Q&A with Anita Venter, from Start Living Green grassroots development in Bloemfontein

In honour of women’s day we asked Anita Venter a few questions about her grassroots development initiative using sustainable building methods in Bloemfontein. We have great admiration for the shack replacement initiative and what she has done to empower her change agents to become more self-sufficient and build community in her local context. We first got to know of the work Anita does when she invited Peter to participate in the Lebone Arts and cultural centre, a collaborative project with Los Tecnicos in 2014. We were also honoured to host her and six of her change agents on one of our natural building courses in 2015.

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Mandela day workshops in Bloemfontein

Lebone Mandela day workshopsJoin Peter McIntosh in making adobe bricks for the Lebone Climate-resilient arts, crafts and cultural hub in Bloemfontein on Mandela Day, 18 July. Qala Phelang Tala, the organisation behind Lebone village, is a South African social initiative focusing on sustainable living environments for the poor.

The name Qala Phelang Tala is derived from the Sesotho language, which is one out of 11 official languages in South Africa. The direct translation means ‘start living green’. The aim behind this naming is to influence the perceptions and practices in housing, sustainable human settlements, and water, energy and food security through practical examples or possibilities.

 

Image and text from QPT.

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