Over Grow the System - Mariannhill, Durban (Part 2)

Highlights from the Over Grow the System - Mariannhill, Durban event.  Photo credits, Kyle Halsall

Food garden ceremony, demonstrating keyhole gardening and green mulching.

*A keyhole garden holds moisture and nutrients due to an active compost pile placed in the center of a round bed. Although most helpful in hot and dry locations, a keyhole garden will improve growing conditions in just about any climate.

*Green mulching- Acts as a natural fertilizer, so you avoid purchasing chemical varieties.- Helps protect against pests and disease, so no more harmful pesticides are necessary - Helps to protect soil as it insulates regulates its temperature. In summer, mulch absorbs the sun’s ultraviolet rays and transforms them into less-powerful, long-wave rays. Heat transfers to the soil through mulch more slowly than if the sun hit the soil directly - Plus as one can see that mulches are attractive..by adding texture to a landscape.

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Over Grow the System- 28 April 2017, Mariannhill, Durban

Over Grow the System is a Global uprising at grassroots level, to protect our Seeds and Freedom. We plan to Over Grow the System with knowledge, solutions, tools, truth and inspiration. Together we will be providing solutions to the hijacking of our seeds and polluting of our food, lands, people and ecosystems.

We are highlighting the unjust Seed Laws and the Poison Cartel Monopoly on farms in our beautiful South Africa.

Each location across the globe will be holding various events specific to their struggle and South African locations will be doing the same.

Over Grow the System - Mariannhill, Durban is a counter narrative to the World Economic Forum on Africa taking place in Durban 2-3 May 2017. The objectives of Over Grow the System - Mariannhill, Durban is to rediscover indigenous knowledge, honouring our elders and empowering our youth. And is in support of The People's Economic Forum taking place at the Durban University of Technology, Steve Biko Campus, from the 27th April to 3rd May 2017. The purpose of The People's Economic Forum is to create a free, inclusive, people-friendly space for people to learn and share information and solutions for economic and financial inclusion, empowerment and transformation. 

In contrast, the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa which takes place at the International Convention Centre in Durban from 3rd to 5th May 2017 will be attended by about 2 000 carefully selected local and international political and economic elites, by invitation only. At the WEF on Africa, business and political elites will shape policies, make decisions and broker trade deals which will affect all of our lives and futures of the more than 1.2 billion Africans, mostly women, youth and small enterprises who will not be invited to attend WEF on Africa.

The People's Economic Forum is a people's response to the multiple crises created by political and economic elites - including the energy, food, water, climate, security, financial, inequality, poverty and corruption - that we all face. Visit the website at www.peopleseconomicforum.org and the Facebook page “People’s Economic Forum” for more information and updates on the films and speakers.

Greenpeace Durban coordinator, Delwyn Pillay - “Together! We Can Build Community Support Structures and Dismantle Corporate Power. United We Shall Never be Defeated!”