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The Ga Kgatla Soil and Water Conservation Project

The Ga Kgatla Soil and Water Conservation Project

On 12 January 2015, the Ga Kgatla Soil and Water Conservation project commenced, with James Nkgoeng acting as the Community Officer. The project was monitored from the Presidency Office, although it was managed by the Limpopo Department of Agriculture (LDA). The aim of this project was to protect the local community and their property against excessive storm water which had been flowing in from a nearby mountain. The secondary aim was to prevent soil erosion, whilst conserving rain water by trapping and storing it by means of a contour dam for the purpose of animal consumption. Soil erosion would be achieved through the reduction of overgrazing by local livestock. In order to achieve these project aims, the Limpopo Department of Agriculture embarked on a programme in which they sought to educate villagers about the importance of complying with agricultural requirements which relate to animal ownership, as well as availability and capacity of the local grazing area. When it came to constructing the storm water canal, there were certain trees which needed to be kept in mind. Ga Kgatla village is home to various species of trees and amongst them, are those which enjoy government protection, such as the Marula and Shepard trees.  Therefore, in constructing this storm water canal, The Mvula Trust ensured that the design of the canal was revised in order to ensure that very little impact would be placed on these trees. The canal’s width was changed from 10m to 24.4m and the depth was also made to be shallower in order to create the gentle side slopes of the canal. This gentle slope allowed the...
KSD Presidential Intervention Programme

KSD Presidential Intervention Programme

The Mvula Trust was recently involved with the KSD Presidential Intervention programme, which is an initiative of the Department of Water Affairs, together with the OR Tambo DM with an aim of providing water to villages within a radius of 30 KMs from Mthatha town. The programme entails the installation of bulk pipelines, as well as construction of reservoirs in selected villages. The majority of affected villages fall under the KSD LM, hence the programme is named the ‘KSD Presidential Intervention programme’. The Mvula Trust has been appointed for Institutional and Social Development facilitation covering pre-construction and construction phases in selected packages and corridors within the programme. Social facilitation is important as it ensures community involvement and active participation during project implementation. Before the start of any project, communities that are affected by the project need to be consulted. This ensures stakeholder engagement which consists of a series of interactions that are well planned and executed to systematically draw all affected stakeholders into working together. The role of the social facilitator is to ensure effective co-operation by facilitating co-ordination between all role-players, thereby helping to create an environment conducive for smooth running and implementation throughout the project. The Mvula Trust’s approach has always been based on involving communities, meaning it has always been a community-based approach which encourages participation, making sure that community members are able to not only influence activities that will affect them, but also build their capacity and contribute to their empowerment so as to ensure sustainability of the project, assist them in guarding against vandalism and theft and also to encourage responsibility and ownership. This...
UMgungundlovu Residents Benefit From The Sanitation Delivery Project

UMgungundlovu Residents Benefit From The Sanitation Delivery Project

The Mvula Trust spearheaded a sanitation delivery programme in the uMgungundlovu District Municipality aimed at eradicating sanitation backlog in many villages located in that area. The project created many job opportunities and empowerment programmes, which are as a result of the Community Based Organisational Approach Model the Trust has developed and successfully implemented for the past 20 years. As part of its commitment to ensure that community members benefited in the sanitation projects, The Mvula Trust opted for block toilets with a view to create job opportunities that will last for a longer period. These types of toilets take time to build as compared to the prefabricated ones, resulting in sustainable jobs for local communities. As a result, residents in the local communities got opportunities to be, among others, builders, quality assessors, bookkeepers and suppliers of different resources to the project. With high levels of unemployment and backlog in skills training programmes, particularly in the rural communities, sanitation delivery projects like these ones should be used as a trajectory for local economic empowerment. The impact of these programmes did not go unnoticed by the beneficiaries. “Our community is very happy with this project because there were people who were not employed so now they are working. There are some suppliers who are doing well in their business with the help of this project,” said Bongekile Mkhize from Ngilanyoni area. Youth that have passed Grade 12 were, among other activities, employed as data collectors and distributors of questionnaires for a health and hygiene survey conducted in the area. “There is no precedent of what The Mvula Trust has done in our community. All we...