College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences

Mothong African Heritage Trust project in Mamelodi

UNISA as part of the Department of Science and technology (DST) National Indigenous Office (NIKSO) consortium has been tasked with the Agricultural Research Council with development of the site for cultivation of medicinally important species. The first to be established at the site is a species with cosmecutical application which will enter the commercial market soon. The farmers and community will be cultivating the material to be supplied for manufacturing. To ensure an income and to utilise the facilities optimally other crops such as vegetables and fruits will also be introduced. The farmers and community will also be involved in data collection and participation of the research trials which will be conducted at the site. A staff member of the Department of Agriculture and Animal Health will conduct some of the research trials which form part of her PhD studies. The site will therefore not only be developed as a commercial farm, but also as a research centre where different stakeholders are involved.

A number of stakeholders are involved in the project, supporting the project in different ways. Some of these are the Department of Health, City of Tshwane municipality, Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre in Mamelodi, Department of Environmental Affairs, Agricultural Research Council, University of Pretoria, Department of Science and Technology and UNISA African Renaissance Centre.


  • Develop the site for large scale production of medicinal species
  • Introduce other short term crops such as indigenous vegetables
  • Assist with the development of the school programme
  • Assist with a management plan for the project