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Spekboom Initiative Against Global Warming

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I am Charlotte Coetzee. I am a proud Grandmom of Chris-Tiaan. He is South Africa’s youngest Global Warming Ambassador and would like to raise awareness of the superpowers of the Spekboom.

Our grandson, Chris-Tiaan Nortjé, 11, has a dream to fight global warming and to make SA a healthier place to live in and if there is one person who can do it, it is most certainly him!  Chris-Tiaan is living with Autism, which he calls his superpowers, (a better description is really awesomenism). He is in our care and we are working hard to help him develop into the best version of himself. 

This little child has been through extremely heartbreaking circumstances with his mom’s illness and passing in Dec 2017 but has conquered it all and lives an amazingly full life of giving and sharing.  His positivity and bravery, despite his many challenges, have inspired me to keep on going, to try harder and to never give up. We believe in targeting, inspiring, educating and mobilizing the youth of our country, we can make a difference to save our planet.

He recently started to show interest in my succulent collection and his research into the Spekboom has triggered his enthusiasm to do something good for our planet. We have this superplant in SA yet the value of it is mostly unknown. He said: “We should do something about this immediately.” This special plant can rid our planet of CO2 emissions. We need to get South africa mobilized.

For C-T this was a challenge, as touching anything with texture has been a major challenge in the past, (one of the challenges of living with Aspergers Syndrome). Guess what, he got his hands right into the soil and just did it. It is a “gift which will keep on giving” he said.

Since Sept 2019 to December 2019 C-T has planted more than 4000 plants. 

Why is the Spekboom so special?

  • Spekboom can absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and use it to create its own plant tissue. Every 2,4m spekboom can sequestrate up to 634g of carbon dioxide per year - for up to 200 years! 
  • It has superpowers to fight climate change and eliminate air pollution.
  • It is proudly South African, indigenous and is easy to grow - it needs lots of direct sun and is water-wise, needs water only once a week. It can live for 200 years. 
  • It is high in basic nutrients and it’s edible

The biggest obstacle that we face is that we have been using our own funds. Unfortunately, the available resources are not enough to cover the expenses around this project.

We all need to act now! This should be a turning point for all of us! If we keep on ignoring the effects of Carbon Emissions on our planet, we might run out of Oxygen in just a couple of years. We have this jewel amongst us but hardly anybody knows about it.

Your support and contributions for this worthwhile cause will help Chris-Tiaan to:

  • Procure more mother Spekboom plants,
  • Pot 12 000 plants every year of his life
  • Launching a major social media campaign to raise awareness of this amazing plant and its potential effect on global warming.
  • Educate all South Africans about using this plant as gifts in stead of commercial gifts and flowers - because it keeps on giving for up to 200 yrs
  • We are planning to hand out reading and plant material at Special Events where 1000’s of people are gathered. We already got 6000 pamphlets printed. 
  • We also plan to visit 5 schools per week, 300 per year to educate scholars about the superpowers of the Spekboom and promote the planting of Spekboom at all schools

All donated funds will be administered by a trust named after our two children - Hannes (our son) and Yolande (C-T’s mom) who sadly passed away at such young ages and is therefore not focused at making any profit from any projects but to get Chris-Tiaan involved in something meaningful and make a difference. 

Visit his Facebook page for regular updates

Consider giving Spekboom plants as gifts this Christmas instead of Commercial gifts, thereby working towards reducing carbon emissions and ensuring a future for our families, loved ones, our kids and their future families.


*Funds raised will be paid directly to the registered trust fund*


  • Mar 02, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "To celebrate a birthday, I hope this makes a difference " - A Birthday Gift

  • Mar 01, 2020 - R 2 500.00
  • "Thank you so much Christiaan for taking part in the recent Jaguar One Charge film, we hope the visit to the Great Labyrinth has inspired you even further. Keep up the good work Lorin & Spark44 " - Spark44 South Africa

  • Feb 28, 2020 - R 103.00
  • "Well done on your wonderful initiative young man " - Kathrine Kewley

  • Feb 20, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "CT you are such an inspiration. Keep up the amazing spirit. This world needs more people like you and your gran. God bless the work of your hands." - Anonymous

  • Feb 10, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "Amazing initiative by a very special little boy! " - Victors Mum

  • Feb 07, 2020 - USD $ 27.00
  • "Great work C-T & Charlotte! Thank you for your hard work!!" - Steve

  • Feb 07, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Keep up the good work, champ." - Tom

  • Feb 07, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "You have my admiration and support. This world needs more people like you, thank you for gifting us with your thoughtfulness, your kindness and your absolute brilliance." - Brent

  • Feb 07, 2020 - USD $ 37.66
  • "Sounds like an awesome tree! I would buy it, but it's not native to Canada, I suggest you contact Ecosia, they are doing projects in Africa and I'm sure they would love to work with you on reforestati" - claudia

  • Feb 03, 2020 - R 50.00
  • "Keep it up, Champ! You're an inspiration! " - Marianne

  • Jan 31, 2020 - R 103.00
  • "Well done on your wonderful initiative young man " - Kathrine Kewley

  • Jan 28, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Keep it up champ! Hopefully meet one day. " -

  • Jan 24, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "

    Good luck

    " - Judith Park

  • Jan 23, 2020 - USD $ 69.41
  • "What an awesome initiative. Thanks from an ex-South African now living in New Zealand <3" - Shirley Tricker

  • Jan 20, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "

    Incredible young man, he is a real life Super Hero saving our planet

    " - Lindy

  • Jan 20, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "

    Well Done CT, I hope you are prosperous with this initiative

    " - Suvanie

  • Jan 19, 2020 - USD $ 8.00
  • "Well done young man! Keep it up and keep inspiring kids to follow in your foot steps. All the best! " - Sherie de Wet

  • Jan 19, 2020 - USD $ 13.83
  • "great initiative - update on where the plants are going please." - Jo Arnott

  • Jan 19, 2020 - USD $ 34.59
  • "Thank you for being the change we all want to see in our beautiful country and our beloved Earth," - Jen

  • Jan 18, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "Well done CT. You are an inspiration to young and old. " - Pieter Heyns

  • Jan 17, 2020 - R 375.00
  • "Well done C-T on your efforts - keep up the good work! " - Stephens family Cape Town

  • Jan 16, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "

    Well done C-T, what a perfect example to some adults

    " - Eartha Scholtz

  • Jan 15, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Well done young man! Keep up the work and keep having fun!" - Jacques

  • Jan 14, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "Well done young man! Proud achievement" - Another gran and gramps

  • Jan 14, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "

    This kid is amazing

    " - Justine

  • Jan 13, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Well done C-T! " - B

  • Jan 12, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "We behind you C-T. Continue being a champion! " - Slindokuhle Ngcobo

  • Jan 12, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Keep up the good work. I will also like to plant a few of those plants in my yard and garden." - Chucks

  • Jan 12, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck young man, you're an inspiration to us all!! " - Anon

  • Jan 11, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "Keep this going! I support you. Sorry to hear that your mom isn't able to see where you are going" - Anon

  • Jan 11, 2020 - R 70.00
  • "Thank you ??, keep up the good work. You’re an inspiration!" - Maite

  • Jan 10, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "C-T’s story is so inspiring, thank you for spreading the message. " - Anonymous

  • Dec 03, 2019 - R 103.00
  • "Well done on your wonderful initiative young man " - Kathrine Kewley

  • Oct 31, 2019 - R 103.00
  • "Well done on your wonderful initiative young man " - Kathrine Kewley

  • Oct 25, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "Well done on your wonderful initiative young man " - Kathrine Kewley

  • Oct 24, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Trots op jou! Hou aan om só spesiaal te wees. Jys uniek" - Anonymous

  • Oct 19, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Thanks for what you are doing to combat climate change" - Anonymous

  • Oct 07, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "I know you will reach your dream! You are an amazing child! " - Charlotte Coetzee

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Donations to date

R 15 380.70

Fundraising target

R 500 000.00

Chris-Tiaan Spekboom Cause

Chris-Tiaan Spekboom Cause Logo

Chris-Tiaan is South Africa’s youngest Global Warming Ambassador and would like to raise awareness of the superpowers of the Spekboom. The Spekboom can rid our planet of CO2 emissions. Chris-Tiaan, along with the help of his grandparents, would like to start an initiative in which they plant as many Spekboom plants as possible, hand them out, and encourage others to do the same.