Cato Manor
CIDA Cottonlands EJNF Hartebeesport Dam IWRM
Local Economic Development Booklet Launch National Waste Training - DEAT Pakistan Saneri CSS

: : CATO MANOR PROJECT: 2006 - 2007

IZWA designed and introduced the concept of Zero Waste Multiculture into the urban context. This is a system that uses all the local resources in food production – sewage to a biodigester to provide a fuel and treat the sewage; to algae production for biodiesel and animal feed; to fish farming, organic vegetables, mushrooms, chickens and a Food Forest – a holistic and integrated system. There are two sites in Cato Manor.

Old SPCA site

288 cubic metre Biodigester SPCA (under construction)
SPCA nursery site

Sustainable water tank - SPCA site
Old Nsimbini site

Nsimbini - early site visit
Nsimbini - current vegetable beds

Nsimbini - fresh organic spinach
Richard at a herb circle
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Nsimbini - very good production

: : CIDA PROJECT: 2009-2010

IZWA is currently working on a project funded by CIDA (the Canadian Development Agency) on projects in the Western Cape that will both promote organic food production, as well as highlight problems with pesticides, while educating farmworkers, particularly women, on how they may best defend themselves against toxics. This project is ongoing.

Workshop with women's co-ops

Vegetable garden learners
Barrydale - view of nursery

Barrydale - womens food garden
Stellenbosch - site visit

The Hendricks sisters
22 July 09 IZWA Launch Josephine Mill - funded by Cida
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Emerging farmers and food producers workshop


IZWA assisted in this project and our recommendations included a biodigester as well as organic production of mushrooms - both gourmet and medicinal.

Almost complete Biodigester

Biodigester channel
Biodigester almost covered up
>Mushroom production
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Visit by City Officials


EJNF-Waste Workshop

Dennis Brutus, Muna Lakhani, Patrick Bond


As part of the IWRM programme, IZWA has also made input into the Hartbeespoort Dam
rehabilitation programme, by supporting composting and other uses for water hyacinth, input into sewage system interventions and recommendations around community projects. IZWA is also developing guidelines for local resorts to minimise their negative impacts on the dam.

Harvesting water hyacinth
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Vermicomposting of water hyacinth

: : IWRM PROJECT: 2008-2009

IWRMIntegrated Water Resources Management programme of the National Department of Water Affairs and Forestry asked IZWA to support their programmes in the Western Cape and in Northwest Provinces. We carried out research, training materials development, workshops with communities, many site visits and various other support. The Zero Waste Multiculture model has become a de facto standard to aim for in Organic food production.

Community visit to "Soil For Life" - Western Cape

Learning about Organics

Community visit to unsustainable chicken farming

Thomas chatting with NW community farmers

Community visit to olive oil production facility

Roger Short addressing IWRM worshop NW province

Muna discussing worms with the community
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Inspecting worm bin made from waste



This entailed research, participatory workshops and the writing of a booklet on Local Economic Development from selected waste streams. This was funded by the Development Bank of SA, and involved people from all walks of life. The booklet was launched at a well attended media event.

IZWA Board Members & DBSA representative at launch
of Local Economic Development Booklet
Saphira Patel and Nirmala Nair at IZWA launch

DBSA' Saphira Patel and Muna Lakhani
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DBSA and IZWA booklet workshop


IZWA was tasked with a national Zero Waste training programme by the national Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. We trained people in 4 cities – Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town and East London. It was a good learning curve, and some of the trainees have done very well for themselves since.

• eThekwini Fresh Produce Market
- 2006
IZWA carried out research and produced a report on how the fresh produce market could reduce waste, and divert almost 100% of the waste away from landfill. It was a useful exercise for the DEAT students.
• Recycling Economy of the Western Cape - 2007
IZWA was part of a research team, appointed by the
Western Cape government, to assess the Recycling Economy of the Western Cape. It was both thought provoking and interesting, as it confirmed that the real beneficiaries of recycling are never the poor collectors, but those in formal conversion businesses.

Community radio interview East London

Planning session with the city

Durban students starting a veg garden
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IZWA Durban students


Pakistan - Our hosts and VIP's

Pakistan support for Zero waste

>Pakistan public transport
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Pakistan children who entertained us


IZWA and the Centre for Civil Society (UKZN), formed a partnership in a project funded by the South African National Renewable Energy Initiative. This involved in looking at electricity tariffs, and perverse subsidies; low cost energy appliances for the poor; a biodiesel from algae project with the Durban University of Technology and the city of Durban and research into the Polluter Pays principle.

• Status Quo report - 2007
City of Cape Town consultants requested IZWA to assist in providing a Status Quo report on the state of waste in the City of Cape Town. The intent was to inform their programme further.

• United Nations Global Environmental Facility: 2007 - 2008
United Nations Global Environmental Facility funded a project with IZWA, that had two components – the first was to see how we could assist people in rural areas minimise their
exposure to Malaria and some sustainable responses to Malaria (avoiding and treating); the second component was to inform urban dwellers about the dangers of burning wastes, particularly plastics. These components relate to the work we have done on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

• IWRM – Integrated Water Resources Management:
2008 - 2009
programme of the National Department of Water Affairs and Forestry asked IZWA to support their programmes in the Western Cape and in Northwest Provinces. We carried out research; training materials development; workshops with communities; many site visits; and various other support. The Zero Waste Multiculture model has become a de facto standard to aim for in Organic food production.

• Marikana
- 2008
IZWA developed a Zero Waste intervention for proposed community housing in Marikana.

Biodiesel from algae - DUT Durban

Biodigester under construction

Biodigester in detail
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Inside the biodigester

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