Greening the WSSD is the first attempt to reduce the environmental impacts of a major UN Summit on the host city .  In this case, the people of Johannesburg. By working with them, we aim to protect, conserve and improve the city's environment and natural resources........ leaving a legacy for the future.
Energy Efficiency
Water Management
Waste Management
Public Awareness
Responsible Tourism
Monitoring & Evaluation
Showcasing Projects
Consumption Barometer
Joburg Climate Legacy
Green Energy
Gauteng Provincial
Government Initiatives

The Sandton Convention
Gauteng Green Projects

Showcasing Projects

South African initiatives that practise what the Summit preaches.

You'll be inspired by the number of ordinary South Africans who are striving towards sustainable development. Many communities have set up projects that create jobs, enhance the quality of life and help improve the environment.

You're invited to see for yourself some key ideas in action. Please join our tours - detailed later in this brochure.

We know, too, that your visits will make the projects feel part of the Summit. Your comments will be valued and appreciated.

South Africa is a signatory to many UN conventions aimed at addressing global environment problems: the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, the Convention to Combat Desertification, and the Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. Throughout South Africa, citizens are piloting projects that help South Africa fulfil the provisions of these treaties.

Short profile on exhibition projects


Alexandra Renewal Project

How green will your valley be?

Not far from Sandton, is one of the oldest, poorest and most densely populated areas of Joburg: Alexandra. Here you'll find overcrowded shacks, run down hostels - and newly built houses with beautiful gardens.

The Alexandra Renewal Project is tackling the poverty of Alexandra and the many aspects of its unhealthy environment.

It will do this by encouraging community involvement, civic pride and sustainable local authority administration over a 7-year period. Approximately 130 sub-projects will integrate social, economic, physical and institutional objectives. These will form the basis for long-term sustainable development.

Poverty alleviation will be addressed through youth skills development and the development of economic hubs.

Environmental benefits will include:

Rehabilitation of the Jukskei River
The clean up of schools.
Ongoing greening of the area - planting of an indigenous forest and
domestic permaculture gardens.
Monitoring of air and water quality.

Partnerships will involve all spheres of government, community-based organisations and NGOs.


Contact Details:
Carien Engelbrecht
Fax: 011 838 2904
Tel: 011 355 4584

Rietvlei Wetland Rehabilitation

Nature's pure genius

The Rietvlei Wetland Rehabilitation project lies within the Rietvlei Nature Reserve - owned and managed by the City of Pretoria/Tshwane. The Rietvlei Dam provides 15% of Pretoria's water and the area contains Bankenveld - grassland under threat in the Gauteng region.

The rehabilitation of Rietvlei is important because it:

Promotes waste water purification through a natural system.
Addresses the control of alien, invasive plant species
Protects vital habitats associated with the globally important
wetland and grassland ecosystems.
Exemplifies innovation in combating land degradation.
Protects carbon sinks.
Creates wetland awareness and education.
Enriches the biodiversity of wetland ecosystems

Rietvlei addresses poverty through labour intensive job creation and capacity building while conserving water resources of a dry country. 60% of Rietvlei's budget uplifts the poor and women make up 60% of its workforce.

The Rietvlei wetland rehabilitation project is part of Working for Wetlands. It is a partnership between the Working for Water Programme (Department of Water Affairs and Forestry), Department of Environmental Affairs & Tourism (DEAT), Mondi Wetland Project, as well as the Rietvlei LandCare Programme and City of Tshwane.


Contact Details:
Piet-Louis Grundling
Area Manager: Working for Wetlands
Working for Water Programme: Northwest/Gauteng Region
Tel/Fax: 012 321 0568/88/89
Cell: 083 231 3489

Banareng Feed the Child Feed the Nation Environmental Project

Feed the children, feed the nation

Hungry children were arriving at school complaining of headaches and dizziness. As a result, Banareng Primary School, with the support of BMW, established a permaculture vegetable garden on their school grounds.

The project has grown. It now has a self-sustaining garden with indigenous plants, roses in the cut-flower section, a rockery developed on old tyres painted by the children, and the "Hanging Gardens of Babylon."

The gardens are included in the school curriculum and form an interactive educational programme; it teaches pupils about vegetable production, land management, water conservation, alien plants, and recycling. The project demonstrates, too, how to reduce the use of pesticides. It is compatible with the objectives of the Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

The school now feeds 670 children, which has resulted in a dramatic drop in the absentee rate. By improving the nutrition of their pupils, the school has enhanced the quality of their education.

Banareng is a partnership between teachers, pupils and the community. A joint research project is underway between Banareng, BMW, DSG Pretoria, Outreach (NGO) & Wits University to develop a funding proposal for SEED gardens in students' backyards.


Contact Details:
Paulina Sethole
School Principle
Banareng Feed the Child Feed the Nation Environmental Project
Tel/Fax: 012 375 5250

Soweto Mountain of Hope (SOMOHO)

Out of the darkness, light.

Tshiawelo Koppie was once a dangerous & barren hill. Now it is being transformed into an art, culture and environment hub for the local community.

SOMOHO is a working example of sustainable development in the heart of Soweto. It contributes towards the alleviation of poverty. It promotes sound waste management. It helps to restore the Klip River. And it encourages the people of Soweto to find ways to enhance the quality of their lives.

SOMOHO's working groups include: turning waste into art; catering in traditional South African meals; drumming circles and performances; Children Loving Nature after-school programme; and organic gardening.

SOMOHO has an international partnership with World Voices, based on sharing of skills and experience. The British High Commission provides the primary funding.


Contact Details:
Mandla Mentoor
Fax: 011 403 0062
Tel: 011 614 8925
Cell: 082 333 0377
Hilliary: 072 357 2713

IIEC-Africa (ECOTM House)

Global thinking. Local action.

The Soweto ECOTM House is the first energy-saving house to be built in Soweto. It achieves natural thermal comfort for Johannes Malahlela and his family, thereby reducing energy consumption and reducing the need to burn fossil fuels or consume large amounts of electricity.

Joe will be hosting visitors interested in the energy efficient technology during the Summit. He addresses a key objective for the Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The project is a partnership between IIEC-Africa (an international environmental NGO), PEER Africa (South African office of an international private engineering firm), the WITS Clean Air Research Project (University of Witwatersrand).

Contact Details:
Christelle Beyers
Tel: 011 482 5990
Fax: 011 482 4723
Cell: 083 407 8433

Midrand EcoCity

Naturally better living

The Johannesburg EcoCity initiative demonstrates alternative ways of planning and organising communities that can put sustainable development into action.

The residents of the village are the first to benefit. Their homes cost less to maintain and run. They benefit from communal living. And their health has improved through major reductions in air and water pollution.

Over 150 permanent jobs have been created through projects such as waste recycling, product-making from waste paper, bicycles, organic food gardening, and running the eco-village as a tourist destination.

There are environment benefits too. Recycling reduces the consumption of coal, fuel, paper, metal and water. Non-motorised transport decreases pollution. Organic farming means a reduction in the presence of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). Biodiversity will be protected with the creation of natural areas and parklands - and the clean up of rivers.

Roasting mealies (corn) forms part of a staple diet for many. The Smokeless Umbawula developed through this programme uses one-third of the coal of ordinary braziers, reducing emissions.

The EcoCity Trust is a public private partnership with the City of Johannesburg which oversees the management of the programme. The project has involved a range of partnerships including government (local, provincial, national and international), international aid agencies, non-governmental agencies (local and international), private sector and community.

Contact Details:
Annie Sugrue
Managing Director
EcoCity Trust
Fax: 011 403 7904
Tel: 011 407 6726

Beekeeping for Poverty Relief

Beekeepers for prosperity

Beekeeping is a traditional African practice, except in South Africa. Nevertheless, with the right training, it is a viable option to help alleviate poverty in disadvantaged communities.

The project produces trained beekeepers.
The 35 communities involved have started their own businesses,
selling honey, beeswax, propolis, pollen and beeswax candles. Their
biggest challenge is to successfully market their products and run their
own businesses.
The benefits to biodiversity are huge. Besides producing honey, bees
play a crucial role as plant pollinators, helping to maintain the integrity of
natural ecosystems.

Partnerships exist between the community, local city council, local tribal authorities, the Department of Agriculture, the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) and local churches. The Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology has funded the bee projects. The ARC implements and manages the projects.

Contact Details:
Elize Lundall-Magnuson
Beekeeping for Poverty Relief
Agricultural Research Council
Fax: 012 329 3278
Tel: 012 329 3269
Cell: 082 379 1093

The GreenHouse Project

In-House Greening

How do you develop a public centre in a crime hot spot and poor inner city area? Find out at the GreenHouse People's Environmental Centre in Joubert Park. It's an experiential learning centre from which a range of sustainable living and building initiatives can be demonstrated and catalysed:

Energy efficiency and conservation
Renewable energy generation
Water conservation, harvesting and ecological water cleansing
Environment and people friendly building materials and methods
Organic and Permaculture methods for landscaping and food

To prove tha construction can be economically and environmentally responsible, the GreenHouse uses various examples of environmentally appropriate technologies. Poverty alleviation is addressed by employing local labour and small business. The GreenHouse project is also trying to raise funds to continue building and improving the Centre.

The GreenHouse Project has received its primary funding from the Danish Government Funding agency, DANCED. Additional partners include the National Lotteries Trust, the Development Bank of South Africa. There is a formal partnership between the City of Johannesburg, and the Sustainable Energy and Environment for Development (SEED) programme. The GreenHouse Project networks extensively with other environment and development organisations, particularly those in Joubert Park.

Contact Details:
Vanessa Black
The Greenhouse Project
Tel: 011 403 6056 - From October 2002 will change to (011) 720 3773
Cell: 082 472 8844
Fax: 011 339 4584 - From October 2002 will change to (011) 720 3532
Postal Address: Box 32025 Braamfontein 2017
Physical Address: Junction of KLEIN Street with Wolmarans Streets, Joubert Park

ROSE Foundation

Recycling Oil Saves the Environment

ROSE manages the collection, storage and recycling of used lubricating oil throughout South Africa. The oil is collected from a myriad of places: car and truck workshops, bus depots, mines and DIY motorists. It is converted into industrial fuel for re-use.

All stages of the recycling process ensure sound environmental practices. The environment benefits in that recycled oil does not contaminate the soil, surface and ground water.

ROSE has collected 202 million litres of used oil since it first began operating in January 1996. Funding is provided by 13 members of the South African Lubricants Industry. They each make a contribution to every litre of New Lube Oil sold. ROSE uses a collection company (OILKOL Pty Ltd), employing over 100 staff and drivers. The ROSE Foundation is an NGO operated by the Private sector and receives no support from national or local government.

The ROSE process.

1. Collecting used oil from cars, taxis, buses, mines, farms and factories.
2. Oilkol pumps out the storage drums.
3. Oil stored at the depot before conversion or re-use.]

Contact Details:
Simon Norton
CEO ROSE Foundation
Tel: 021 448 7492
Fax: 021 448 7563

Waste Reality Exhibition

A world-wide challenge. And three South African ways to tackle it.

Linbro Park Landfill

Scavenging on landfills by desperately poor people is a problem all over the world. More than anything, it endangers their lives.

Pikitup, Joburg's waste management company, has come up with an innovative way to employ the poor - and to reclaim usable material that has found its way into landfills.

At Linbro Park, Pikitup's recycling project has created well over 30 jobs. The community collects and cleans reusable material - saving valuable landfill space - and then sells it to the contracted recycling company, Shabalala Recycling. The project has been running successfully for about two years, and will be applied to other areas.

Pikitup has spent R3.7 million on a refurbishment programme at Linbro Park. The company has made the site more appealing to surrounding communities by greening sections of the tip face. They've improved storm water drainage, installed a water pollution monitoring system and improved access - with the installation of a weigh-bridge and security booms.

Contact Details:
Christa Venter
Tel: 011 712 5297
Fax: 011 712 5339
Cell: 082 492 2424

EnviroServ: Eradication strategy for POP's stockpiles from African and other developing countries

Obsolete pesticides are an international dilemma. They are a particular problem in developing countries, frequently found in stockpiles close to subsistence communities.

EnviroServ Waste Management is the only company on the African continent with the abilities and experience to clean up Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). The company identifies, collects, decontaminates and disposes of stockpiles. This increases the safety, health, and quality of life of communities living nearby. Steps are taken to rehabilitate contaminated soil and water.

EnviroServ ships the pesticides to Europe for incineration. The incineration of stockpiles of POP's is controversial, but this is the only practical method of disposal at the moment. Other means of disposal are being actively pursued.

EnviroServ Waste Management and AVR International (Netherlands) have teamed up to provide the resources and experience for a range of chemical cleanup services, as well as "best practice" disposal solutions. Their current focus is Sub-Saharan Africa.

Contact Details:
Andrei Tomlinson
Business Manager: Hazmat Support Services
Tel: 011 456 5400
Fax: 011 453 2241
Cell: 083 253 1773

EnviroServ: Dealing with hazardous landfill leachate

Hazardous leachate is a result of rain and liquid waste entering landfill cells. EnviroServ embarked on an extensive Research and Development Programme 4 years ago to address the treatment of the leachate generated by the Holfontein landfill site. The most appropriate process was found to be a combination of chemical treatment, evaporation followed by aerobic treatment of the condensate and polishing with activated carbon. This particular solution allows effluent to be discharged to water courses or be used on site.

The project is currently awaiting a Record of Decision from The Department Agriculture, Conservation, Environmen& Land Affairs.

Contact Details:
Esme Gombault
Tel: 011 456 5400
Fax: 011 454 2771

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