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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...