champions of the environment foundation

Champions of the Environment Foundation NPC (Champions) raises and disburses funds, connecting people and organisations with the aim of promoting sustainable transformation and the Green Economy (GE).

Practical and theoretical environmental education informs communities about land rehabilitation, ensuring environmental sustainability and performing ecosystems.



  • Establish viable, ecologically sustainable communities
  • Promote public awareness and respect for the rich cultural, historical, traditional, religious, biological and natural/environmental heritage of South Africa.
  • Include a broad range of people and organisations in preserving the cultural identity as well as the protection of the environment and sustainable development.
  • Implement effective systems of governance promoting conservation, rehabilitation and protection of the natural environment
  • Promote environmental awareness, ethics and responsible behaviour in all sectors of society through education and training programmes

Past project – portfolios of evidence

  • November 2014 – EC Rehabilitation (Nyandeni) in cooperation with the public sector, Champions creates jobs and opportunities for women and youth. Implementing labour intensive projects as set out in the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP); the desired outcome is to improve the quality of live for South African citizens, address climate change challenges and reduce South Africa’s carbon footprint.
  • September 2011 – Enyokeni Palace Project (EPP) is a partnership between Champions of the Environment Foundation (Champions), Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), Tourism World, the Usuthu Traditional Council and the Zulu Royal House. On 11 September 2011 some thirty-four thousand (34,000) indigenous trees, endemic to the province of KwaZulu-Natal were planted by traditional Reed Dancers.  They created an indigenous forest in one day.  Sending a positive message of how to mitigate climate change and the important part that women play in protecting our environment and food security.
  • The EPP was designed to create awareness beyond CoP17 in Durban. During the initial phase three hundred (300) new employment opportunities were created.  An additional sixteen (16) jobs were created in order to monitor and maintain the project. (Attached letter of acknowledgement from President Jacob Zuma).
  • August 2010 – Champions first project was launched at the Ngqungqu Administrative area where three thousand (3,000) indigenous trees were planted. The four (4) sites have yielded excellent results and 120 permanent jobs, water and bore-holes. (Attached letter of acknowledgement from Nelson Mandela).