Green Women in South Africa
This entry was posted on August 8, 2013.
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According to businesswomen.co.za, South African women are the driving force behind our green economy – adapting sustainable practices, minimising environmental damage and uplifting local communities. Here’s our selection of women who are making a green impact, although we recognise that there are hundreds of ladies out there working tirelessly for the greater good.
Mavis Mogasie Mathabatha
Mavis Mathabatha was crowned South Africa's 2010 Female Entrepreneur of the Year by the Department of Agriculture. She maintains a forest of Moringa oleifera trees, known for their leaves which possess excellent nutritional properties. Furthermore, Mavis is the founder of Sedikong sa Lerato, an all-women organisation dedicated to reducing malnutrition, poverty and hunger in the area. The leaves can be eaten fresh or in powder form, and have drastically improved the health of the children supported by the project. Her organisation manufactures Moringa leaf powder, the sales of which support her child-care initiatives and community projects.
A keen adventurer, Camilla Howard recently completed a 3000km “Trek for Trash” journey across South Africa’s coastlines. The aim of the lengthy trek was to raise awareness regarding litter pollution, and also collect trash that they encountered throughout their walk. There were also community events organised, where locals could go and join them in their coastal clean-up initiatives. The trek, which began in October 2012, also involved visits to schools and local municipalities, and ended in April earlier this year. Camilla and her trek partner, Michael Baretta, collected a whopping 7 tonnes of rubbish. They continue to organise various clean-up events around the country.
All Women Recycling
As the name suggests, All Women Recycling is an organisation dedicated to empowering women and upcycling waste products to reduce environmental pollution. The business, based in Cape Town, creates eco-friendly gift boxes made from 2 litre plastic cooldrink bottles. Around 60% of the boxes produced are sold internationally, whilst locally, products are sold at over 30 retail outlets and at markets. Unemployed women are taught how to make the gift boxes, and also learn valuable business skills.