OPEN FUNDING CALL

AfrikaBurn announces an open call for funding in the Tankwa Karoo.
Apply now to donate to AfrikaBurn’s programmes in the following areas:

Children

Education and development for Tankwa’s school age learners.

DONKEYS

Animal Welfare service provision for Tankwa’s donkeys and horses.
Photo thanks to Peter Corbett

Plants

Rehabilitation and protection of the Tankwa habitat.
Photo thanks to Jonx Pillemer

PLANET

Sustainable development programmes on Quaggafontein.

Children

Education and development for Tankwa’s school age learners includes:

  • Feeding scheme at Elandsvlei Primary School
  • Teaching assistance at Elandsvlei Primary School
  • Financial support for continuing education at Calvinia High School


An average of 40 children annually are supported by AfrikaBurn through Elandsvlei Primary a quintile 1 school meaning that they are required to offer places at no cost. When the learners move onto high school some 120kms away, they are accommodated in a hostel. Currently there are two Tankwa learners at Calvinia High. A former learner who was supported in her schooling by AfrikaBurn is currently completing her education degree online whilst working as an assistant teacher at Elandsvlei. Keeping the school open is essential for the families in the Tankwa Karoo given the vast distances to surrounding towns and villages.

Donkeys

Animal Welfare* service provision for Tankwa’s donkeys and horses includes:

  • Subsidized fodder
  • Vet and farrier monitoring visits
  • Replacement materials for harnessing
  • Basic training in harness making and first aid
  • Animal first aid kits

In partnership with an expert team from the Cart Horse Protection Association, AfrikaBurn helps the karretjiemense of the Tankwa keep their donkeys and horses healthy and happy through monitoring, medicines, feed, materials and basic training. Visits monitor between 25-50 equines.

*Animal welfare provision has also included pet food and a spayathon for dogs and cats.

Plants

Rehabilitation of the Tankwa habitat and protection of the natural environment on Quaggafontein Farm includes:

  • Development of an integrated and holistic plan for ecological restoration
  • Soil stabilization Seed farm (shed, nursery) and equipment
  • Participatory eco restoration programmes involving Tankwa community
  • Weather station


With a long time-horizon and a solid dose of idealism, the restoration and regeneration of the denuded Quaggafontien and Vaalfontien farms to healthy working ecological systems within a very challenging environment, requiring inventiveness, innovation and hard work is catnip for the burner community. Restoration of the Tankwa grasses is a long term commitment and something that our neighbour SANParks has identified as requiring intervention due to overgrazing spanning centuries.

Photo thanks to Monique Schiess

Planet

Sustainable development programmes on Quaggafontein and Vaalfontein Farms include:

  • Integrated renewable power: solar, wind, waste plastic conversion
  • Humanure and greywater processing
  • Food gardens
  • Leave No Trace programme expansion
  • Water systems integration
  • Carbon offset programme
  • Green building


AfrikaBurn is working towards being net positive, meaning in the future, our existence improves the ecosystem. This requires an expansion of our Leave No Trace work, ensuring all activities, operations and infrastructure choices are informed by an ecological imperative of being regenerative, inclusive and equitable, and in long term we do not produce waste. Once established, our circular waste economy systems (created through open source, open science and open innovation) will be showcased and utilized as a resource and tool for environmental education and food security.