Our Action Against Poverty during Mandela Day 2017

Nelson Mandela Day has always been about contributing to the upliftment of human kind and the environment in which we live.

The Wot-If? Trust has expanded on the concept of 67 minutes into an event that extends well beyond Mandela Day. In 2017, the Nelson Mandela Foundation has made a call-to-action for #ActionAgainstPoverty on Mandela Day and beyond. In light of this The Wot-If? Trust will use five key streams to take action against poverty; technology, sport, food gardens, cooking and business networking. Corporates and the Deipsloot community members and community partners are invited to experience an impact-driven Nelson Mandela Day that kick starts our #67Days of #DigitalActivism.

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Participants are encouraged to donate equipment or tools (recycled or new) towards one of the above mentioned streams. Action on the day will engage with the present but keep the future and bigger picture in mind. Part of our focus will be on the “what now?” after Mandela Day.


As a facilitator and enabler, The Wot-If? Trust plays the role of providing shared platforms and facilities with skills, training andArtist Impression - Diepsloot tech hub opportunities. As part of a newly launched #eHubDiepsloot facility funded by Ericsson, participants will have the choice to:

  • Share their Tech Knowledge or join creating eco-bricks in our “Maker Space”
  • Support community members with PowerPoint, Excel, Word, website, SEO, social media and general computer challenges
  • There will also be ‘hour of code’ session – where youngsters learn the basics of coding (with Code4Change SA)
  • Worm farms will also be on display for teaching and learning purposes


ShumbashabaThis stream will run at Shumbashaba (a farm just down the road that guests will travel to). Activities include:

  • Donating towards and helping envisage sporting facilities
  • Playing netball and soccer with children who are a part of our Roots and Shoots SA programme
  • Get your hands dirty to fix bicycles, pick up litter and/or do some weeding
  • Walk and plan a mountain bike trail

Food Gardens

This stream will have visitors planting seeds in seedling trays and preparing the soil for planting. In preparation for this, participants are to bring tools, equipment and a keen interest for permaculture. Things such as compost, gardening implements and seeds form part of this. Preferably, bring heirloom, H1 hybrid or open pollinated seeds of the following vegetables and spices for continuity of existing produce:

  • Spinach
  • Chomolia
  • CeleryIMG_0168
  • Lemon thyme
  • Marjoran
  • Rosemary
  • Coriander
  • Bringal
  • Oregano
  • Rocket
  • Tomatoes
  • Green chillies
  • Rose polygonium
  • Carrots
  • Bulb onion
  • LettuceIMG_8031
  • Spring onion
  • Broccoli
  • Parsley
  • Coriander
  • Green Beans
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Peppers (all robot colours)



To feed our expected 250 guests – the most natural and nurturing stream of the day. Our guests will be coached by a local caterer on how to prepare shisanyama, pap, samp and beans and vegetables from our garden.

Business Networking

Networking will take place over the course of the day. The business networking segment forms the foundation of The Wot-If? Trust. As a civil-society organisation that supports small businesses and organisations, guests are invited to meet and greet the companies actively contributing to the Diepsloot economy.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation is calling for #ActionAgainstPoverty! If you would like to contribution towards our #MandelaDay or #67Days of #DigitalActivism please feel free to contact or using the details listed on our contacts page




Permaculture derives from the words ‘permanent’ ‘agriculture’. It is a philosophy and practise that teaches farmers to cultivate land using whatever resources are available. Natural forces such as rain, direction of sunlight, water and wind are taken into consideration to ensure self-sustainable and edible gardens. To impart such knowledge, Food and Trees for Africa recently hosted a one-day permaculture workshop inside eHub Diepsloot.

Fifteen participants came together on Friday, 9 June 2017 to learn more about permaculture and how its’ practices could be used to their advantage. The Wot-If? Trust had approached Food and Trees for Africa to host this workshop to equip people interested in agriculture with the correct knowledge to become self-sustainable “farmers”.IMG_9843

Due to the lack of land, resources and education in an environment such as Diepsloot, The Wot-If? Trust ensured that the criteria of workshop participants was based on their existing interest or involvement in agriculture. Half of the participants in attendance are service-users from Bona Lesedi Disability Centre and are currently underway in an agriculture learnership which is funded by the AgriSETA with the training partner as VV Mashona.

The other half of participants included a local landscaper, a successful crop production farmer who owns 1,2 hectares of land on the Northern Farms as well as two “gardeners” from The Wot-If? Trust premises and from a nearby equine therapy farm, Shumbashaba.

The first half of the workshop was spent gaining theoretical knowledge inside the spacious eHub Diepsloot training room. Food and TreeIMG_9816s for Africa supplied all 15 participants with an informative permaculture workbook to be used as a reference well after the workshop ends. The second half of the workshop was highly practical as participants created an edible food garden around eHub Diepsloot. Following a well-deserved lunch break, participants left thrilled by their fun-filled and inclusive learning experience.

“It was lovely to work with people from different spheres of the world as I personally learnt so much as I interacted with people who are mentally challenged,” said Emmanuel Sinthumule the Food and Trees for Africa facilitator of the day.”

You can now find; mustard seeds, cauliflower, cabbage, beetroot, parsley, oregano, fennel and leeks growing in perfect conditions around eHub Diepsloot in Extension 10. Come and take a walk through the permaculture garden, as we will soon be cultivating this produce to consume inside our Cyber Café and to sell at nearby markets.
Food and Trees for Africa