The Southern Africa Development, Research and Training Institute was created in 1999 to explore new ways of dealing with the social and economic imbalances of this region.
The Institute offers an array of in-house expertise and an extensive network of experienced development practitioners, to assist developing communities, The organisation is composed of over 25 development practitioners located throughout the Southern Africa region and forms part of an extensive network of institutions and associates located around the world.
We regard every individual as unique and our challenge is to unleash the full potential of each community. Through a process of open consultation, real needs and sustainable solutions are identified.
The Southern Africa Development, Research and Training Institute, known as The SADRAT INSTITUTE, a non-profit, non-governmental developmental organisation registered with the South African National Department of Social Development (Registration No. 009-837 NPO) and the Department of Trade and Industry as Non Profit Company incorporated under the new Companies Act. No 71 (Registration No. 99 20687/08)
The SADRAT Institute developed out of a grassroots need to have a support institution whose mission is to provide an institutional framework to development practitioners so that, like skillful physicians, they can apply their experience in a relevant and meaningful way. Each practitioner retains their independent status while maintaining their membership in the Institute.
In September 1999, the Institute was registered as a section 21, non-profit, non-governmental organisation.
The official office of the Institute was established in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
The Baobab Tree has been used as a logo for the Sadrat Institute because of it symbolic value.
Baobab trees are some sometimes referred to as Africa’s weirdest tree. They are very good for providing shelter from the sun and rain.
The trunk of the tree is hollow in parts and so it makes a good well for storing water during the dry season. People and animals can use it too. Across the Kalahari runs a line of Baobabs about 96 kilometres apart.
These living reservoirs have saved many lives. Life would be insupportable in some parts of Africa without the Baobab. In the Sudanese waste lands, there are 30 000 of these trees from which people have drawn water for centuries. One Baobab may hold as many as 4,5 thousand litres of water.
Some people think the branches of the Baobab look more like roots than branches, because of the way they spread out and their many branches.
The young leaves which appear during the rainy season are for eating. They taste a bite like spinach. They can be made into soup or dried for use as a condiment.
The trees grow long, hard fruits that look a bit like bread. They have a soft, velvety skin. Inside the fruit there are seeds pads that contain a white edible pulp, which is full of vitamin C. The pulp can be mixed with water and made into a healthy, refreshing drink. Local inhabitants eat the pulp for porridge.
Farmers mix this pulp with water to treat malaria. Monkeys, birds and other wild animals also enjoy eating the fruit. Seeds can also be roasted and eaten like groundnuts and when pounded they can be made into a sort of peanut butter.
The fibre that comes from the inner bark of a Baobab is very strong and flexible. It can be pounded and soaked and made into rope or fishing nets. It can be used for weaving baskets, mats and even clothes.
Their flowers are very large and sweet – smelling. They are like white stars against the evening sky.
Baobabs are softwood trees. This means that they are not very good for firewood, because they burn too easily and quickly.
Some people think that spirits live in Baobab trees. Whoever cuts down a Baobab is supposed to be haunted by its spirits.