In 2013, the eThekwini Municipality was awarded first-runner up in the Department of Environmental Affairs Greenest Municipality Competition. As part of their reward, they received assistance with a Working on Waste project, and ACT was appointed as the project implementer. The project focused on two communities in the Umlazi region and incorporated many elements, including alien weed control, waste management and the cleaning of a large stretch of river. Community teams also rehabilitated an illegal sand mining area with a large permaculture vegetable garden. ACT erected an onsite nursery and the garden will become a community market garden, cared for by 27 local community residents. These farmers all received mentorship and 10 days non-accredited training in agro-ecological techniques.
Project funded by the Department of Environmental Affairs, via the eThekwini Municipality (Durban Solid Waste).