About Us

About our Organisation

Cultural Connections is a non-profit organisation working in coastal Tsitsikamma and Pearston, Karoo, South Africa. We enable collaborations for ecological/human restoration, socio-cultural integration and holistic education.

This we do through Sophakama in Pearston, where we support teacher development, creative science, an Eco Youth Circle, dancing, food growing and land restoration at the Pearston Club.

We connect this work with Bushman’s Pillow in Tsitsikamma where we support an Eco Youth Circle, land restoration, and offer the space for camps, events and accommodation.

We also bring youth together from these towns through a nature based life orientation programme as part of the Eco Youth Circles.

About our Organisation

Cultural Connections is a non-profit organisation working in coastal Tsitsikamma and Pearston, Karoo, South Africa. We enable collaborations for ecological/human restoration, socio-cultural integration and holistic education.

This we do through Sophakama in Pearston, where we support teacher development, creative science, an Eco Youth Circle, dancing, food growing and land restoration at the Pearston Club.

We connect this work with Bushman’s Pillow in Tsitsikamma where we support an Eco Youth Circle, land restoration, and offer the space for camps, events and accommodation.

We also bring youth together from these towns through a nature based life orientation programme as part of the Eco Youth Circles.

Cultural Connections aligns with:

Asset Based Community/Citizen-Driven Development (ABCD) and Strengths Based Development Approaches

Our Culture

Our organisational culture aims to create a working environment that is conducive for personal growth, safe expression of feelings and opinions, respect for ourselves, others and our environments. We celebrate and motivate each other rather than act jealous, we ask questions and do not assume, and we speak truth, valuing honesty. We promote a more horizontal, self-management style of operating with distributed decision making, rethinking our systems for self-organisation, higher purpose and wholeness.

We also question aspects of culture with the fast changing times we live in. Our logo, the Sankofa bird (borrowed from the Akan people of Ghana), reminds us to take from the past what is good, and bring it into the present for positive progress. That which no longer serves us stays in the past. Between all our diversity, we are finding a united voice.

Our People

Click on the flower to get a better view of who is involved in the different aspects of the organisation. The flower represents the integration of our programmes and its link to the core, the heart of the organisation. Below is a photo of us at our annual January Gathering in 2023. With some absent, you will still be able to put a face to some of the names!

From top left – Tim, Layla, Marno, Chevon, Xolisa, Zoyisile, Girswin, Deona, Mishca, Ntombisizwe, Delishia, Melanisa, Marushka, Kayline, Tine, Pumla –
from bottom left – Alicia, Carla, Khanyisa, Jen, Nella, Chantal, Michelle, Thabisa. Not present – Ted, Ninnette, Rifqah, Jimmy, Nosiphiwo, Vuyelwa, Tyra and Angelique

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