Promoting environmental economic growth: The Ithemba Phakama Project

Charl Steenkamp – Brand Manager at NCC Environmental Services

NCC has been appointed by the Department of Environment, Forestry & Fisheries (DEFF) to provide environmental project management technical services and administration, assistance to the Ithemba Phakama Project.

The Ithemba Phakama Project is an emerging eco-enterprise initiative which aims to enhance and promote the environmental economic growth, particularly in selected historically disadvantaged semi urban/rural communities.

Various sectors have been identified with the potential to contribute substantially to the generation of jobs within the green economy.

Through this project NCC will facilitate the empowerment of youth and women living in historically disadvantaged communities to contribute towards environmental protection, conservation and sustainability.

We are very proud to be part of this project and to contribute to real growth for people, planet and business.

The following stakeholders will be benefiting from the Ithemba Phakama project:

Mhani Gingi in Manenberg

Mhani Gingi aims to provide innovative business solutions which are sustainable and profitable and contribute towards alleviating poverty.

The Mhani Gingi model promotes social entrepreneurship among women and youth, which will not only provides an avenue to improve their own livelihoods but also the communities in which they live.

Visit mhanigingi.co.za for more information about the work they do.

iThemba Labantu – Lutheran Community Centre in Philippi

The Lutheran Community Centre is a vital part of the community and provides health care (AIDS-clinic), feeding schemes, various income generating projects, educational facilities and an array of youth work, training and skills development.

iThemba Labantu aims to get kids off the streets and provide them with skills, education and support to turn their lives around in order to integrate back into society.

Visit ithemba-labantu.co.za to see the what work they do.

SEED in Mitchells Plain

SEED is an award-winning non-profit and public benefits organization with 12 years experience in pioneering schools Permaculture programs in under-resourced schools in South Africa. They have worked in multiple communities finding that their work meets the need for ecological literacy and food security in youth. Seed also offers practical solutions for the accelerating climate and energy crisis through building local resilience, skills training and job creation well as broader schools education.

Visit seed.org.za for more information their work.

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