Founded by Anthea Rossouw from humble beginnings, Dreamcatcher South Africa has grown in stature as a social innovator and sustainable developer of global standing. Accolades, awards and calls for involvement on public platforms to share “the Dreamcatcher Way”, and visitors from around the world enquiring to visit the remarkable “Wasteland – Graced Land” project, have caught founder Anthea and the communities by surprise. They had been trying for years to get their message of sustainable development for self sufficiency across and are humbled by the attention! Find out more about how Dreamcatcher addresses the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the COP26

Making a “U”turn to break the traditional mould of orthodox Monistic economic development models, particularly the growth sector industries such as tourism and its peripheral industries, founder Anthea, with a band of women in township communities pioneered and innovated programmes following a Pluralistic approach across South Africa. Dreamcatcher has spent years in communities reimagining socio-economic development models to achieve sustainable outcomes using tourism and environmental regeneration as the economic driving force. Affirming diversity and inclusivity and addressing social bias and systemic racism, ‘The Dreamcatcher’, so called by the dying patriarch of the first township community Anthea reached out to, has been working in township communities in South Africa for 3 decades. Taking her pioneering approach to social and environmental challenges, founder Anthea has furthermore worked with thousands of residents in multiple occupancy housing on waste -health and environmental management and community cohesion projects.across the South -and South West of England.

Remarks Anthea: “To sustainably address the global challenges of poverty, inequality, stunted economic growth and threats to our environment affecting everyone, we work with the people at grass roots, where the issues are. Going truly local, but working in close collaboration in global partnerships on a multi-level basis to turn aspiration to outcomes based delivery and impactful outcomes. Additionally our aim at the outset of any project we take on, is to ensure that the programme outcome is sustainable and thus ‘puts an end to aid without end’. Whether it is a poverty relief project or one of working on a waste management, environmental management or tourism development project: it must work where people live”.

Rossouw further notes that the results, recognition and accolades are due to a team effort facilitated on the ground in communities, whilst simultaneously drawing on expertise and partnerships globally and the support of growing numbers of visitors to South Africa, to turn turn what may seem the impassable to the possible, purposefully.

Says Anthea in closing: “If local people and communities are not empowered to be more and do more independently when a project ends, it is unsustainable. Ours is a results driven approach where return on human, environmental impact -and local economic growth must outpace the investment. This is “ The Dreamcatcher way”. It is what gets up out of bed every morning”.

Some of our awards & accolades:

  • AI UK – Business Excellence Winner 2018 – Best Community Project
  • World CSR Organisation – One of Worlds Top Social Innovators – India
  • Gatwick Diamond Award – Green Champion UK
  • TIAW World of Difference 100 Award – The International Alliance of Women
  • SAWW – Community Development Award – Etobicoke Canada
  • Best Marketing Organisation Indaba Fair trade South Africa
  • Best Tourism Services Organisation Western Cape, South Africa

and many more…

Guest Lectures, tutorials and key note speaking

The reality of dramatic socio-economic changes are currently unfolding across continents. What worked in the past is challenged or is affected by these challenges in virtually every country, business and community world wide. Answers and solutions which work to meet the challenges of the future, are sought in literally every walk of life. This reality is compelling institutions of learning, decision makers and strategic thinkers in business and society to take a fresh look at new, innovative ways that work as well as the people behind them. Developing the skills to lead, providing creative, alternative solutions to change and to set new trends in a fast changing world, is a path well-trodden by the founder of ARA and shared at invited guest lectures, tutorials and key note addresses.

A gifted, motivational speaker, Anthea has the ability to speak and confidently share an outcomes based, solution focused approach to change, with the ease of first hand experience both at corporate and community level. Anthea has spent most of her working life changing the status quo in politically hostile, partisan and fiercely protected business and social environments. Instead of inhibiting her, it honed her ability to survive and bring change in situations considered un-changeable and inspire people considered unreachable.

Managing to enthuse her audience and take them on a journey through her life’s work, sharing the realities faced and creative solutions found, she brings a fun, down to earth, thought provoking and enlightening message of hope, resilience and forward thinking. Pioneering new ways to inform change of direction, where orthodox and the given just is not working, and a trend setter, Anthea and the many she has mentored, put challenges to work to drive and fuel innovation.

For more information on Key noted addresses, guest tutorials and trend setting think tanks, contact Anthea Rossouw.