Siyakhana Permaculture Food Garden

Siyakhana, translated from Zulu means "building one another", and that is exactly how they have converted the previously barren hectare of land in the center of Johannesburg into the oasis it is today. 


This project demonstrates integrated urban food production, where two hectares of rocky, clay-filled and infertile ground at Bezuidenhout Valley Park is home to the Zerho Waterless Toilet.

In 2011, a solar water-heating system was built almost entirely out of 2-litre plastic bottles and black plastic piping, Siyakhana also installed two Zerho Waterless Toilets to give site workers and visitors access to basic on-site sanitation. They transformed a dumpsite into a flourishing garden, developing mindsets with regards to health and nutrition, creating employment through basic teaching of sustainable practices.

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