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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...