Food and Trees for Africa (FTFA) was founded towards the end of 1990 by a group of eco-conscious individuals and organisations including Dr. Jeunesse Park and Isla Feldman of the JNF of South Africa. FTFA's outreach focuses on ecological challenges and educates the local people in their urban environments to improve their quality of life and to learn about sustainable, natural resource management and food security. FTFA’s goals include poverty alleviation and skills development.
The Mandela Peace Garden was established in 1997 in partnership with the JNF of South Africa and Food and Trees for Africa. It comprises more than a hectare of community food gardens for pensioners and is situated adjacent to the Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre.
JNF Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre, Mamelodi
The JNF Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre opened in Mamelodi on 14 September 2004. It is the first such project of its kind in South Africa, to create an environmentally friendly building that demonstrates natural thermal comfort, natural lighting and natural ventilation methods in everyday use.
The mission is to create a culture of community conservation in Mamelodi and Southern Tshwane with the aim of developing awareness amongst the youth to inspire and motivate them to preserve and utilise the wealth of our natural heritage.
The JNF Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre creates a venue for the learners and educators of Mamelodi Schools, the 186 schools in the Southern Tshwane Educational District and the surrounding community to learn about the environment. It provides key applications and resources for educators integrating the environment into the Outcomes Based Curriculum (OBE) currently being incorporated into the Education System.
Education is a fundamental key to addressing historical imbalances in South Africa and the answer to many of the social and economic problems facing the country. Environmental education is becoming a primary subject in schools throughout the country as the environment has been named a "phase organiser" in the Outcomes Based Education system. While this is an extremely exciting development many educators do not have the skills or resources to make this happen. This centre will support and train educators as well as host environmental outings for learners.
JNF South Africa established the first park in Mamelodi which was named after Nelson Mandela and inaugurated in 1996.
The Keren Kayemet (JNF) in Israel hosts visitors from all over the world to share in Israel's eco-technology expertise. South African delegations for example visit the Arava Desert Research and Development Centre in the Negev Desert in order to learn about reverse desertification. Helpful connections have been forged between the Israelis and South Africans and ongoing assistance offered by to the South Africans working locally to combat climate change. In Africa the JNF offers assistance in drip irrigation, river rehabilitation, forest management and desalinisation.