What is "Transition"
Transition is a movement that has been growing since 2005. It is about communities stepping up to address the big challenges they face by starting local. By coming together, they are able to crowd-source solutions. They seek to nurture a caring culture, one focused on supporting each other, both as groups or as wider communities. In practice, they are reclaiming the economy, sparking entrepreneurship, re-imagining work, re-skilling themselves and weaving webs of connection and support. It’s an approach that has spread now to over 50 countries, in thousands of groups: in towns, villages, cities, Universities, schools. One of the key ways it spreads is through telling inspiring stories, and that’s what we aim to do on this website. We really hope you feel inspired to take part, we’d be honoured if you did.
The Greyton Transition Town initiative is a community-based organisation that seeks to unlock and cultivate the resourcefulness of the people of Genadendal, Greyton, Voorstekraal and Bereaville to better work together to build a resilient, sustainable and united community, redressing the past and walking into the future together, in the face of climate change and economic crisis.
What we do
WEDNESDAY LOCAL MARKET
On Wednesday mornings Greyton locals gather to sell their homegrown produce, chat around Aunty B’s delicious Rusks and sip on freshly ground SOA coffee. We munch on crispy bread baked by our own local baker, John, muse over Remi’s healing herbs, take home Riaan’s seedlings… The market is coordinated by Marshall Rinquest.
How can we clean up our environment and also eat well? GTT makes sure that every two weeks locals in Greyton and Genadendal are able to bring their recyclable waste in return for a voucher which they can swap for food, stationery, fruit & veggies , shoes, clothes, etc.
NO PLASTIC BAGS
We have successfully lobbied the supermarkets to replace plastic bags and styrofoam with alternatives and we produce long-life bags, sold nationally, employing 6 women. Run by Nicky Vernon.
This is a project in cooperation between GTT and the Dept of Agriculture and starts in April 2019, where 20 community members, 10 from Genadendal and 10 from Greyton will be trained by Marshall to develop their own sustainable home gardens and worm farming.
FERMENTED BIOFERTILISER PRODUCTION
We are experimenting with brewing fermented fertilisers as superfoods for plants, to boost growth in household gardens. Coordinated by Doug Reeler and Ashley Patience.
YOUTH JOB READINESS
With the Education Department this project offers an alternative pathway to learners, who have dropped out of the school system, to get a recognised basic education. Coordinated by Zynoe Patience.
We provide learners with vocational and technical skills to enter the world of work with greater confidence and be more employable. Training in woodwork, leather work, jewellery making are offered by professionals from the community and job shadowing with businesses in the area. Coordinated by Heidi Von Caues.
We participate in several local initiatives, committees and forums to promote cooperation and collaboration, including the TWK Municipality.
THE SACLI SEVEN-YEAR PLAN
South African Christian Leaders Initiative (SACLI) in collaboration with GTT and TWKM are working on a national 7-year initiative, led by Fr. Edwin Arrison and Keith Radmore, to connect the principles of permaculture to the development of kinder, more resilient and sustainable communities.
The Ecolodge hosts groups (organically) from far and wide, supports the GTT and hosts its meetings. Coordinated by Janet Richards. For info and boookings:
Phone: 082 545 1240
Three days a week Marshall Rinquest does environmental lessons during and after school in five local schools. Over the past seven years this very successful project has had huge impact on the awareness and involvement of children and teens, around sustainability, food security, permaculture, natural building, local fauna and flora etc.
A reading programme in 3 of our local schools to assist grades 1 to 4 learners to improve their reading and academic skills. The programme is primarily run by volunteers from the community. Coordinated by Joan Buckley & Zynoe Patience.
BASKET (MANDJIE) PROJECT
A collaboration with Overberg Education Department this project empowers the parents of Grade R children to play educational games with their children for school readiness.
GREYTON ORIGIN CENTRE
The Greyton Origin Centre serves as a platform for us as a community to tell the story of our past, embrace the present and determine our future. Coordinated by Keith Radmore.
This is a new initiative to encourage people with valuable knowledge or skills to share these with the community. To offer a talk or workshop contact coordinator Beulah Reeler 0837000304