Category Archives: Change Makers

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Changemakers in the making – Imagine Scholar 2

“Imagine Scholar is a place where I become who I want to be, where I don’t have to pretend to fit in. Spending a day at Imagine Scholar means I get to explore my deep interests, which grow and enrich my life with authentic happiness.” Given Sandamela, Grade 10 Founded in 2009 and set in the rural Nkomazi region […]

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Ikamva Youth | Education for kids by kids |Change Makers

The idea for iKamvaYouth was born in 2003 by Makhosi Gogwana and Joy Olivier, back then two young researchers, who collectively noticed the massive problems facing matriculants in disadvantaged areas, particularly in the subjects of Mathematics and Science. Makhosi and Joy noticed how students, with the help of tutors, are able to gain an upper […]


Change Makers | Apish Thsethsa from Waves for Change | on Eco Atlas

  Waves For Change, founded by Ashoka Fellow Tim Conibear in Masiphumelelo in 2011, is a project that provides surf therapy to young South Africans from violent communities. These are youths who are exposed to a myriad of problems, and who suffer from acute emotional/physical stress, which in turn fosters learning disabilities, behavioral problems and […]

Apish Thsethsa in Muizenberg, Cape Town ©David Peter Harris

Hayley McLellan started Rethink the Bag in 2011, as an initiative of the Two Ocean Aquarium ©David Peter Harris

Change Makers on Eco Atlas | Rethink the Bag 8

“It all started 9 years ago. I began agonising over why I had so many plastic shopping bags in my house, so I decided there and then to quit using them!” explodes Hayley McLellan with enthusiasm as we ordered our coffees.   I had arranged to meet her at the Two Oceans Aquarium at the […]


Change Makers | Andy Horn | Eco Design Architect

      An architect with a profound appreciation for nature, Andy Horn established his practice in 1998, Eco Design – Architects and Consultants. Sustainable design is key to his work and the studio has led the way for the Green Building Movement in the South Africa and it has received a number of international sustainable building awards. We were lucky […]

Andy Horn at his office in Cape Town ©David Peter Harris

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Change Makers |Paul Talliard & Hands of Honour 4

    “I was one of the first black firemen in South Africa; I had a great wage, a stunning life. Then, I got introduced to crack cocaine; within a year, I lost everything”. This is how Paul Talliard, founder of Hands of Honour, commenced his story. We were sitting in his temporary office in Ottery, a […]


Everyday Change Makers 2

Spoiler alert, this copy contains quite a few hyperlinks, for ease of reference   Over the weekend, Eco Atlas shared the beautiful space facilitated by Greenpop in collaboration with Rocking the Daisies – we activated in the Green Village, alongside some vibrant organizations, businesses and individuals that are committed to steering consumer choices towards a sustainable […]

Everyday Change Makers/Rocking the Daisies 2015  ©David Peter Harris

Dumi's contagious smile breaks through her shyness ©David Peter Harris

Change Makers | Dumisile Mqadi @ Happy Hippo 2

Dumisile Mqadi and I sat on the rooftop terrace of Happy Hippo, the funky eco-friendly backpackers in downtown Durban.   Dumi has been working for Happy Hippo and its sister lodge, Hippo Hide, for more than 6 years. She started off as a cleaning lady, but that was only the beginning.   “One day, I […]


Change Makers | Ekasi Project Green 4

    The creative heart of Site C in Khayelitsha  is a vibrant group of young peeps. They all share a common passion,  positive leadership and commitment to bring about innovation, hope and positive change, starting from their community. One of the Change Makers episodes featured Xolisa Bangani and Ikhaya Garden, the vegetable garden at […]

Abonga Tom and Sizwe Nyuka Mlenzana, at Ekasi Garden Headquarters, Vusamanzi Primary School, Khayelitsha. ©David Peter Harris

Amanda Lewis owner of Saucisse Deli, Old Biscuit Mill, Cape Town ©David Peter Harris.

Change Makers | Amanda Lewis & Saucisse Boutique Deli

  Recently, we met Amanda Lewis, owner of Saucisse Boutique Deli, a family-run speciality meat and cheese Deli, located in the heart of Woodstock’s Old Biscuit Mill. When we chatted, Amanda had just returned from three weeks in Zambia, where she headed GreenPop’s Bush Kitchen for the treevolutionaries who planted trees with the team at Zambia […]