Ferro-cement Water Tank Construction Management course – Jan 2014

Honeyville Eco-Village just outside Humansdorp in the Eastern Cape will be have a ferro-cement water tank construction course from 21 – 26 January 2014.

We visited Honeyville some time ago during one of their permaculture design courses. Its a beautiful piece of land, and the team living and working on-site are great. We met Alex Eppel, who is facilitating this workshop, while helping the ladies from Urban Harvest build their mom’s sandbag house in Jeffreys Bay. You can see more of that here.

To find our more about Honeyville, check out their website.

Details of the upcoming workshop below…

Ferro-Tank Workshop


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Green Drinks, BVCP Champions Forum and other things – Nov/Dec 2013





Upcoming events

We’ve been quite over the last few months while part of the team has been traveling and figuring things out for next year. We’ll be looking at doing some much smaller, informal events to test out some workshop ideas and screen some documentaries. But for now, a look at some events coming up as the year steadily draws to a close.

28 Nov – Green Drinks (details below)
30 Nov – Pop Shoppe Auction
1 Dec – Back To Earth Organic Market
13 Dec – Baakens Valley Champions Forum (details below)
16 Dec – The Granary Market

The Eco-Brick Exchange has been doing great work encouraging recycling in Walmer Township and recently had their first swop shop where eco-bricks were exchanged for clothing.  Their next one will be on 8 December. You can see photos from the first swop shop on their facebook page.

GREEN DRINKS – 28 Nov 2013
Its been a while since our last one, and it will be the final one for 2013 before we start things up again in January.So come join us for Green Drinks on Thursday (28 Nov), meet some like minded people interested or working in environment-related issues over some drinks and snacks (which you are welcome to bring with you)

Venue: Andrea’s house: 6 Morrison Str, Glendinningvale, PE
7pm – 10pm
Thursday 28 Nov, 2013
All welcome, feel free to invite friends via our facebook event
Green Drinks PE – Nov 2013

Contact Ryan on 0832652465 for more info

Baakens Valley Champions Forum 
13 Dec 2013

The Baakens valley Community Partnership invites you to join in our last Champions Forum meeting of the year.  Much has happened in the Valley since we last met and we would like to share some of the good news stories with you.

We would very much like to use this Forum to hear from you about your activities in the Valley; as well as your advice, suggestions and support for our joint efforts to improve the Baakens Valley for the benefit of all the users of this fantastic natural resource.

Please join us:
Date: Friday 13 December 2013
Venue: Settlers Park (meet in car park)
Time: 08h30, for 08h45 start
Finish: 13h00 (lunch)
Bring your ideas, creativity and sparkle.
RSVP: morgan@wessaep.co.za, on or before Thursday 5 December  2013 

You might already be wondering what you’d like to do for dinner and lunches around Christmas time. We suggest checking out the Organic Footprints website and ordering your ingredients through them, supporting local business as well as local and organic farmers. Here’s to a healthy festive season!

We’re doing what we can to help Nelson Mandela Bay become a green metro, but if we are ever to achieve this, then we need your help. A handful of people simply wont be enough to stimulate the change we want to see at the necessary scale and pace that it needs to be. So if you have idea on how you’d like to help create a greener Madiba Bay, be sure to share them with us and be ready to get your hands dirty. Residents in Richmond Hill are doing their bit by transforming a neglected piece of land into public green space. What do you want to do in your neighbourhood?

Its time we did some tangible resilience building. Onward!

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Allinace Francaise’s Green Focus program


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NMB TN Newsletter – May 2013

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I know I know, it has been a long time since our last newsletter. Apologies for that; we’ve been pretty swamped with other things the last few months. But lets get right into it…

900kgs collected at the Trekking For Trash cleanup at Kings Beach

900kgs collected at the Trekking For Trash cleanup at Kings Beach

Some very interesting initiatives have started up in the Metro, focusing on waste.
You may remember the Trekking For Trash team’s recent visit to PE on their long trek across the SA coastline doing beach cleanups. 900kgs of waste was collected at their cleanup of Kings Beach, 200kgs of which was recycled.

Following on from that, cleanups will now be organized more regularly thanks to the Coastal Cleanups PE team. Their first one took place on 11 May, which saw a large group cleaning up the Cape Recife area. We attended and got our hands dirty too. While the sun was shining, and the company was great, the experience was rather unsettling. There was a huge amount of waste to collect, but the tricky part was the plastic. Bags that had been exposed to elements over time simply crumbled when trying to pull them from the sand, breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces. So easily waste like this could have been recycled instead of finding its way into the natural environment potentially damaging the wildlife.
Be sure to like their Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter, and stay tuned for the next one. They’re expected to happen every 3 months.

Eco-Brick starter crate supplied by Eco-Brick Exchange

Eco-Brick starter crate supplied by Eco-Brick Exchange

On that note of recycling, one thing such waste could be used for is Eco-Bricks, which quite simply are 2 liter plastic bottles packed with inorganic waste. They are surprisingly solid and are becoming quite popular as a building material. Check out HugItForward who are building schools from eco-bricks. Locally, we have the recently-initiated Eco-Brick Exchange who are wasting no time in making waves here in the metro. They’re intending to build a new building for the Penguins Learn & Play Centre in Walmer Township made from a combination of eco-bricks and concrete. To get the needed number of eco-bricks, they’re calling on you to get involved. Contact them on ecobrickexchange@gmail.com or 084 688 8554, and find them on Facebook too for regular updates

Local resilience calls for effective local waste management, and initiatives such as Coastal Cleanups and Eco-Brick Exchange are one way you can do your bit. And don’t forget Greencycle as well who will collect your recyclables each week.

And on the gardening side of things… Alan Fogarty with involved with a food gardening project in New Brighton and is look for some help. They need assistance with;

  • The physical aspect of digging and preparing the soil and beds in the hard rocky soil for planting.
  • Training them to mulch the soil and seed beds as well as any input in teaching them the principals of sustainable vegetable gardeing.
  • Planting trees and shrubs.
  • Helping to clean up the immediate environment.

You can contact Alan if you have questions or would like to get involved on 041 378 1486 or E-mail: info@alantours.co.za

The next meeting of our Edible Gardens Group will be on Saturday 8 June, 2 to 4 p.m., at the home of Diane Lawrie and her son Douglas. We’ll look at the food forest that Douglas has planted and at their plans to get off the grid completely.The address is 3 Belfast Drive, Fern Glen, also known as the mud house. Go up Cape Rd past the William Moffett traffic light. Take first left into Whitney, then first left into Glendale Avenue. The last home on right is 3 Belfast.Bring a healthy snack to share. Feel free to invite friends and family.

shift logoCongratulations to our co-initiator of the NMB Transition Network on being selected as one of the winners of this year’s Shift Sustainable Design Competition for his greywater recycling design. He’ll be traveling to Malmö, Sweden for two weeks with the other winners  on an educational exchange. He also spent two weeks in Cape Town recently and participated, together with the other finalists and a design team from Sweden, in a social design challenge. You can read about the whole experience here

A couple of markets coming up:
5 June – The Granary Market, Stanley Str, Richmond Hill – 4pm – 9pm

8 June – Cupboard Love little market, Somerset Str, Richmond Hill – 9am – 12

Green Drinks for June has a possible date, time and venue change. We still have to finalize that, but we’ll let you know the details nearer the time.

Thats all for now…




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Edible Gardens Group gathering 4 May 2013

Our Edible Gardens Group (formerly the Seed Savers group) will meet on Saturday 4th May at 2 p.m. at the home of Merryl Leverington, 3 Cleonie Crec, Springfield.

Merryl will demo her container vegetable gardens and explain why she switched from growing veggies in the ground , to container gardening.

We’ll also discuss how best to move forward, e.g. should we publicize events in the newspaper and hold Edible Gardens at a public place (like ACT) rather than private homes?

Bring a healthy snack if you want 🙂 to go with Merryl’s lemon grass tea.

Directions to Merryl (her # is 083-981-3690): Circular Drive into John Street, then right into Adam Str, 1st left into Cleone Cresc.. number 3.

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