Spekkies Enterprise Development


Vanwyksdorp, Mosselbay


2016 – 2017

Project Objective

This initiative was created to supplement the Jobs for Carbon restoration project, through the wholesale selling of spekboom plants.

The value-added product, “#spekkies”, were spekboom cuttings presented in a biodegradable pot (compot). The cuttings were sustainably sourced: being the offcuts from the Jobs for Carbon in-field rehabilitation efforts.

Whilst supporting entrepreneurship within the organisation, and specifically within the J4C project, the #spekkies initiative also had a strong focus on promoting climate change awareness. This was done through the sale of the potted spekboom plants, which often accompanied presentations and promotional events for the project and company.

The #spekkies enterprise is now a private enterprise – for more details visit the #spekkies website and Facebook pages below.

Activities undertaken and deliverables:

  • Micro-MBA course completed by three beneficiaries (business modelling, pricing, costing, marketing)
  • Practical training course (5 days) in compot manufacture by two beneficiaries
  • Development of business plan and social media outreach (website, Facebook page, Instagram)
  • Manufacture, marketing and sale of #spekkies (>3,000 plants sold since the project’s inception)