Transformational Opportunities for a Paradigm Shift (TOPS)

Transformational Opportunities for a Paradigm Shift (TOPS)

South Africa
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

) An integration of all appropriate technologies that are relative, applicable, practical, scalable that provides solutions for inclusion to all sectors and focuses on alleviating poverty while providing transformational opportunities that change the nature of consumer to producer

About You
Kitchen Garden n’Kozi Developments (Pty) Ltd
Section 1: About You
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Section 2: About Your Organization
Is your initiative connected to an established organization?


Organization Name

Kitchen Garden n’Kozi Developments (Pty) Ltd

Organization Phone

+27 82 820 9646

Organization Address

6 Arundel Circle, Tokai, Cape Town 7945

Organization Country
How long has this organization been operating?

Less than a year

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Your idea
Country your work focuses on
What makes your idea unique?

The idea is unique as it is an integrated approach towards providing solutions utilizing best appropriate technologies across a wide spectrum of housing, renewable energy, food and fiber production, community and education.

Do you have a patent for this idea?

Tell us about the social impact of your innovation. Please include both numbers and stories as evidence of this impact

The social impact is still to be determined but to date has achieved recognition as well as achieving some of the necessary milestones that will allow the inclusion of alternative methodologies and systems to operate and transform within the present paradigm. Examples of this include recognition through winning the Grand Prix Award for Excellence in Innovation & Sustainability in 2005 for the housing design and solution; Innovation Winner (2008) in for the “Eat-In Awards” for sprouting innovations, Publication of a paper “Organic Sprouts as a Nutritional Solution” for the 2007 International Conference on Organic Agriculture and Food Security by the FAO held in Rome, various newspaper and magazine articles, radio interviews and national TV inserts for “Proudly South Africa” and “Free Spirit,” acceptance of sprouting amongst the nutritionally challenged as witnessed by the inclusion of sprout production in the “Harvest of Hope” initiative from Abalimi in the Cape Flats. The impacts of these awards and recognitions have allowed the development of strategic relationships with other local and International technologies and technology providers as well as inclusions for projects that are designed around carbon emission reductions.

Problem: Describe the primary problem(s) that your innovation is addressing

The primary problems that my innovations are addressing are the major components that make up poverty, namely, housing and energy, water and nutrition. Nutrition encompasses education, health and food security as effective solutions require effective approaches and therefore they require integration of various components and this process requires the tools and technologies that allow additional opportunities for women within the economic sector. An example of this is by educating the women into an agricultural paradigm shift utilizing sprouts as a primary input, mini greens as a secondary output, organic gardening as third tier and seed/fiber/food production as a fourth tier production. The fiber is then transformed into technically superior building materials (stronger, larger and lighter) when compared to the traditional and conventional building materials. This allows greater participation for women within the agricultural, construction, food processing and renewable energy aspects of the transformational process.

Actions: Describe the steps that you are taking to make your innovation a success. What might prevent that success?

The steps I have taken to make this innovation a success include two innovations that address the primary components of poverty being housing and nutrition; while other local innovations include Zinc Air Fuel Cells, waterless toilets, roundabouts for pumping of water and International technologies provide solutions for enabling renewable energies in solar hot water, solar photovoltaic and wind turbines and fiber processing. A pilot project which is about to get underway promises to be a first in Cape Town ; a free standing energy producing fiber structure with a waterless toilet to serve the needs of a Toy Library for a Down Syndrome Day Care Center. Factors that may prevent the success and long term vision could include political instabilities, unexpected geo-physical phenomena, lack of adequate funding or entire collapse of the world’s economic systems.

Results: Describe the expected results of these actions over the next three years. Please address each year separately, if possible

Year one would serve the direct needs of the community within the context of the aforementioned day care center while also showcasing the newest cutting edge technologies that are affordable and within the scope of most sectors of our society. Year 2 will open the doorway to opportunities to develop these basic technologies into a larger replicable and scalable development of sustainable villages that transform our communities into producers of food and other complimentary products derived from co-operative ventures and year 3 will see the completion of a world’s first truly sustainable smart modern African digital eco-village that will serve as the model that can be emulated across the continent and beyond.

How many people will your project serve annually?


What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

$50 - 100

Does your innovation seek to have an impact on public policy?


If your innovation seeks to impact public policy, how?

The present Minister of Human Settlements has described the above and has indicated the days of building houses for the poor are over and that new developments need to cater to all segments of society, that they should be turn-key projects and that they should have the best technologies available and be available and integrated to serve the needs of all segments of our society and this project, with the drive and focus of women aims to precisely do this.

What stage is your project in?

Operating for 1‐5 years

Does your organization have a board of directors or an advisory board?


Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with NGOs?


Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with businesses?

Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with government?


Please tell us more about how partnerships could be critical to the success of your innovation

Government has repeatedly called for participation from the private sector in partnership with public and government to form Public Private Partnerships to undertake these developments. To date we have formed strategic alliances with various NGO’s, private enterprises and various key government departments that are now stakeholders and would like to see the success of this project.

We would like to learn more about how your initiative is financially supported. Please explain your business plan/revenue model

Beyond an initial funding phase, these projects are designed to be sustainable and income producing with revenue streams derived from the productivity of the member’s efforts through the production and sales of agricultural products including agriculturally derived building products and processing of fast moving consumer goods.

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

One year after the 9/11 incident and after being retrenched, from the ITC industry I realized that seeking employment was futile as the marketplace was now requiring younger lower paid applicants. I then realized that my true mission was to use my experience gained outside of South Africa to address the problems of this fledgling democracy. After having identified the major problem as poverty and housing and nutrition as the main components of poverty and realizing that the major problem facing all of us is indeed poverty, I felt it incumbent upon myself to provide solutions that would address these issues.

Tell us about the person—the social innovator—behind this idea.

Having been strongly invited to leave South Africa on a one way ticket in 1971 by the authorities at the time, I found myself in a voluntary type of exile living in Hawaii and never expecting that someday I would return and noticing that many people were dying shortly after retirement, I decided to reverse the order and work in my latter years and play in my youthful days.. Having embraced the philosophy of accepting and welcoming change as change being the only constant in life, the opportunity arose in 97 to make a life changing move and I felt the need to act in accordance with my belief of embracing change and this led to my return to South Africa after spending the same 27 years away as Mandela was incarcerated.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Newsletter from Changemakers

If through another source, please provide the information
Does your project address any of the following barriers to women’s technology access and use?

Women’s time poverty, Women’s lack of involvement in the technology development process.

If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how.

The project elevates women to accept leadership and responsibility roles and this is also more in alignment with tradition in South African culture when compared with other cultures and tribal societies

Does your project involve women in one or more of the following stages of the technology lifecycle? Identification of the problem the technology will solve:

Technology design, Technology introduction, Technology training, Technology supply and distribution, Creation and maintenance of market linkages for women's economic outputs.

If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how you will ensure women’s involvement in each relevant phase of the technology lifecycle.

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If women are a focus of your project, how did this focus evolve?

The project focused on women from its conception..

Which type of women will your project reach directly?

Rural, Peri-urban, Urban, Low income, Middle income, High income.

In what ways does your project team/leadership involve women?

It is led by a woman/women., It is led by a woman/women from a developing country., The core project team includes women., The core project team includes women from developing countries..

Has your organization formed any new partnerships in response to this challenge? If so, with what type/s of organization/s?


Has your project leadership had prior experience with the following?

Working with women, Working with technologies, Working to increase women's economic empowerment through technology, Working on innovation.