Design and implementation of sustainable development programs using permaculture as a guiding methodology


Afristar’s Nicholas Heinamann currently acts as Programme Manager for the Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre (WSEC) in Mamelodi township.  He has been involved in WSEC since its inception, having been responsible for the design, development and outreach of the Centre since 2001.  

WSEC is a partnership project sponsored by the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE).

WSEC serves learners and educators from 72 Mamelodi Schools and 186 schools in the Southern Tshwane Educational District, receiving over 10,000 student visitors per year.  The Centre’s interactive classrooms, appropriate technology displays and permaculture demonstration garden provide resources and activities for hands on activity based learning and for educators to integrate environment and sustainable living skills into the national schools curriculum, assisting educators to develop activities and lesson plans in relevant areas.

The Centre’s primary function is to host learners for experiential environmental education learning, train educators, create, initiate environmental programmes in local communities, and create job opportunities for Mamelodi youth. WSEC aims to create a culture of community conservation in Mamelodi and Southern Tshwane, to capacitate and inspire the youth to lead South Africa towards a sustainable future.