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Real rural action, since 2004

The TransCape non-profit organisation (NPO) was registered on 4 August 2004 with South Africa’s Department of Social Development.

The organisation was the initiative of Mdumbi Backpackers’ workforce and friends. Together with the medical staff at Canzibe Hospital, they established an NPO to help the communities of the Nyandeni sub-district to tackle their significant health, social, educational and economic needs.

TransCape’s geographical focus.

TransCape is active in an area ranging from Port St Johns to Coffee Bay and in-land up to Mthatha and Libode. This falls mainly in the local Nyandeni Municipal area, OR Tambo District, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Economic statistics.

The Eastern Cape is one of South Africa’s poorest provinces with, according to statistics from the Department of Social Development, the highest percentage of people living in poverty.

The HIV prevalence in the Eastern Cape, at 29% of the population, is among the highest levels in the country. The OR Tambo district where TransCape operates, is the poorest district in the Eastern Cape in terms of all poverty measures.

Our specific geographical area of operation is the Nyandeni municipality. Mdumbi Backpackers is situated in Ward 26 and Canzibe Hospital in Ward 23. It has the lowest Human Development Index (0.45) and the highest poverty gap (2 231 million) in the Eastern Cape.

TransCape’s Vision

We are a connected community comprising of holistic, healthy and empowered individuals in an optimally developed and fairly managed sustainable environment.

TransCape’s Mission

To be an optimally informed, monitored, open and accessible hub with relevant examples, tools and networks for making positive choices about how to live.

Holistic and sustainable community development.


For people to reach their full potential, the aspects of health, education, livelihood and income (HELI) need to be developed in a balanced and integrated way.

People cannot live if they do not develop resources. If they develop too little resources, they cannot satisfy their needs. If they develop too much, it damages the environment and doesn’t last.

This is a holistic, integrated, people and nature centered initiative. It is focused on South African communities who are rural poor and previously discriminated against.

By identifying local people who are already busy with health, education, livelihood, tourism, agriculture and manufacturing initiatives, it makes use of the non-profit and cooperative models to source funding and expertise to support these people where needed. It makes use of developmental solutions based on interdependent multidimensional relations, appropriate technology, renewable systems and permaculture to ensure sustainable outcomes.

All South Africans have a right to basic health care.

Considering the previous discriminatory regime and current economical inequalities, providing fair health care to all South Africans is an immense task.

This initiative contributes to finding health solutions through:

  • Improving access and awareness of existing health services
  • Identifying and providing developmental support to local health initiatives, including HIV support groups
  • Home based care groups and community health programmes
  • Identifying and strengthening health relations and networks
  • Improving health infrastructure

Health experience.

  • Canzibe antiretroviral (ARV) unit
  • Infrastructure maintenance and upgrade of Canzibe hospital
  • ARV treatment and down referral programme
  • Upgrade and construction of five clinics
  • Establishment of 21 HIV support groups, eight with micro finance businesses
  • Over 10 qualified tourism students
  • Establishment of a computer and library centre
  • Ten school and two university scholarships
  • Participation with three public school

To be able to and know how to learn and access information is the most powerful tool towards self actualisation.

To provide a holistic and integrated education solution, we look at the following aspects:

  • Early childhood development
  • After school enrichment
  • Adult basic educational training
  • Basic computer and internet training
  • Scholarships
  • Learnership programmes integrated with income generating initiatives
  • Collaboration with local public schools
  • Vocational support

    Education experience.

    • Registration of Mdumbi Education Co-op
    • Establishment of three preschools running for eight years with an average of 35 children per school, per year
    • Three after school enrichment groups running for eight years
    • Over 250 qualified ABET students
    • Establishment of five HBC groups with offices and registered as non-profit organisations with three accessing SocDev HBC developmental grants
    • HIV awareness programmes with over 100 000 participants
    • HIV testing of over 5 000 people

According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, physiological well-being is a precondition to any further development.

This part of the initiative is about the sustainable provision of :
buildings, water, toilets, hot water, power and organic nutritionally diverse food to people at their homesteads in an Eco-friendly and people oriented way.

It entails the creation of:

  1. Model Eco-centres that will be used to experiment with and test permaculture, earth building and renewable technologies as homestead solutions.
  2. Provide a venue for sustainable livelihoods and environmental education.
  3. Solutions will be rolled out to surrounding homesteads by locally based cooperatives.
  4. Distribute and install renewable products; build earth buildings; design renewable and sustainable systems and buildings according to homestead needs and manufacture many renewable products themselves.

To provide a holistic and integrated education solution, we look at the following aspects:

  • Early childhood development
  • After school enrichment
  • Adult basic educational training
  • Basic computer and internet training
  • Scholarships
  • Learnership programmes integrated with income generating initiatives
  • Collaboration with local public schools
  • Vocational support

Livelihood experience.

  • Registration of renewable systems, earth building construction and agricultural co-ops
  • Cob, compressed earth, grass, pole, lathe and wood building techniques
  • Rain water harvesting in ground dams and plastic water tanks
  • Three styles of composting toilets – urine separation bucket system; urine separation solar dryer, two compartment non-urine separation system. These toilets are integrated with composting systems for fertilizer
  • Four styles and combinations of water heating – solar plastic bottle system, solar black pipe spiral, flat plate wood and solar combo, solar and rocket stove combo

The capacity of humans to share surplus and expertise is one of the corner stone for the rapid evolution of their race above all others known.

The misconception of unlimited economical growth and security through material wealth would be their downfall.

“Africa’s long and beautiful coasts and the abundance of marine resources can contribute to providing economic, food and environmental security for the continent. These coastal and marine resources, like the rest of Africa’s environmental resources, cannot continue to be exploited in a manner that does not benefit Africa and her people. This is a paradox of a people dying from hunger, starvation and poverty when they are potentially so rich and well endowed.”– President Mandela

The income part of this initiative looks at natural and human resources which could be sustainability developed into surplus produce or services to be traded with. Especially here we make use of the cooperative movement to ensure local ownership, fair sharing, democratic decisions and a social responsible component.

The main Income areas we have dealt with are Agriculture, Tourism and Manufacturing.

TransCape projects, past and present.

Health / HIV/Aids

Support groups – Adults

Establishing community and clinic-based support groups. The groups allow HIV positive individuals to share their status and the physical and psychological problems they face, becoming empowered as a group in the process.

TransCape maintains the groups with an allowance for catering for weekly meetings and T-shirts. Support groups also receive training organised by TransCape in basic HIV/AIDS knowledge and how to live healthily. There are currently 23 support groups, with over 500 members.

Awareness days

TransCape’s HIV/AIDS awareness programme has three legs – community awareness events, soccer awareness events and school awareness events and workshops. We are systematically working through all nine Canzibe wards.

Soccer events are more informal. At both these kinds of events, we do testing, drama performance, open discussions and educational talks.People are exposed to the reality of HIV/Aids through the activities and disclosure of HIV positive support group members. They obtain information from nurses and relevant government staff, who are invited to the event by TransCape, about treatment and services.

An average of 700 people attend our events and we test an average of 70 people per event day.

Hospital feeder wards

Approximately 180 000 people live in these wards. One week before an event, we visit all stakeholders in the village, including tribal authorities, counselors, teachers and other thought leaders, to plan and keep them informed of the event.

We also drive around with a loudhailer to inform the community. With the more formal community awareness events, we invite all government officials to inform the community about available support from their departments.

Support groups – Children

Special support to children living with HIV/AIDS. We are currently supporting two children’s support groups at Canzibe Hospital.

This entails regular meetings with refreshments where they receive special care, attention and gifts.

Home-based caring

After starting to support one existing home-based care group, we initiated four more. They function through 20 caregivers, all women, half of whom are themselves HIV positive.

They care for critically ill patients (washing them, cleaning wounds, etc.), assist people on medication, take care of orphans and frail and elderly people and refer sick people to the appropriate government health services.

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