Landcare and Youth Educational Project

The Department of Agriculture and the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve have partnered to implement this project, which seeks to meet the needs of the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve Company, whilst simultaneously providing an avenue which will meet the needs of the Junior LandCare programme.

These commonalities include empowering disadvantaged youth with regard to:

As part of the Strategic Planning process undertaken by the Company, thirteen goals were developed, drawing on inputs from stakeholders, the Board and UNESCO. The goals of the Strategic Plan fall into five categories, or themes. This project seeks to meet two of the five, namely:


In order to achieve the implementation of the above goals and strategies, the CWCBR approached a number of organisations, both local and national, including:

This specific partnership aims to increase employment opportunities for the existing trainers at the Hawequas Junior LandCare Programme, as at present, they are only employed during the camp days at Hawequas; to allow and encourage a transfer of skills from these trainers to potential local community trainers identified through camps implemented on the West Coast; and finally, to broaden the existing programme compiled for Hawequas to the West Coast youth and education system.


To help young people to develop their physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual capacities as individuals and as members of society, and thus contribute to the implementation of sustainable development with respect to our natural resources, and finally to the development of a better world.

Based on the principles of SCOUTS: (therefore the educational approach is…)

Education in the broad sense: to contribute to the full development on an autonomous, supportive, responsible and committed person.


A Comprehensive educational framework, a set of tools...

See Appendix A for the Programme.


The youth within the Atlantis, Mamre, Pella, Darling, Hopefield, Du Noon, Witsand, Brit Bay, Saldanha, St. Helena Bay, Vredenburg, Abbots, Illinge Lethu, Velddrift, Malmesbury


The project will be managed under the portfolio of the CWCBR Company, but will be the direct responsibility of the project coordinator, Janette du Toit to ensure implementation.

Andrew Purnell, the developer of the existing Hawequas Junior LandCare programme implemented successfully at the Hawequas site will assist with the initial setting up of plots and identifying key areas to undertake skills development. Janette du Toit and Andrew Purnell will facilitate orientation of the existing Hawequas trainers to the West Coast and this project.

The training team will therefore be employed for the duration of the camps held on the West Coast. These trainers will assist the project manager to identify possible future trainers out of the youth being trained. These identified individuals will then undergo further training and mentoring from the training team thus ensuring a transfer of skills to the West Coast. These new trainers will therefore be raised up to continue future camps and thus be given an employment opportunity through the roll-out of this project.


WEST COAST BIOSPHERE RESERVE JUNIOR LANDCARE PROJECT PROGRAMME (as provided directly by the Hawequas Junior LandCare Project with minor adjustments)



10:00 – 12:00 Arrival
12:00 – 12:30 Welcome and briefing >K
12:30 – 13:00 Divide into groups, ice-breaker >H
13:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:30 Leadership and teamwork: Group work at the Fossil Park > I
15:30 – 17:00 Programme slot 1-2: >A,B,C,D,E rotation
18:00 – 19:00 Supper
19:00 – 20:30 Programme slot 1-3: >F
20:30 – 21:30 Free time
21:30 – Lights Out


06:30 – Wake up call
07:00 – 08:00 Breakfast
08:00 – 9:30 Programme slot 2-1: >A,B,C,D,E rotation
09:30 – 11:00 Tea break and free time activities
11:00 – 12:30 Programme slot 2-2: >A,B,C,D,E rotation
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Programme slot 2-3: >A,B,C,D,E rotation
15:00 – 16:00 Tea break and free time activities
16:00 – 17:30 Programme slot 2-4: >A,B,C,D,E rotation
17:30 – 18:00 Free time activities
18:00 – 19:00 Supper
19:00 – 21:00 Programme slot 2-5: >G
21:00 – 21:30 Free time
21:30 – Lights Out


06:30 – Wake up call
06:30 – 07:30 Pack up personal belongings
07:30 – 08:00 Breakfast
08:00 – 09:00 Programme slot 3-1: >L – Programme Summary
09:00 – 09:15 Tea break
09:15 – 10:45 Programme slot 3-2: >J – Planning to make a difference in our community
10:45 – 11:15 Tidy camp
11:15 – 11:45 Travel to West Coast National Park
11:45 – 12:45 Eat packed lunch and Information Session at West Coast National Park
12:45 - 13:45 Drive through the West Coast National Park with Ranger
13:45 – 14:00 Close and farewell


Environmental Education Sessions

A - Alien vs Fynbos, bio diversity
B - Alien clearing competition
C – Soil and Water conservation, Erosion control.
D - Our changing climate, Sustainable utilisation of resources
E - Sustainable Agriculture and
Food gardens

Arts & Culture Sessions

F – Performing arts practice
G – Campfire & performing arts shows.

Life Skills Sessions

H – Group Ice-Breakers
I - Leadership & Teamwork – Fossil Park
J – Planning to make a difference in our community

General Sessions

K – Welcome & Briefing
L - Programme Summary

Free time activities

Swimming, hiking, sport, art, graffiti, music, coffee bar, commando course, HIV/AIDS Awareness games.