As all of these efforts must, of course, be within the thresholds of what is possible without damaging the rich biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom, research projects that help us to understand the thresholds, in terms of resource utilisation, are also a key part of this programme.
This programme aims to ensure that:
Project executant: !Khwa ttu San Culture & Education Centre NPC
1 December 2021 – 31 January 2025
!Khwa ttu is a San Heritage Centre located on an 850ha farm in the buffer zone of the West Coast National Park. This project will highlight the link between naturally-occurring fynbos plants in our landscape and ancient hunter-gatherer foods on their menus by creating new, unique, and highly marketable tourism experiences on the West Coast. The project will provide new opportunities for visitors to learn from the San knowledge on indigenous plants. Through story-telling, and a San-led fynbos foraging experience, visitors will enjoy a meal prepared from ingredients grown, gathered or hunted on the farm or sustainably sourced from local producers. The project will encourage conservation of our biodiversity in order to ensure sustained foraging and the long-term provision of beautiful open, safe spaces for local communities to enjoy.
Project executant: Contour Enviro Group
1 February 2022 – 28 February 2025
The project aims to build capacity in four small, medium and micro enterprises (totalling 48 individuals) engaged in alien clearing in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve (KBR) and surrounding area. The project entails both accredited and non-accredited training in a broader range of ecosystem restoration as well as general business management acumen. Intensive mentorship will be provided to contract leaders who will have access to micro-finance at low interest rates to assist the SMMEs with growth. The aim is for Contour Training Academy to be able to secure enough work to be able to sub-contract in the SMMEs while providing a level of oversight and ensuring a standard of excellence for Natural Resource Management in the KBR area.
Project executant: Endangered Wildlife Trust
1 February 2022 – 31 March 2025
Papkuilsfontein Guest farm is situated near Nieuwoudtville in the Northern Cape and hosts especially rich biodiversity. Our project will aim to showcase the northern reaches of the fynbos kingdom through the development of a unique nature-based tourism product. The Via Ferrata Iron way will allow visitors to experience the fantastic scenery and rich biodiversity firsthand by exploring the rock faces near the edge of the Oorlogskloof gorge. Proceeds of the Via Ferrata will be used to manage the farm as a declared Protected Environment and this adventure & educational experience will provide visitors with unique insights into the value and beauty of the fynbos kingdom.
Project executant: U Can Grow Africa (PTY) LTD
1 February 2022 – 31 March 2025
Through the sustainable utilization of indigenous plants in the Cape Floristic Region, this project will provide a suite of business opportunities to local communities based between Harkerville and Covie in the Southern Cape. Out-growers (agripreneurs) and emergent small farmers will produce food and fynbos products (naturally harvested and cultivated) to be included in a specially managed, supported and mentored agricultural value chain. Opportunities for investment into agripreneural endeavours will be made available through offtake agreements and contract growing.