AIM#1 : To address climate change & poverty, while simultaneously producing food & energy through

Zero -Waste Systems 

  • To achieve the energy component of sustainable crop intensification through the ecosystem approach. 
  •  To maximize synergies between crops, livestock, fish production & sources of renewable energy. 
  • To promote & protect micro climate establishment & biodiversity within the food chain processes.
  •  To educate & equip emerging farmers with the skills necessary to increase production capacity and marketability of produce. 
  • To provide agro-industrial technology such as gasification & anaerobic digestion, for the maximum utilization of all by-products and encouraging the recycling and economic utilization of residues.
  •  Providing solutions for the dire need of improved access to nutrition in disadvantaged communities.
  •  A better understanding of how localized ecosystems can abundantly provide our food & energy requirements from natural waste processes.
  •  The ongoing support & mentoring of emerging farmers, encouraging a people friendly, climate friendly, sustainable agricultural best practice.
  •  Achieving this through the implementation of zero waste systems & appropriate bio-technologies, for  intensive organic crop production. 

Through the up-scaling of waste re-use and recycling we can clean water, grow food & fodder, produce soil, plant trees and access renewable energy sources. In the absence of oxygen the process of decomposition of natural waste through Anaerobic Digesters, replicates many aspects of the cows digestive system. AD taps the embedded potential in organic waste streams producing valuable bio- fertilisers and a consistent source of renewable energy.

W.A.S.T.E, a not for profit company, founded in 2019 by Maryna Booysen, to address climate change from the ground up with an agro-ecological approach. Focusing on Youth and Education with Heritage Seed Banks, Training and Mentoring, Tree Nurseries, Biodiversity Protection, Food & Energy Production and Zero Waste Management Protocols.

  • Waste to Water - Algalculture 
  • Waste to Agriculture - Crop Production   
  • Waste to Soil - Compost Production, Vermiculture and Land Rehabilitation
  • Waste to Trees - Reforestation, Biodiversity & Micro-climate establishment
  • Waste to Energy - Biomass to Biogas

By exploring the inherent technologies embedded within biological processes one can close the loop, or make whole the cycles of interface, between the human world and the natural world, as it is precisely at this juncture of processes, that we lose energy and nutrients if we are not utilising all of our waste streams to their maximum potential. - i.c.e. 

The Crew

Thembi Ndlovu (Director)


Public Relations Practitioner (completing degree) and Events Manager with 5 years of combined experience.

Thembi is an ambitious young man who has worked in multiple industries and has always had the mindset to learn not to earn, which is what led him to start an events hosting company in Fishoek, Cape Town. He takes part in various industries, such as Film, Marketing and Maritime (NSRI crew member).

Having known and tasted poverty, he aims to reduce, if not eradicate it by being part of forming structures such as I.C.E and W.A.S.T.E that create employment and great rewards for communities where these initiatives are established.    

Thembi, exoerienced electricity for the first time when he was 7 years old, which grew into a great interest for renewable energy which inspired him to be part of this golden team and make his vision come true in a sustainable manner. 

Siphokazi Vuso


While studying for her Diploma in Journalism, Shipokaszi worked for various publications in the Eastern Cape, focusing on local news and events.

 Currently, Chief Entertainment Officer and Tour Guide for Once, Cape Town, Siphokazi is also working as a writer for Kwhela, a sustainable project that helps young woman climb out of poverty by placing them in jobs in the tourism and hospitality industry.

Using her experience in media & tourism, to raise awareness on environment and social issues, Siphokazi, would like to build eco-tourism and volunteerism into grass root projects that require assistance and business opportunity development.

Aspiring to assist through skills transfer and her experience in the media to bring about change socially and environmentally.   

Matthew Bloemetjie


Mathew, a graduated and ever learning Sangoma and Cacoa Kachina, believes we were designed to be extraordinary. He is on the path of learning how to become an extraordinary human being through applying ancient knowledge about nutrition and body-work healing.

Having a innate understanding about the inner and outer workings of the body and brain and how best to optimise their functioning. Matthew wishes to teach and share with others, his experiences of the many plants he uses in his work, and how, where our food comes from, effects the body. 

 Matthew has reached the realisation that the best way to increase our awareness of how to live a healthy lifestyle is by growing ones own food and getting directly connected to the Earth. 



Keagan Rutters


Working in the Tourism & Hospitality Industry,  Keagan is a peoples' person and a firm lover of Nature. Combining her skills to assist with customer service, communication and administration has brought her to the understanding of how our behavior impacts the very eco-systems that provide major services for these, and many other industries.

Keagan is honored to play a role in positive change, giving back to the Earth and taking a stand against further destruction on our Planet. She will be providing information & support services for our project volunteers.      


Anya Mendel


Maryna's garden has changed my life! Combining skill and sensitivity, she supported the shaping of an exquisite food and medicinal garden on the site of an old vineyard outside my psychotherapy practice. This garden has brought the land to life. It is both productive and beautiful.  It draws my child clients in with colorful edible discoveries and alluring scented pathways. Here healing takes place while engaging with the elements and learning about the land.

Children reconnect with what is real,  while opening their inner landscapes in this gentle setting. They are inspired to plant, gather seed and become part of the cycles and seasons.

Many have chosen to make their own garden bed as part of their therapy process. Their enlivening enthusiasm spreads home as they take seed to create their own gardens, teaching their parents. 

My practice has grown, as the garden has, into creative group therapy and nature connection workshops that engage directly with the landscape. It has become an abundant, thriving place of healing and beauty. With this momentum we have recently extended the garden to a new terraced area for field crops, fruit trees, herbs and flowers. She has a great mix of responsiveness to what is called for, and directive action. 

Maryna's larger vision and commitment to addressing the all-encompassing reality of climate change are what the world needs right now. Here is a woman with the skills, knowledge, experience and sensitivity to truly make a difference, beautifully!