Bellville Women and Youth Centre, Bellville South Civic Centre, Kasselsvlei Rd, Bellville South, Cape Town, 7530 joy@wowmovement.org.za 073 556 1025

Programme Manager of Eco-Hub

Coming from Sandveldt, close to Citrusdal, Kotie September learned to appreciate medicinal plants and generational farming techniques. Out of the hardships of food insecurity she rose to make her life and her family’s life sustainable. In 2011, in a very tumultuous time of her life, Kotie walked into the Centre to ‘check us out’ as she says. She attempted every workshop that we had over a period of three years until she found her niche. Kotie soon built up courage and became a pillar at the Centre by assisting others and developing her own skills. We soon realised that Kotie had a way of understanding our participants lived experiences because she had a similar background to most of the women. Kotie has been volunteering at the Centre for the last three years. Currently, she has taken up the lead role in the Economic Hub. Kotie’s biggest project and passion is to create an indigenous medicinal and urban food garden at the Centre for the Bellville South community. Her hope is to see multiple established home gardeners and gardens in and around her community.