Juan’s World: Sustainable Consumption at Jabulani

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In this edition of Juan’s World, Environmental Manager at Jabulani Safari, Juan provides insight into the world of sustainable tourism and the latest developments from the grounds of Jabulani:

Sustainability has become a buzz word in the 21st century all around the world and has vast applications across all industries worldwide, including the tourism sector.

Jabulani’s housing for the new wormery and Aquaponic’s system


Sustainability starts with altering one’s frame of mind by removing all the dividers that govern our way of thinking.
Everything on this planet is related in some or other manner. Therefore, altering the state of one variable will have a ripple effect on all variables associated with the first.

This harsh reality is an exponential concept that quickly spirals out of control if not kept in check. It is our responsibility to work and think proactively about our precious environment.

What is sustainable consumption?

Sustainable consumption, in a nutshell, is the use of products and services that have a minimal impact on the environment, allowing for present and future generations to meet their needs.

The best way to achieve this is by doing more (and better) with less. Although simple in definition, there are infinite complexities in the implementation of these ideals.

Sustainable Consumption at Jabulani

At Jabulani, we continuously review how we can improve and implement new ideas to keep our consumption to a minimum, which would naturally start with the Jabulani kitchen.

Our goal is to continue to decrease our dependence on external fresh-produce suppliers.

The Jabulani Aquaponics System

Jabulani recently implemented a new and innovative aquaponics system, which allows us to grow fresh produce most commonly used in our Jabulani kitchen; giving us more control on the quality and source of the ingredients available to our Jabulani chefs. (We will provide more information about this new system after a few months of operation).

An Example of the new Aquaponics system currently in the first stages at Jabulani.

We source crop seeds that are not genetically modified from reputable suppliers that follow excellent environmental practices. These seeds are then carefully planted in our new worm farms for the process of germination.

The Jabulani Worm Farms (Vermiculture)

We currently use Red Wigglers (Eisenia fetida) and elephant manure from the Jabulani Herd as a growth substrate to break down any wasted fresh produce from the kitchen.

The Worm Farm is lined with wet newspaper as bedding


The nutrient-rich substrate in the worm farms provide the ideal conditions for seed germination. Once the seedlings are a few days of age, we remove them gently from the substrate, rinse them of excessive soil and transfer them the growth beds of the aquaponics system.

The red wigglers are added along with waste vegetables from our kitchen

We monitor the seedlings carefully until they are settled in and looking healthy. Once these plants come of age and start producing, we harvest the produce for use in our kitchen. Any unused produce then goes back into worm box, and the cycle starts again.

Marking the locations of seed species with small flags. Seedlings are then transferred into the grow beds.

Over time the by-products produced by the worm farm, for example, the vermicompost and vermitea (urine) can be used as organic fertiliser and organic insect repellent for the crops respectively.

Our seedlings growing steadily, the dome housing the aquaponics and worm farms

All of the above carefully planned processes brings Jabulani one step closer to achieving our goal of zero waste production, a lower carbon footprint, and a commitment to following best sustainable practices for our environment.

If projects like these were implemented on a nationwide scale, they would collectively relieve the pressure on the finite natural resources, and ultimately have a positive spin-off for food security in South Africa.

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