Visit to a WILDTRUST Trees for Life based Restoration Sites – 6 November 2018


The Trees for Life Project is one of WILDTRUST’s longest standing initiatives. It aims to support the upliftment of previously disadvantaged communities by participating in the green economy through the growth and bartering of trees. These trees are propagated and cared for by ‘Tree-preneurs’, until they reach the height required for bartering with WILDTRUST. These trees which are the bedrock of the project are then used in the WILDTRUST reforestation project sites throughout the country. The planned fieldtrip to the Ferncliffe Nature Reserve, one of the reforestation project sites that WILDTRUST is supporting. The visit aims to show how the Trees for Life Project intrinsically feeds into the reforestation efforts conducted by WILDTRUST. The fieldtrip will end with a trip to visit to a local Tree-preneur from the community, thereby allowing participants to see how the Tree-preneurs affectively manage their nurseries and allow for information sharing about how they function within the green economy.

Location: Ferncliffe (NRM)

Opening: Dr Andrew Venter Addresses Delegates

Demonstration: Mxolisi Mabaso (NRM Strategic Manager) will address the delegates and provide information about the Department of Environmental Affairs, Natural Resource Management project and their reforestation efforts on site. Mxolisi will provide information about the work conducted with the Tree’s for Life programme. He will also provide information about the University of KZN plots within the nature reserve. Thereafter, a tree-planting demonstration will occur and delegates with the assistance of the restoration teams will prepare holes and plant trees.

Closing: Dr Andrew Venter

Visit to Tree-preneur (Mercy Mabutyana): is a Green-Preneur from uMgungundlovu. She joined Wildlands in 2009 as a tree-preneur and since then she has grown tremendously to become a versatile Green-Preneur (growing trees, collecting waste, and selling clothes).

River Restoration Work – 7 November 2018


The aim of this fieldtrip is to provide the participants with the experience on how a river restoration project functions within a South African township context. The river restoration site visited on this fieldtrip is managed by the community-based organisation – Enviro Champs. through the Duzi Umgeni Conservation Trust and the Liberty Non-Profit Organisation’s Mlungisi Ntuli.

This river restoration site is located within the greater Edendale Township. The project aims to integrate the restoration and river health work with the local community’s development aspirations and cultural traditions. The participants will meet with local community representative, environmental activists and assist the Enviro Champ Team with a river clean up.

Location: Wilgerfontein River, Sinkwazi Road, Imbali

Opening: Dr Andrew Venter

Demonstration: Mlungisi Ntuli (DUCT/ Liberty NPO) will address the delegates with the work that his team, along with DUCT have conducted over the years. He will discuss the importance of wetlands and river restoration work specifically within the greater Edendale area.

Thereafter, Mlungisi Ntuli, along with Enviro-Champs and delegates will conduct a brief river clean up.

Recycling Facility – 8 November 2018


The fieldtrip to the Midmar Recycling Depo will allow the participants to understand how WILDTRUST’s recycling initiative operates, unpacking the recycling value chain and the unemployment and poverty alleviation impact of this operation. Delegates will spend time sorting through recyclable waste to get a sense of the different streams and their value.

The field trip will conclude with a visit to a local Waste-preneur that will allow participants to gain more information of how the Waste-preneurs are affected by this pathways into the green economy through the recycling.

Location: Midmar Recycling Depot

Opening: Dr Andrew Venter and Health and Safety Talk by Johnny Bloem

Demonstration: Dr Andrew Venter and Johnny Bloem to provide tour of the recycling facility.

The delegates will then participate in a recycling/ sorting activity. Safety gloves will be provided for those who wish to do the sorting exercise.

Excursion St Lucia – 10.& 11. November 2018


In St Lucia we will spend two days exploring the Isimangaliso Wetland Reserve. On Saturday 10th of November we will explore the Isimangaliso Wetland Reserve. Mr Phumudzo Munyayi, the land care contract manager of the reserve will introduce us to their work the removal of trees and the alien clearing program, which is creating job opportunities for the local population. At Catalina Bay Mr Sifiso Vumas, the Environmental Education Officer, and Phumlani Lugagu, the Environmental Compliance Officer, of the Reserve will talk about Environmental Education and the Busary Programme as well as their work in lake restoration and infrastructure management. In the evening, we will visit the Western Shores during a night drive with Jeeps to explore the ecotourism activities provided by the park. Sunday morning we will visit the wetland by boat to explore the ecological value of the reserve provided to species such as hippos, crocodiles and birds.