The Grootbos Foundation offers programmes in three different areas:
Green Futures relates to all initiatives with a core conservation focus. These include award-winning ecological research projects, nationally accredited training courses offered through our Green Futures Horticulture and Life Skills College, our Green Futures indigenous nursery and alien clearing and indigenous tree planting projects.
Football Foundation, our flagship sports programme, was founded in 2008 to promote sports and social development in Gansbaai, an area with typically high unemployment rates and few educational, recreational and developmental resources and opportunities. The Football Foundation, a subsidiary of the larger Grootbos Foundation, aims to uplift communities by empowering individuals through accredited skills training and leadership opportunities. It also works to promote education, health, social integration and participation through sports.
Siyakhula is our benchmark enterprise development and entrepreneurship programme. Many of the projects within this programme also have a dual focus on food security. Siyakhula, an isiXhosa word meaning “It is growing”, has evolved over the past 8 years from our first ‘Growing the Future’ agricultural training project, which taught farming, beekeeping and animal husbandry skills to local unemployed women; into a far more comprehensive and far reaching career and employability-driven enterprise creation initiative