PE Seed Savers gathering – 23 Feb

PE Seed Savers gathering – 23 Feb

The next gathering of our seed savers group takes place this Saturday (23 Feb)!

It starts at 2 pm at Val’s house, 20 Kuruman Kloof, Summerstrand. Feel free to bring seeds and seedlings to exchange.

Directions: Go up 5th Ave next to Marine Hotel, drive past Summerwood school and university campus on your right. Then 1st road right after campus is Kuruman Kloof. Park on grass on opposite side of the road (not on Val’s grass) and walk up driveway to the back. Please don’t go to the front door because that’s a student flat.

This will be the 3rd monthly gathering of our seed savers group who are doing the important work of sharing and saving heirloom seed varieties!

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NMBTN Newsletter February 2013

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Newsletter February 2013

In-transition 2 poster A4.inddAlready midway through February… Our small team has been swamped with their individual projects so the year has started off quite slow for Transition here. Unfortunately we haven’t gotten round to organizing our Happy Harvesters gathering which seemed to get quite a good response last year. However, we have changed up our GreenDrinks evening for this month and included a screening of In Transition 2.0, the latest film by the Transition Network showcasing inspiring stories of hope, creativity and resilience from all across the world. This is definitely not to be missed, and is an important event for seeing how we can all pull together and get active in improving our city. So save the date: 21 Feb, from 17h30 – 21h00. More details can be found here and you can also invite friends via the facebook event here

Here’s a quick video of a group in Oak Cliff, Texas, who are stepping up to improve their block…

There a few other things happening over the next couple of weeks…

Indalo-logoAlliance Francaise Indalo Project Exhibition. Exhibition on the development of the Indalo project. Proposed by K. Kimwelle, Phd candidate at the NMMU, in collaboration with 3rd year students from the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris. Opening on Saturday 16 February at the Alliance, at 11.30. Exhibition runs until Friday 1st March. Free entrance, cash bar.

792250_10152559721190074_2075335409_oThe Trekking For Trash team who have been walking coast to coast cleaning up beaches along the way will be doing a cleanup at Kings Beach this Saturday (16 Feb) starting at 10am and ending at midday. All cleaning supplies will be provided as well as a few hundred boerie rolls and cool-drinks from their sponsors! This is guaranteed to be rewarding and fun for all involved, so spread the word and come be a part of it! The facebook event can be found here

image001On Wednesday 27 Feb there is a talk by Treasure The Karoo Action group chairperson, Jonathan Deal, titled Fracking The Truth. The event is hosted by the Wilderness Foundation and will take place at the Boardwalk Amphitheater at 18h30. Click the image for more details.

Also on the topic of fracking… an article that should grab the interest our our brewer and beer lovers: Beer brewers are joining forces to fight fracking

582801_556049154412865_1656927999_nThe next Target Market is taking place on 8 March. The last one had a great vibe with a variety of locally made goods. There are still spots for new stallholders, so if you’re interested, be sure to drop BA a line

The next Granary Market will be on Wednesday 6 March on Stanley Str, Richmond Hill

Tomorrow you can catch the One Billion Rising event at The Grand Hotel; A global DANCE RISING to call for an end to rape & violence against women. It runs from 4pm – 8pm. Find more details on the One Billion Rising website and the facebook event here

Our Seed Savers group will be getting together again on Saturday 23 Feb, and the next Critical Mass ride will be on Friday 22 Feb

Want to see what other Transition groups around the world have been getting up to? Check out the January round-up on Transition Culture

And in closing…


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EVENT 21 Feb 2013 – Green Drinks and In Transition 2.0

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NMB Transition Network Presents Green Drinks And In Transition 2.0

 The Nelson Mandela Bay Transition Network invites all those interested in developing our Metro into one that is truly green, to meet for Green Drinks and a screening of In Transition 2.0 at Port Elizabeth’s Grand Hotel in Central from 17h30 on 21 February 2013. The screening will begin at 18h30.

In-transition 2 poster A4.inddIn Transition 2.0 is the new film from Transition Network, capturing inspiring stories of Transition initiatives around the world, responding to uncertain times with creativity, solutions and “engaged optimism”. In Transition 2.0 is an inspirational immersion in the Transition movement, gathering stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

The NMB Transition Network has been working in the Bay since 2010, initiating and networking grassroots projects that address issues around climate change, rising energy costs and economic uncertainty. They have hosted a number of events such as food gardening workshops, film screenings, regular Green Drinks evenings, and more recently Happy Harvesters gatherings, all of which provide spaces for skills and information sharing. Their mission is to build local resilience (social, ecological and economical) into our Metro, led by the community. 

Ryan Allan, co-founder of the NMB Transition Network, explains it further as being “…about bringing people together, at grassroots level, and getting creative about the challenges we face at both a local and global level. We’re headed for a low-energy future, whether we like it or not, but we have the opportunity to design that energy descent in a way that could benefit our local economy, build resilience into our community, all the while reducing our negative impact on the environment.”

The event will take place on 21 February at The Grand Hotel on the Corner of Whites Rd and Belmont Terrace in Central starting at 17h30 and ending at 21h00. The screening of In Transition 2.0 will begin at 18h30. There is no attendance fee but organizers do ask for a R20 donation to cover the screening costs from those who are able.

For more information contact Ryan Allan on 0832652465,visit the NMB Transition Network website or find them on Facebook.

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Critical Mass Port Elizabeth Cycle Group – Ride this Friday!


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 “I want to ride my bicycle!”

Critical Mass is a global movement of cyclists who get together to promote safe cycling, to create a city cycling community and help people engage with their city by bike.

The ride on Friday has been confirmed as 6:30pm at Kings Beach, Friday 25th January.
Bring spares and a good attitude to fellow road users.
Lots of fairy lights are optional, but make yourself visible.
Lyrca NOT a prerequisite – wear what you are comfortable with.
Everyone welcome
Please wear a helmet, your thoughts are important.

Critical Mass PE started at the end of October 2012.
It is a mixed bunch of people, all are welcome. Lycra is not a prerequisite, wear what you are comfortable in – shorts, mini skirt, jeans, fancy dress….
It is by definition an unorganized ride, it is organic and changes with the people who join, some ride in solidarity with those who have died on the roads, others ride for the thrill of it!
You have responsibility for yourself and for making the ride fun, safe and accessible to everyone. Please bring a cheerful attitude, bike spares, and look out for each other on the ride.
It is NOT about ‘reclaiming the road’ from cars, it is about showing all road users that it is fun and possible to cycle in PE, that we can co-exist with other road users, and most importantly that it is enjoyable.

The Critical Mass Ride is always on the Last Friday of the Month, it starts from Kingsbeach parking at 6:30pm and takes the route chosen by the people at the front of the ride. It is very leisurely and usually involves a half way stop.



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PE Seed Savers gathering – 26 Jan 2013

nmbtn logo headerSOS — Save Our Soil, Save Our Seeds!

Hi everyone — this is to remind you that the PE Seed Savers group meet on the last Saturday of every month to share seeds and seedlings.

Our next meeting is on Saturday 26 January at 2 p.m. — same place, Krag and Genna’s house, 6 Main Road Walmer, tel. 041-581-8151.

All who are interested to start sharing and saving heirloom seeds and be more involved in preserving seed diversity are invited to join us.

Our last gathering in Nov 2012

Our last gathering in Nov 2012

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Welcome to 2013

cropped-nmbtn-logo-header2.jpgWelcome to 2013! We hope this year is filled with interesting opportunities, community spirit and resilience building… Lets get to it shall we…

Newsletter - January 2012First up, our monthly GreenDrinks evenings kick off again on Thursday 17 January. Same time, same place (7pm, 6 Morrison Str, Glendinningvale, PE)

For those who want to learn how to start and maintain their own organic food garden, Urban Harvest Workshop: Eastern Cape will be running a 2-day food growing workshop on 26 + 27 January. Details here…

Happy Harvesters received a great response from you last year, so we’ll be starting that up again in February. More on that nearer the time as details are finalized.

Organic Footprints are back online for 2013… so if you want to do your bit to support local and organic farmers, visit the website and see what they have available. They’ve got certified organic seed on there and soon they’ll have organic household cleaning products and personal-care products on the list…

The Critical Mass PE cycling group will be doing their first ride for the year on Friday 25 January. So if you want to get off the car and support a growing cycling culture in the city, be sure to join them. Route still to be confirmed. Contact Thalia for more information: or 0761327862

The noPEnuke website is up and running. The noPEnuke is a group formed last year to oppose the planned Nuclear 1 Power Plant at Thyspunt. Find the website here, and the the facebook page here.

There are some very interesting news articles on green issues on the  GreenTimes website. Read about SA’s first green cycle lane in Cape Town, the possibility of cities drinking recycled water, the diversity of life in soil and more at

Want to see what happening around the world in Transition last month? Check out the December round up on Transition Culture:

Remember we’ll be on Kingfisher FM again each week chatting about Transition and various other green issues in the metro. We’ll let you know when that starts up again and what we’ll be covering. To those of you who have been listening to our previous talks on air, we’d like some feedback from you. Feel free to send us comments or questions via email or on our facebook page.kfm-Greenhour

Alrighty then… so this year we want to see big change in our city, but its going to require all hands on deck. Its time to get more involved, to take all those great ideas you’re sitting on and put them into motion. Lets make some big leaps in building local resilience in 2013!

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Food Gardening Workshop in Jeffreys Bay 26-27 January 2013


Food Gardening Workshop in Jeffreys Bay

26-27 January 2013

Please join Urban Harvest for a two day workshop that will prepare you to start and maintain your own food garden. You will leave with a new and stronger foundation on every aspect of food gardening from building soil to harvesting seed.

The topics that will be covered include:

Choosing your site and designing your beds

Preparing the beds/ Container Gardening

How to plant: Crop Rotation and Companion Planting

Mulching and Recycling

Watering, Harvesting, Soil Building

Compost and Earthworms

Pest Control, Seed Collecting

Venue: 15 Spekboom Street, Jeffreys Bay

Directions: Coming into Jeffreys Bay from the R102 drive past Kabeljauws along Da Gama Road, Turn left into Akasia Street and first right intoSpekboom Street

Bring: Hat, Sunblock, Water Bottle, Comfortable clothing, Pen

Cost: R600 (Includes manual and a healthy meal on both days)

Course facilitators: Jakkie Botha and Susan Botha

Jakkie Botha and Susan Botha from Kouga Urban Harvest runs Food Gardening Workshops throughout the country as well as long-term training for community gardeners.

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