Tembo Mentorship Programme

Mentoring Change

Founded in April 2021, as a result of the first Chacma Champions Holiday Programme. Students from ARKYS Outreach Projects who show good leadership skills, compassion towards others and an enthusiasm to learn more about the environment and how they can make a difference to help conserve our natural world, will be chosen to join the Tembo Mentorship Programme. They will assist the facilitators in our projects and we, in turn, will teach them valuable life skills, facilitate training and help them to set up their own community projects. We will work with them towards an incredible ecocentric future!

Current students who are part of the Tembo Membership Programme are Joshua Chown (Fish Hoek High School) and Mbasa Duba (Fish Hoek High School) from the Slangkop 2021 Chacma Champions Holiday Programme. Precious Kavule (Masiphumelele High School) was selected from the Guardians of the Deep Environmental Education Programme.

“Being a Tembo Mentor means that we can help to protect the environment by bringing ideas to prevent pollution, and to me it means that we are brave enough to be leaders”
~ Precious Kavule (Masiphumelele High)

Sustainable Living Workshop

Some of our Tembo Mentors attended a Sustainable Living Workshop at the Scarborough Biodynamic Centre with Kelson from Gaia Scarborough. Precious is developing her Community Project, which focuses on composting, so Kelson explained the process while showing us around the beautiful community facility. We learnt so much about their awesome initiatives; composting (kitchen waste, dog poo and toilets), ecobricking, beach cleaning, jar drop-off, book exchange, food garden, recycling depot and the Share the Shores and Dune Rehabilitation programmes. Thank you for showing the Mentors how we can all make positive differences!

A mentor is not someone who walks ahead of you to show you how they did it. A mentor walks alongside you to show you what you can do” ~ Simon Sinek

Project KNEXS

A long-term collaboration between the Tembo Mentors and the Forever Young Seniors Club of Mutheera’s Projects to share knowledge, experiences and skills.

Current Skills Development Projects:

Film-making and Interviewing through a sponsored programme at Earth Kids TV
First Aid Training
Citizen Science and the Scientific Method
Community Project Collaboration and Development
Drowning Prevention, Learn-to-Swim and Snorkel/Freedive Initiative

Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen and a push in the right direction
~ John C. Crosby

ARKYS Outreach Project Coordinator: Sally Sivewright

Current Tembo Mentors and their Community Projects

Bee Local – Joshua Chown

Better the Bokram – Mbasa Duba

Compost Solutions – Precious Kavule

“I saw that there is a landfill in our community, there are blockages because of the food we flush and the kitchen waste people throw around their houses. We live in a wetland and this waste is a big problem. We have to find a solution so I thought that doing compost can reduce this waste. This project is important because, we can reduce the size of landfills, the City of Cape Town is reducing the amount of household organic waste being collected, there is an opportunity for job creation and we will be able to live in a healthy environment. We can collaborate with a garden company for their garden waste and sell the compost and liquid fertiliser to a nursery.”


Past Tembo Mentors and their Community Projects