Providing work and water

Providing work and waterDespite the recent flooding in the north of the country, South Africa is a water-scarce country. Not only do we generally have low rainfall figures, a significant amount of water is lost to alien vegetation. The Working for Water programme was started by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry in 1996 - both as a poverty-relief programme and as a means of clearing the alien vegetation that threatens our water supply.

Despite the recent flooding in the north of the country, South Africa is a water-scarce country. Not only do we generally have low rainfall figures, a significant amount of water is lost to alien vegetation. The Working for Water programme was started by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry in 1996 – both as a poverty-relief programme and as a means of clearing the alien vegetation that threatens our water supply.

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The Tsitsikamma Working for Water team live for 10 days at a time in the Soetkraal camp high in the Langkloof mountains. Their efforts to clear the forests of black wattle that invade the mountainside have helped keep the rivers running that feed Plettenberg Bay and Nature’s Valley. It is one of the Department’s success stories and over the past five years it has employed more than 40 000 people at different sites around the country.

Sue Valentine visited the Tsitsikamma Working for Water programme in March and compiled a series of four reports on various aspects of the programme. In part 1, she introduces us to the work of the project.

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In programme 2 we meet some of the people who do the work’€¦

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Michael Alla and Dennis Japhta of the Tsitsikamma Working for Water programme up in the Langkloof mountains.  

A unique aspect of the Tsitsikamma Working for Water project is its partnership with the Planned Parenthood Association of South Africa. In programme 3, you can meet one of the community health workers and find out what impact the AIDS awareness programme is having among the working for water employees.

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Despite its successes in poverty relief and clearing alien vegetation, the working for water programme has its shortcomings. In programme 4 we hear about some of the things that people at the Tsitsikamma project would like to see happen.

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