THE DEVELOPERS OF THE HOPEWELL CONSERVATION ESTATE HAVE ENSURED THAT THE ENTIRE PROJECT IS BOTH ENVIRONMENTALLY AND SOCIALLY SUSTAINABLE.
|The Hopewell Conservation Trust (established in March 2010) is a ground-breaking social contract between the developers and the KwaNobuhle
community. It has paved the way towards a collaborative partnership benefiting both groups.
The developers of the Hopewell Conservation Estate believe in the
importance of maintaining cultural and natural heritage, and as such, have
set aside a special heritage zone on the northern border of the estate.
The zone is planned to form the basis of a Xhosa cultural heritage centre,
focussing on the role of nature in Xhosa society.
|Plans for the heritage zone include a nursery for the propagation and
cultivation of traditional medicinal plants, a permanent initiation park, as well as a play area for local children and an environmental education facility.
Senior community representatives are overseeing the development and
management of the heritage park, with support from Mncedisi Sitoto, Hopewell’s Community Liaison Manager.
Other partners in these social investment initiatives include the Uitenhage & Despatch Development Initiative (UDDI) and the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA).