The well-known architect and designer Buckminster Fuller once said: “You never change the existing reality by fighting it. Instead, create a new model that makes the old one obsolete.” Fuller may well have been talking about the Oude Molen Eco Village, which has evolved from an abandoned and vandalised hospital complex into a holistic, environmentally-friendly village of micro-businesses, non-profit organisations and social enterprise services.

It is a vibrant and diverse village community that provides jobs, food security and youth development to the local, neighbouring and outlying communities in the region.

Come and visit this colourful community situated in the Black River area with a panoramic view of Devil’s Peak and the majestic mountain beyond. Here you will find numerous metal, wood and craft enterprises, social projects, food gardens, a public swimming pool and recreation facilities, a frail care center, a farm stall café, a horse-riding school, backpacker’s accommodation and artists, musicians and film industry services.

Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

14 hectares

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans

People on site

20 - 50

Dry season

Wet season

Living Conditions.


  • shared rooms


  • None: Off the grid

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