Through restoring the ecological integrity of the Jukskei, Water for the Future (WFTF) is working to create a river-based economy and vibrant social identity. Their work serves as a catalyst for implementing green ideas and community-based sustainable design, creating access to opportunities through technical and creative skills development.
As a participant in the Social Employment Fund, WFTF has partnered with three other organisations; Alexandra Water Warriors (Alexandra), Gardens of Grace (Sofiatown) and Rangers in Mission (Magaliesberg) creating 110 work opportunities focusing on cleaning around the Jukskei to ensure litter does not end up in the river. As a result of clearing alien invasive species, WFTF is also creating new income sources through activities like weaving, mulching and making firewood.
Through SEF funding, participants receive training to upscale their skills and enhance their natural talents aligning with WFTF’s goals for the green corridor. These skills will ensure that participants can continue this work, independent of the SEF programme.
In a community facing many social issues, WFTF has also introduced an inspiring morning ritual. At the start of each day, Sibusiso Hadebe, a qualified and talented drama therapist makes use of applied drama skills to shift mindsets, improve morale and generally get the team into a good mood for the day!
The icebreakers, singing, clapping , running, jumping, dancing and team building is helping everyone reach their goal of a healthier and happier community and environment.
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Social Employment and Alien Vegetation clearing