BBEE Status

SEED is an award-winning Non-Profit (052-326 NPO) and Public BenefitsmOrganization that operates out of

Rocklands Urban Abundance Centre in Mitchells Plain.


SEED enjoys Section 18A Tax

Exemptions Status (930024544) and issues Certificates for all grants.


We have 100% BBEEE Skills Development Points.

This program transforms the lives of unemployed youth – giving them hope and direction, equipping them with the skills and the will to create positive lives for themselves. They also learn about communication, collaboration and conflict resolution. This growth in esteem means that graduates know their gifts and look for work that suits them.


The program equips and inspires youth to set themselves up (homes and neighbourhoods) for climate resilience - everything from food, medicine, energy, cooling, water, waste and fuel. Graduating youth have the skills to design resilience systems in a range of contexts.


The program connects student to real life work experience and connects them to employment and enterprise opportunities. Importantly it also boosts the local green economy with 16 000 free human hours per year through the job shadows and also provides businesses with capacitated and committed candidates to draw from.


The program impacts on the climate resilience of Mitchells Plain. This happens through students applying their learned Permaculture design skills to facilitate participatory design processed and then implement resilience systems in 16 homes and 16 streets per year. Climate Change impacts are already landing, as seen in the water crises of 2018, predictions are for increased temperatures and fires and an increasingly unstable climate that will impact our food systems.


The program builds climate resilience in under resources people and communities. The systemic injustice and power inequalities in South Africa means that Climate change hits the most vulnerable people first. With few resources to grow the resilience needed to survive, let alone thrive, the shocks and stresses as they land.


The program has the potential to fundamentally transform whole communities from within.





History of Seed

SEED spent 16 years pioneering the work of growing Outdoor Classrooms, for delivering the curriculum and food security, in under resources schools. The program started in the Cape Flats and was implemented nationally between 2009-2012. The program equipped and inspired 987 teachers and 33 796 learners. We have also written five textbooks and distributed 4695 to teachers equipped to use them.


The Seeding Futures youth program has grown out of direct request from school leavers for further education and green jobs. Learners that participated in SEEDs Outdoor Classroom Program, aware of the importance of regeneration, are now looking for work in the local green economy.

SEED has developed the current program through fine tuning it while facilitating five cohorts, working with 86 Cape Flats youth, over the last five years.


We are now in Phase 2 of the rollout of this program – where we graduate 300 students through a modularised program that teaches Permaculture design and its application to a range of situations and also a job shadow and supported exits into work.   


We have developed a rigorous and lean participatory Monitoring & Evaluation system that tracks the short and medium term impacts of this program on the lives of its graduates. This helps us to poise for replication and impact.


The program is developed in line with the governments National Development Plan, the scarce skills list of the SETAs as well as learnings and feedback from Facilitators, Program Alumni, Assessors and Employers of our graduates.

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The Problem is the Solution

Vision and  steps


SEED has the vision of contributing to city wide resilience through unlocking the potential in un- and under-employed township youth by growing their personal resilience and connecting them to resilient employment in the local green economy.




300 youth participate in a 15-week Accredited

Skills Program and learn the theory and practice of: Permaculture Design and Resilience Design for homes and neighbourhoods

• 300 youth put their knowledge into practice and design and implement 72 house and street resilience designs that impact 2 640 people.

• As part of the household resilience practice, 300 youth hone their skill through

designing and implementing relevant climate smart systems in 48 Mitchells Plain homes.


• Strengthen the green economy in Cape Town through growing a database of 50 partners and through 96 000 hours of work into local eco-businesses, food producers and ethical retailers  through the Job Shadows.


• Seven Alumni work positions generated through the delivery of Seeding Futures Program – Facilitators, Assessors, Caterers, Speakers, Enterprise-leads and gardeners.

• 300 un-and under-employed township youth participate in vocational strength analysis and CV writing support are connected to relevant 4-week job shadows that match their strengths and connected to best fit of work and enterprise opportunities.


• 75 Alumni facilitators identified and equipped through Training of training and ongoing mentoring and teaching opportunities.


• Alumni participate actively in bi-monthly workshops that grow peer support and connection to relevant opportunities for further work, education and guide the voice of township youth in terms of what is needed for under-resourced communities in facing the

realities of climate change.

Programme Sustainability

• Thorough M&E process and documentation systems catch and articulate the actual transformation of participating youth and their impact on city-wide resilience and outline the potential impact.


• Seeding Futures mainstreamed nationally and funded long term through the relevant Government Funding (SETA’s, Social Development, Department of Environmental Affairs & Tourism).

The Process



We are careful to invest in people who will make the most of this opportunity and we are inundated with applications. The most effective recruitment is by word of mouth and adverts in Community newspapers. Applicants are short listed and then interviewed by Facilitators.


We are proud that: 89% of SEED graduates go on to grow their own food long term.





Module 1: Accredited Permaculture1 Training (APT) (4 weeks)

The first four weeks of the program focus on learning Permaculture design principles. The curriculum covers ecosystems, soils, water, energy and plant systems as well as the principles and practices of good design applied to a variety of contexts.


The Assessment of The APT is thorough and ensures that participating youth have the knowledge and hands on ability to design and implement resilient systems. This is a requirement of being an Accredited Trainer provider and ensures that we deliver world class training.


We are proud that: This module is SAQA Accredited, with participants also receiving the, internationally recognized, Permaculture Design Certificate and that participating youth have testified to the incredible value of the assessment.



Module 2: Personal Resilience (1 week)

We focus on our strengths and practice articulating these, we look at our work/life balance and set ourselves goals. We learn about CV writing and communication skills, including dealing with conflict through Non-Violent Communication. We learn self-care.


We are proud that: Our program works holistically with youth and allows them to find their strengths and their voices.



Module 3: Urban Regeneration (6 weeks)

Household Resilience focusses on designing and retrofitting local homes to be resilient to the shocks and stresses associated with Climate Change.  Students are guided through a client interview process and then work with households to design and implement systems that impact on water, energy and food resilience as well as temperature management, waste, fuel and medicine.


We are proud that: Through the program 48 Mitchells Plain homes are retrofitted, impacting on local resilience and equipping students with the hands-on skills and the realities of working with clients.


Neighbourhood Resilience looks at how we design and retrofit our settlements to withstand shock and disturbance and with the service lines cut (Day Zero was a good example of this).

We explore international and local examples of best practice and look at social and city mapping and then apply Permaculture design principles at a neighbourhood level. This time the students conduct the interview and design on their own (with guidance) to implement systems at a street level – that include: social spaces, food co-operatives, food ways, storm water harvesting and compost toilets.


We are proud that: Through the program 48 street systems are designed and implemented in collaboration with the local community. This impacts on the resilience of Mitchells Plain, starts to create a demonstration of what is possible for neighbourhoods in the face of climate change.


Module 4: Job Shadows (4 weeks)

Through a database of local green enterprise partners, we have developed, we now place participants in relevant Job Shadows where they gain invaluable experience of the realities of running enterprises. We prioritize Job Shadows that have employment opportunities and, in this way, have secured many graduates work. The benefits to the network are that they are taking on youth that are educated and equipped and have proven their commitment to this work.


We are proud that: This boosts the local green economy through providing 16 000 free and capacitated hours and we grow partners that have started to articulate their skills gaps so that we can grow the training we offer to strengthen these.




We believe in participatory methodology. We run participatory workshops at the start of the program and start by defining exactly what we mean by resilience. This is empowering and creates a common purpose. We use the same process to map neighbourhood resilience, with locals giving meaningful input. We facilitate workshops with community members that have applied for the household and neighbourhood resilience design and implementation processes so that we can manage expectation and collectively decide on what the best strategies are for growing community resilience are. This helps us to evaluate what works and distil this into best practice that grows the effectiveness of the implementations and poised it for replication.



4. GROWING MULTIPLIERS (Training of Trainers)


Facilitators identify participating youth that are interested and have the aptitude to teach and invite them to the Training of Trainers Five Day workshop. This workshop teaches methodology, methods of learning and sees youth preparing and delivering lessons to a range of audiences.

We are proud that: Our lead facilitator is a Seeding Futures Alumnus. We employ youth to deliver aspects of the program, initially in a co-facilitator role. We are growing a broad base of confident and competent resilience teachers.




SEED believes in long-term relationships. All graduates are welcomed into the Alumni network, which meets for bi-monthly workshops that grow peer support and connection to relevant opportunities for further work, education and guide the voice of township youth in terms of what is needed for under-resourced communities in facing the realities of climate change.