The Changing Practice in the Olifants course 2017/18 is all wrapped up! We had a hugely successful partner's meeting on the 7th of August, where all of the participants shared their case studies with guests from civil society, government and universities. This was followed by a deeply moving and meaningful graduation ceremony, a celebration of everyone's hard work and achievements, and a commitment to continuing this important work together as a collective.
You can read all about the Partners' Meeting and Graduation here.
All of the case study booklets can be downloaded below. Please note: these case studies are the intellectual property of the activists who wrote them. While they want their work to be shared and used, please contact them (contact details on the inside cover) to ask their permission before using their research.
By Collen Jolobe, Susan Moraba and Lorraine Kakhaza, Social and Environmental Justice in Action / Action Voices, Emalahleni
The main problem and reason we’ve become activists in our communities, is the pollution of the wetlands/streams that are located right next to our villages: the Klein Olifants stream, Brugspruit stream and wetland. The pollution has got worse over time, not only are community members still dumping their waste, there is now also the pollution from the KG Mall and from the nearby mine.
By Elton Thobejane and Provia Sekome, Come-Act, Burgersfort
Our Change Project is about working towards changing unethical corporate practice in terms of Social and Labour Plans, including monitoring, and enhancing compliance enforcement by coming up with recommendations for improved SLPs, systems and legislative provisions for a people-centered social beneficiation system.
By Elvis Komane and Nthabiseng Mahlangu, CULISA, Emalahleni
Our change project is aimed at investigating and calling for the proper management, including the development of a rehabilitation plan and programme, of the legacy mine dump at the Highveld Steel plant near Santa Village. The main work we have done in this Change Project is to re-establish dialogue with the mine owners and other stakeholders as well as gather more support and momentum from others in civil society and government to ensure that something is done to reduce the impacts of the mine dump.
By Kedibone Ntobeng, Tshepo Sibaya and Christina Mothupi, Itumeleng Youth Project, Steelpoort
Our Change Project focus is on illegal dumping with a particular focus on disposable nappies. The reason we are focusing on disposable nappies is because during our house to house awareness campaign on domestic waste management many more people complained about disposable nappies than other domestic waste. We think this is because most domestic waste can be managed effectively if we try to apply the three R’w -Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The questions people raised during the awareness campaign were how do people manage disposable nappies and where do they dump them?
By Caroline Rathokolo and Nelson Thaba, Khulumani, Tafelkop, Mpumalanga
Our Change Project focusses on two community hubs in two areas: a centre for orphans and vulnerable children in Ga-Botha called Phuthanang Drop In Centre and Jack Morare Primary School in Ga Kopa, Tafelkop, in rural Mpumalanga Province. We are trying to encourage and support the development of food gardens at schools and in people’s own yards, and to connect the orphanage and feeding centres to wider networks of government and business to enable them to receive greater support.
By Thelma Nkosi and Bernard Ngomane, Mpumalanga Water Caucus, Nkomazi Municipality, Mpumalanga
Our study is intended to help the communities of Skhwahlane, Madadeni, Sibange, Magudu and other communities interested in home food gardens, to provide healthy indigenous food for their families and to improve their economic means through permaculture practice. To those who are already doing home food gardens, this booklet may offer some views to improve their farming through the permaculture process. It may help them to understand the challenges faced by communities in this process and strengthen their ability to strive when faced with difficult situations in their farming practice.
By Mmathapelo Thobejane, Eustine Matsepane and Tokelo Mahlakoane, Sekhukhune Environmental Justice Network (SEJN), Burgersfort.
The fact that the mine pollutes is an injustice to all people because our human right to live in a clean environment is being violated. The mines keep on polluting our rivers. Water pollution affects the economy in our communities and the ability of people to grow food and keep cattle for their families. Our parents survived with livestock by selling cattle to take care of their families. Cattle are also integrated into our cultural heritage during weddings, funerals and traditional ceremonies. Now the livestock are getting sick and dying from drinking contaminated water.