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 originally initiated as a micro enterprise village in 1997 by a small group of social entrepreneur tenants.
The initial aim was to optimise the use of an abandoned and vandalised hospital complex in order to address socio-economic challenges such as job creation, youth development and food security in the region by utilising micro-enterprises, non-profit organisations and social enterprise services.
Over the past seventeen years the village has evolved into a diverse community consisting of numerous metal, wood and craft enterprises, social projects, food gardens, a public swimming pool and recreation facilities, a frail care center, a farm stall café, horse-riding activities, backpacker accommodation, artists, musicians and film industry services.
The Oude Molen Eco Village Tenants Association (OMEVTA) believe as proactive citizens and joint custodians of this public asset we have a responsibility to ensure any future development benefits local communities in the region.
To achieve this OMEVTA has conceptualised and is promoting a unique future development proposal based on an amalgamation of selected local and international best practices.
The proposal is a financially sustainable solution that emphasises a holistic bottom up development approach which optimizes the unique historical legacy, location, scenic views and social and recreational opportunities the Oude Molen property has to offer the general public, with an emphasis on benefiting local, neighbouring and outlying communities in the region.
The proposal has been endorsed by the City of Cape Town Two Rivers Urban Park initiative which is responsible for overseeing development bordering on or within the Black River Urban park wetlands area and the proposal has been selected as a World Design Capital 2014 project.