even environmental professionals.

This project provides opportunities for targeted education of both recreational tourists and academia alike. This includes the future generation of agricultural land-owners likely to have a significant impact over fynbos in the future.

Changing Lives Through Nature


1 January 2021 – 28 February 2024

This project forms part of CTEET’s Changing Lives Through Nature campaign which provides a variety of valuable platforms for school learners and youth to develop not only environmental knowledge, skills and pro-environmental behaviours but also confidence, self-esteem and a range of leadership skills. To ensure the reduction of environmental issues and threats to the Cape Floristic Region (CFR), children and youth need to consistently engage in pro-environmental behaviours, through various immersive experiences. Through these experiences, a social-identity and a self-identity is fostered, giving rise to a sense of pride. The unique power of CTEET’s efforts to effect change stems from their multiple engagements with their beneficiaries, a real investment as opposed to once-off lessons or presentations. TMF is only funding a portion of this project.

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Using Environmental Education to Create Change Makers

Cape Leopard Trust

1 November 2018 – 31 October 2021

In the Cederberg human-predator conflict is the biggest threat to leopard survival and a people-centric approach is required to educate and empower the communities that share their living space with leopards. This project aims to change mind-sets and behaviour through novel environmental education activities that encourage local people to understand and take ownership of their natural heritage. The focus is to engage directly with communities to build capacity for improved husbandry practices that will reduce livestock depredation by predators, which in turn will minimise the risk of retaliatory killings of leopards.

Credit: Christina Glass

Fynbos for the Future

The Greenpop Foundation

1 November 2018 – 31 October 2021

Fynbos for the Future is a collaboration between three urban greening organisations (Greenpop, Communitree and Ingcungu) in Cape Town with the aim of expanding fynbos ecosystems and preserving the Cape’s natural heritage through urban greening and environmental education. The overarching objective of this collaboration is to develop a Fynbos Corridor Strategy that will inform and link school and community gardens in order to create urban green corridors within Cape Town. This strategy will include mapping the envisioned biodiversity corridor, planning for additional potential planting sites and creating protocols for how other greening organisations could contribute to expanding this corridor. In addition to this, the project seeks to create long-term relationships with under-greened schools/ community centres (nodes) by helping to develop modular fynbos gardens that can act as interactive outdoor classrooms where learners and community members can be equipped with skills and knowledge to become lifelong stewards of their environment.

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GASPP: Grootvadersbosch Aquatic Species Protection Project

Grootvadersbosch Conservancy Trust

1 November 2018 – 31 October 2021

The Grootvadersbosch Aquatic Species Protection Project (GASPP) will work with partners to protect aquatic species, with particular focus on the critically endangered Tradouw redfin. The project has two key objectives: support long term monitoring of data in the Grootvadersbosch Conservancy Rivers and increase stakeholder awareness on the importance of freshwater ecosystem to sustain water for environmental, agricultural and municipal use. The project will support the implementation of important conservation actions to protect freshwater ecosystems.

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Educator Empowerment Programme

Knysna Basin Project

1 November 2018 – 31 October 2021

We believe in the ability of great teachers to change lives and through the Educator Empowerment Programme we will provide life sciences training to high and primary school teachers in Knysna. This programme will provide them with the knowledge, confidence and resources to inspire their learners. This is a collaboration between the Knysna Basin Project, Environmental Learning and Teaching, Fundisa for Change and Rhodes University.