Genius of SPACE – Langrug

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  • RAISED R52500
  • NEEDED R947500
  • GOAL R1000000
  • FUNDED 5%
Few Words About This Cause

The Genius of SPACE Project is building innovative water and waste treatment solutions in Langrug – an informal settlement in the Western Cape, South Africa. The project uses Biomimicry principles to clean up the grey water, storm water, and solid waste challenges that the community face. These low tech, easily maintained solutions will help to address the key challenges faced by this community such as health and well being.

Block S & T with some 100 homes is the pilot site for phase one of this project. There are 27 disposal points & 15 tree gardens. With your contribution, we can build these water and waste solutions for the whole of Langrug.


This initiative developed from, and forms part of the Western Cape 110% Green Initiative. The Biomimicry Genius of Space project is a registered flagship project of 110% Green. This initiative combines two priorities of the Western Cape Government – the Berg River and the Green Economy – to find an innovative solution to water pollution in the Berg River. BiomimicrySA is working together with John Todd Ecological Designs to design and implement the innovative solution to the wastewater challenge. John Todd Ecological Design, has constructed dozens of Eco-Machine wastewater treatment systems based on Dr. John Todd’s visionary ecological philosophy and award-winning practical designs in eleven countries on five continents around the world. The team working on this challenge also includes In/formal South, Isidima, Maluti Water, WaterLove Projects, Greenhouse Systems Development and CORC.


Water has been identified as one of the major risks facing the Western Cape and is also being prioritised in the Green Economy Strategic Framework. An innovative project was conceptualised in 2012 in conjunction with biomimicrySA and the 110% Green Project to address the issue of water pollution in the Western Cape.

THE PROBLEMS faced by communities living in informal settlements:
  • Safety Issues
  • Dirty Water
  • Health Challenges (due to festering wastewater)
  • Difficult Waste Disposal
THE SOLUTIONS include new water and waste systems to improve health and lives while making the community beautiful and safe:
  • Dirty water disposal point
  • Underground waste water pipe
  • Tree/Food Garden

The Genius of SPACE project was initiated by the Western Cape Government and is a collaboration of the following people/organisations: