9Miles Project is a community-based nonprofit organisation that was founded in Cape Town in 2013.
Using surfing as a drawcard, 9Miles Project provides safe spaces and structured after school programmes for impoverished and vulnerable children in marginalised coastal communities; and offers food aid, literacy and academic support, mentorship, job creation, skills development, and holistic support to at-risk youth and their communities in the areas of Cape Town, Elands Bay, and St Francis Bay in South Africa.
With headquarters at Strandfontein Pavilion, Cape Town, the organisation is a safe haven and refuge for kids who have very few resources, and even fewer positive role models in their lives.
The Beach Co-op
We love the ocean and want to work with others that do too. It all began in 2015 when a volunteer group started meeting every new moon to collect marine debris on the rocky shore at Surfers Corner in Muizenberg. It is our local surf break and we wanted to do something for the ocean that does so much for us. This philosophy continues into the work we do today, and although our mission is focused on single-use plastic, the driving force and primary ambition is the health of our ocean. Our single use plastics mission is to work with it at all points of its supply chain: remove it from the beach, refuse it when making purchases, work with brands and companies who want to use less plastic, and encourage manufacturers to design plastic packaging with a circular economy in mind i.e. design for recyclability.
We have all heard the devastating statistics and seen the mind-shattering images of plastic pollution in our oceans, the moving rivers of plastic, seabird guts filled with cigarette lighters and bottle caps, whales beached with 40 plastic bags… But when it comes to what we can do about it, like drops in the ocean, we feel paralysed and overwhelmed. With a population of almost 8 billion and estimations of close to 8 million metric tons entering our oceans from land every year, where does one begin?
At Ocean Pledge we believe in the power of the individual and the impact that can be made in daily choices. Most of our waste consists of seemingly innocent everyday items like plastic bottles, food containers, packaging, straws and plastic bags yet single-use plastic comprises 49% of all litter found on the beach.
Join us in turning up the volume on single-use plastic, because your actions means you C.A.R.E.
Shark Spotters is a pioneering shark safety and research organisation that has attracted international attention because of the novel way it pro-actively reduces interactions and conflict between recreational water users and white sharks.
Started in 2004 in response to a spate of shark bite incidents and increased shark sightings, Shark Spotters is now the primary shark safety strategy used in Cape Town.
Shark Spotters improves beach safety by applying innovative and responsible shark safety solutions that reduce the spatial overlap between people and sharks, thereby reducing the risk of a shark bite. We also provide emergency response in the event of a shark incident, as well as conduct cutting-edge applied research on shark behaviour and ecology, raise awareness about shark safety and conservation issues, and provide employment opportunities and skills development for shark spotters.