Last updated: October 23, 2019

RCE Makana and Rural Eastern Cape

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South Africa
Date of RCE acknowledgement:
January, 2007
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RCE Makana and Rural Eastern Cape encourages collaborative initiatives across Makana Municipality and the rural Eastern Cape of South Africa. Makana Municipality is centred on the small, historical university city of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. With the 1994 demise of apartheid and a recent regional change from a predominance of stock farming to game farming and eco-tourism there has been rapid urban growth.This change has led to many small land holdings being consolidated into larger game park blocks, displacing many farm workers to urban settlements where there are high levels of unemployment. The changes have also shaped a deepening poverty that is now being further exacerbated by the recent slowdown in the global economy and an attendant loss of further jobs as the market economy levels out.

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The Makana RCE has developed as an open forum for reporting and deliberating local initiatives in community engaged environment and sustainability change. Two important RCE initiatives in local food production and marketing serve as an example of some of the excellent work being done:
  • The beginnings of a successful partnership in support of a Saturday morning market that strengthens local production and consumption; and
  • A youth and student-led community initiative that installs aerobic composters to support home food production and reduce the waste stream.
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Contact Details
Main RCE Contact:
Rob O'Donoghue
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