Are you looking for business opportunities in informal settlements?
The Genius Of S.P.A.C.E team is looking for implementation partners to set up and run businesses that use waste streams as value-creating inputs.
We have been hard at work with the Genius Of S.P.A.C.E project (Systems for People’s Access to a Clean Environment) in the Langrug informal settlement, and have completed our first phase. This was the implementation of our grey water infrastructure and initial solid waste management.
We are now entering the next phase where we appoint our Solid Waste management partner(s), which could be YOU.
In 2013, the Western Cape Government’s Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEADP) contracted our team to design a technology for improving the quality of water in the Berg River. The Genius Of Place project. The project will help to clean stormwater from the Langrug informal settlement and treat the water using plants and animals from the local area. The project is part of the WC Government’s Berg River Improvement Plan (BRIP).
In 2015 the Berg River Bioremediation and the Genius of Place projects were combined into the Genius of SPACE (Systems for People’s Access to a Clean Environment) project. The project is being lead by DEADP in partnership with DEDAT. Stellenbosch Municipality has been an active partner through the development of the projects. The project is the first of its kind, applying biomimicry thinking and methodology (nature as inspiration for solutions) to the development of infrastructure that is alive, in an informal settlement in Africa.
As part of the 110% Green initiative, the WC Government’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT) contracted our team’s for the Genius of Place project. We looked at how natural ideas can inspire us for managing solid waste and greywater challenges in the polluted Berg River catchment. The Langrug informal settlement was chosen as a focus area for the work.
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Source: The GENIUS of Space