Invasive Alien Plants Removal Projects
Alien plants are known to be a threat to water security as they consume hundreds of litres of water per day. Rand Water has entered into partnerships with various government departments to implement a number of alien plants removal projects.
The project goal is to bring invasive species such as blue gums, poplar and wattle under control in such way that it contributes to the conservation of the natural resources. The general objectives of these projects are to:
· Enhance water security by regaining control over alien plants,
· Improve ecological integrity of the natural systems,
· Maximize social benefits,
· Promote appropriate use of land that is cleared, and
· Assist the Government’s drive to eliminate poverty.
Currently Community Based Project Department is implementing three projects in Mogale City, Elandsfontein, and Kestell in Free State in partnership with Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Environment In the past the Department has partnered with Working for Water, and Department of Environmental Affairs to implement various alien plants clearing projects in the Free State Province.
Water Sector programme management support
As part of the public public partnership initiative Rand Water is currently partnering with the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs to jointly implement various water sector programs in line with DWEA's strategic objectives. Skills and expertise drawn from these public entities are complimenting each other and have gone a long way in ensuring that a series of DWEA's strategic objectives and water sector programs are fulfilled. The projects implemented on behalf of DWEA include:
· Monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the water sector performance in key functional areas namely, Forestry, Water Resources, and Water Services.
· Provision of programme management support to water resources management system, water services policy and regulation, HIV/Aids mainstreaming and regional bulk infrastructure.