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Thrive Hout Bay is a non-profit, community-based organisation serving and operating in Hout Bay, Cape Town. Thrive was born out of a community needs assessment in 2004, which identified that the community’s top three priorities were

  • the people of Hout Bay
  • the natural beauty of its surroundings and its conservation
  • its economy.

The survey revealed that the community needed to build houses, improve job opportunities and employment, clean up Hout Bay and provide amenities for children and youth. In response to the clear need to address pollution in Hout Bay, Thrive’s pioneer project, Zero Waste, was created to focus on reducing, reusing or recycling waste.

The results of a second survey in 2010 motivated Thrive’s main areas of focus and current broad objectives, to provide environmental education for children and youth and to reach out to the community to share environmental awareness and practices. This is done through activities focused on addressing pollution, encouraging biodiversity, growing food locally, zero waste, energy efficiency and saving water.

Thrive places a special emphasis on empowerment, self-organisation, education and cultural organising. The goal of raising awareness around environmental sustainability has been the key motivation for Thrive’s evolution.

Thrive is currently constituted as a non-profit organisation run by a small staff together with numerous volunteer mentors and a Management Committee made up of committed residents. It has an office at Valley Nursery in Hout Bay with most of its activities taking place on site at schools and within local communities.


  • The Thrive approach is a pioneering model that can be shared and duplicated
  • Community focused and driven
  • Developmental best practices avoiding handouts and top-down approaches
  • Longevity of organization (since 2004) and demonstrated success
  • School curriculum containing components of the five environmental pillars
  • Community outreach component of all pillars in local projects
  • Registration as NPO and PBO as well as BEE compliant (75%)
  • Financial integrity, audited annually
  • Committed donors: National Lottery Commission, DGMT and Nedbank
  • Committed Corporate supporters
  • Committed Individual donors
  • Strong governance by a committed and skilled Executive Director and Manco (Board)
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