Empowering People & Communities through Sustainable Development“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
The Oude Molen Eco Village was initiated as a micro enterprise village in 1997 by a small group of social entrepreneur tenants to optimise the use of an abandoned and vandalised hospital complex as a win-win solution to address socio-economic challenges in the region while simultaneously generating income for the custodians (Provincial Government) of this public asset.
To provide a financially sustainable win-win solution to a range of competing key stakeholder interests, while ensuring benefits to as many stakeholders and communities in the region as possible.
The OMEVTA, in partnership with the City of Cape Town’s Two Rivers Urban Park organisation, are the drivers of a unique future development proposal committed to maximising the potential of the Oude Molen property as a flagship micro enterprise eco village.
Activity in the area is dated back to 1652, when Khoi pastoralists utilised the land for cattle grazing. Over the next 300 years the area together with the OM property located in the Liesbeeck Valley became the wheat producing area providing food for the Castle and citizens in the region.
As Friends of Oude Molen Eco Village you can play a crucial role in assisting us continue transforming the Oude Molen property into a unique Eco Village that serves the needs of local neighbouring and outlying communities in the region.
“Over the past 17 years the village has evolved into a diverse community consisting of 42 small enterprises providing 200 full-time employment opportunities. Enterprises range from backpacker accommodation, music studios, equestrian activities, frail care services, metal, wood and craft workshops, public pool and braai facilities, urban agriculture, educational, social and recreational amenities and Non-Profit services to youth and the elderly.”
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We encourage you to join us in our efforts to make a difference by ensuring current and future generation will continue to enjoy and benefit from having access to the Oude Molen property