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Greyton Transition Town (GTT) is part of the global transition town network that numbers over 3000 communities where people are coming together to find local solutions to the global challenges of climate change and peak oil.
GTT is the first official Transition Town in South Africa and has been working hard since its inception to inspire the communities of Greyton, Genadendal and neighbouring villages to address issues of food security, waste management, sustainable housing, environmental awareness and education.
During that time GTT has:
1. Formed eco-crews in local schools with over 80 children participating in weekly environmental education programmes after school.
2. Transformed part of the Greyton dumpsite into a Green Park where garden waste is converted into chippings and compost. The Green Park now hosts Transitions annual Trash to Treasure Festival, a day of music, activities, workshops, demonstrations and competitions on the theme of waste.
3. Started a fruit forest with 100 trees donated by Greenpop at the Green Park.
4. Mentored four eco-businesses - a home cleaning business using environmentally friendly products, the composting/chipping business at the Green Park, a natural building company and a vegetarian café.
5. Started a pilot housing project with the aim to create a sustainable eco-village model for low income families.
6. Initiated a solar power project to install renewable energy on school roofs.
7. Started the process to introduce a gap year education programme for the region's school leavers that will prepare them for tertiary education or employment. The focus will be on maths, computer and English literacy with environmental education embedded in the curriculum.
8. Built a relationship with two Humane Education NPOs, in US and SA with a view to rolling out a programme of Humane Education in local schools aimed at reducing violence in all its forms.
9. Hosted interns from Arizona, New York, Sydney, Australia, UK, Netherlands and South Africa.
All our programmes aim to find sustainable solutions that can be replicated throughout South Africa.
Operates in: Greyton, Genadendal, Western Cape
Established in: June 2012
Non-Profit Organisation Number: 103-944
Public Benefit Organisation Number:
Section 21 Company Number:
Contact person: Nicola Vernon
Phone: 082 558 7752
Physical address: Unit 3, Greyton Oak Centre, Main Road, Greyton
Postal address: P O Box 238, Greyton, 7233
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