Frequently Asked Questions

What does the name Rucore mean / stand for?

The name Rucore stands for Rural Education Development Corporation, given our focus on rural areas and development work through education.

How does Rucore earn money?

Rucore, as a non-profit organization, is engaged in partnerships with funders / investors in its various projects. A portion of funds are generated through consulting fees for sustainable development work. Rucore’s business model provides partner organisations with tax incentives and B-BBEE scorecard points.

What is a sustainable community?

A sustainable community is one that is economically, environmentally, and socially healthy and resilient. It meets challenges through integrated solutions rather than through fragmented approaches that meet one of those goals at the expense of the others. And it takes a long-term perspective—one that’s focused on both the present and future, well beyond the next budget or election cycle. As a result, a sustainable community manages its human, natural, and financial resources to meet current needs while ensuring that adequate resources are equitably available for future generations.

It seeks:

  • A better quality of life for the whole community without compromising the well-being of other communities.
  • Healthy ecosystems.
  • Effective governance supported by meaningful and broad-based citizen participation.
  • Economic security.

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Why are sustainable communities important?

Our belief is that one of the essential requirements for humanity to move toward a more sustainable future is to rethink how people live together. Community patterns of living have been the norm for most of human history, and can provide the framework for more conscious, sustainable living.

How long does it take to get a sustainable community working?

Sustainable development, by its nature, requires long-term perspective. We take a 20-year plus view on getting sustainable communities working effectively.

What are the major challenges to get a sustainable community working?

There are three main challenges:

  1. Respecting and realising the potential that comes from differences amongst community members, as opposed to the conflict that differences can create. Each person, no matter how different and which worldview they have (whether tribal or entrepreneurial or egalitarian, for example), has something to contribute and needs to be integrated into the community.
  2. Finding a cross-section of people who have the vision and willingness to invest their time, energy and funds into sustainable communities.
  3. Access to information, expertise and resources.

How can I get involved?

You can invest / donate, volunteer or do a learnership (volunteer/learn), become a partner or simply become a friend.

Why should I get involved? What are the benefits?

  • Be part of something that is innovating new ways of sustainable living, leaving a legacy for future generations.
  • Learn and grow in the process.
  • Be inspired by and get in touch with on-the-ground projects producing tangible results.
  • Earn B-BBEE scorecard points for socio-economic development, ownership and / or enterprise development if you are a corporation operating in South Africa.
  • Have a say in where your tax rands go and support the development of farming and gardening communities in South Africa.

How can I invest?

  1. Make a donation, online (get involved) or via EFT (get involved) to get a social return.
  2. As a corporate, allocate funds from the following areas and secure B-BBEE scorecard points (Investor-Donor Options):
    a. Ownership: Offer equity in your business to broad based communities as minority shareholders
    b. Socio-economic development funds
    c. Enterprise development funds
  3. Buy a piece of land held by a sustainable community – as a residential, holiday or philanthropic investment.

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What results have you had?

We are proud of the following results that have followed from our sustainable approaches in communities:

  1. Natural Building using locally available materials at Tlholego Ecovillage
  2. Integrated, cross-cultural living at Tlholego Ecovillage
  3. Permaculture-based food gardens at Thandanani
  4. Composting toilets as a better form of sanitation at Cata Village (
  5. Training of over 3000 people in past 20 years in natural building, permaculture design and ecovillage developments.

What results do you expect to achieve over the long term?

  1. More people having access to the skills needed for climate adaption.
  2. To see some of our African villages become global leaders in sustainable community development.
  3. To see the emergence of an economic system that derives equalivant value from the non-material qualitative relationships as from material acquisitions.