Spekboom Project

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According to The Spekboom Foundation, the spekboom’s “capacity to offset harmful carbon emissions is compared to that of moist, subtropical forests. This remarkable plant is unique in that it stores solar energy to perform photosynthesis at night. This makes a spekboom thicket 10 times more effective per hectare at carbon fixing than any tropical rainforest.”


Spekboom is an indigenous evergreen succulent plant which has shown amazing benefits to the environment. The plant helps remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by acting like a carbon sponge, improving the quality of air we breathe. More specifically, spekboom can absorb between four and ten tonnes of carbon per hectare.  This incredible tree uses carbon to make plant tissue and produce oxygen.


One of our aims is to plant the spekboom along the N1 from Cape Town (South Africa) to Beitbridge Border (Zimbabwe).

Why the Spekboom?

Spekboom, also known as Portulacaria afra, is a versatile, resilient succulent that is native to South Africa. It is commonly known as the miracle plant because of its numerous benefits. Here are some key benefits of spekboom:

Climate Change Mitigation

Spekboom is a very effective carbon sink with the ability to store up to four times more carbon than a typical forest.

Water Conservation

Spekboom is a drought-tolerant plant that can survive long periods of water scarcity.

It has the ability to purify groundwater, reduce soil erosion, and absorb more water than most plants

Low Maintenance

Spekboom is easy to propagate and requires very little maintenance.

It can be grown in a wide range of soils and climates and has a high survival rate.

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Wildlife Habitat

Spekboom provides a habitat for a variety of wildlife including insects, birds, and small mammals, making it an important component of biodiversity and ecosystem health.

Adding spekboom to your landscape can attract various species of indigenous insects and birds, providing a natural source of food and shelter to your backyard. This can play a crucial role in supporting the local wildlife and promoting a balanced ecosystem.

Additionally, spekboom is drought-tolerant and can grow in a variety of soils, making it a versatile plant that can be used in different types of landscapes. By incorporating spekboom into your surroundings, you can contribute to a healthier and more sustainable environment.

Who are we?

Time2Thrive is a non-profit organization that has been divinely guided form its inception.  Our aim is to bring awareness to our country and as humans being to be innately good.

How can you help?

Our action plan includes fighting climate change, air pollution and giving hope to every South African citizen.  Join our vision of changing the community and taking a positive step forward.

Our Mission

Our organization is dedicated to promoting sustainable living practices that help to reduce carbon emissions, protect natural resources, and build resilient communities. 

Our Vision

Be the beacon of hope in our communities.

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