870 kilometres down from Jo'burg, 1200km above Cape Town, you'll find us - The Healthiest Village. Deep in the Transkei - the Wild Coast! - Eastern Cape, South Africa, the villages of Tsweleni, Mpande & Mpochocho etc etc etc
Who we are
Established by a young South African doctor in response to the grim state of healthcare he encountered in the area while working at the local district hospital; Africa's Healthiest Village attempts to tackle both the underlying socioeconomic and physiological drivers of this cycle of ill health.
Our current scope of work in the village has spawned from an initial task of running a fishing co-operative in the village as a means to provide a financially sustainable way for members of the community to have access to dietary protein. This paradigm of 'social entrepreneurship' has excited young local innovators and we are now looking to match the growing fervour for change with the infrastructure needed to translate ideas into progress.
Our aim is to positively impact on local authorship and ownership of the local economy.
Since arriving in the Transkei we've helped initiate several successful enterprises with local residents as noted below.
Take a walk on the wild side
The wild coast is a wilderness where man is a part of the landscape, nor it's unordained boss. Rolling green hills are met by sky-sized bursts of cloudbreak and patches of brilliant blue, the hillsides littered with sheep, goats, cows and pin pricks of mud huts.
We are supporting local entrepreneurs develop as tourism operators and showcase the best of the coast.
There is something for everyone as you can wile away your days fishing, surfing, walking and of course devouring some of our locally grown culinary delights.
Love the Transkei. Go Local.
We are building towards the rural Africa's first local blockchain based currency.
Local currencies can offer a way to expand the assignment of economic value, so that activities like volunteering in a local farming co-operative, giving a neighbour a haircut, or reading to a homebound senior can help a person earn access to food and other basic needs, even if Rands never change hands.
come Gather round
We have found there are problems that cannot be solved from the outside or with an acute approach. Rather, they can only be tackled when those directly affected develop solutions through collaboration and innovation.
Construction is well underway for our very own makerspace to help incubate and accelerate local solutions to the many pressing problems faced in the Rural Eastern Cape.