Sustainable Coffee Bay began life with the Coffee Shack Backpackers; a traveller’s hostel operating in the area for over ten years. Owners, David and Belinda Malherbe identified basic needs of the local community and with humble beginnings involving visitors and tourists to the area, Sustainable Coffee Bay has progressed its activities. Coffee Shack is encouraged by the fact that each year, despite many challenges, the existing projects are evolving and exciting new ones emerging.
Education is one of the chief objectives of Sustainable Coffee Bay. However the organisation aims to empower the whole community, encourage self determination and self worth throughout and thus sustainability for the future. We always ensure that the local community are fully informed and consulted on any activities undertaken to ensure support and fulfilment.
Sustainable Coffee Bay works within Ward 23 of the King Sabata Dalindyebo (KSD) district, O. R Tambo municipality in the Eastern Cape; one of the poorest provinces in South Africa.We collaborate closely with the local community and also work with existing government, community and business structures such as the Department for Social Development, Department of Education, Department of Health, the Tribal Authorities, Education, Training and Development Practices Sector Education and Training Authority (ETDP-SETA) and Media Works.
Mission & vision
The mission of Sustainable Coffee Bay is to improve the lives and life-prospects of rural communities who are unable to realise their full potential, or achieve full participation within their environment.
Our vision is a motivated and cohesive rural community with learning opportunities to take control of their socio-economic development and future.
This will be achieved through promoting sustainable projects and activities within a supportive framework, where moral, cultural and environmental awareness can be encouraged and developed: instrumental in the wellbeing and bright future of Coffee Bay and its community.
NPO registration number: 090-432-NPO
Sustainable Coffee Bay’s official members are:
- David Malherbe – Director
- Dawn Brochenin – Director
- Belinda Malherbe – Managament Committee Member
- Nomonde Majongozi – Management Committee Member
- Neil Whittal – Management Committee Member
- Noncokazi (Nancy) Simoyi – Management Committee Member
Meet the team
Dave and Belinda are the owners of Coffee Shack Backpackers and the backbone of the Sustainable Coffee Bay team.
Since 2000, through employment, creating opportunities, patience and damn hard work, Dave and Bels have changed the face of the Coffee Bay community.
The only way to explain Dawn is as a one women phenomenon and if Dave and Bels are the backbone then she is most certainly the heart. Involved with Coffee Bay and the community now for 9 years, she continues to change peoples lives through her understanding, strength and compassion. Her achievements are too numerous to mention now, but watch this space, as now a fully qualified Montessori Directess her next venture is bringing Montessori education to the rural children of Coffee Bay on a big scale!
Nomonde has been living in the Coffee Bay area her whole life. She was the chef at Coffee Shack Backpackers for 5 years and then became a partner at Papazela’s Pizza in Coffee Bay. Nomonde has a basket full of skills from cooking, sewing, crocheting, knitting to braiding hair. Nomonde is a very progressive woman and a dynamic link with the local community.
Nokhaya Nancy “Inthaka” has been working at Coffee Shack Backpackers since they opened in 2000. She is the mother of 5 children and the breadwinner in her family. Her nickname “Inthaka” (bird) was affectionately given to her, as she very seldom works without singing. We are trying to assist Nokhaya to open her own laundry in Coffee Bay.
Kate, or ‘Mtane ntlanzi’ as she is fondly known, is the creative energy of Sustainable Coffee Bay. She spent time in Coffee Bay in 2002 and then went off to Swansea univeristy to study Anthropology. After getting her degree, she spent 3 years doing permaculture farming in Wales – while living in a straw bale house with no electricity! Kate is the energetic artist with farming skills who will be assisting us with farming and veggie gardens in the area, as well as beautifying our buildings.
Neil Whittal Neil has been living in Coffee Bay for the most part of the last 6 years. His main role is the surf instructor at Coffee Shack, so he spends a large amount of time in the ocean and at the beach. Neil feels strongly about protecting the environment and especially the sand dunes with Milkwoods at Coffee Bay beach.