1. Environmental Rehabilitation
KZN Donga Rehabilitation
The project is implemented in the three villages of Amangwane area located within a radius of 30 kilometers from Bergville, in Ukhahlamba Local Municipality situated in UThukela District Municipality. Rand Water is assisting the Department of Environment Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) with the implementation and management of the project.
This project is aimed at preserving sensitive catchment areas through reclamation and rehabilitation of Dongas in the Tugela and Mnweni catchments. The project activities include mapping, plotting and recording of dongas, construction of gabions and planting of grass species. The project constructed a total of 54 gabions structures including the planting of 400 square meters of Vetiva grass.
Employment opportunities of 152 local people were created of which 65% were women. These workers were also exposed to various skills training sessions including gabion construction as well as life skills that they can use even after this project. Environmental workshops were conducted to make people aware of the importance of the environment. The direct benefit also includes conservation of valuable resources, water quality, and community awareness to the importance of environmental protection
2. Water Conservation Improving Access to Water and Sanitation
BBR Kumani Water Supply
The project involved the upgrading and extension of the water reticulation network in Kumani Village, situated within Bushbuckridge Municipality. Locally based PDI contractor was appointed to implement the project. This project resulted in communities receiving reliable water supply through construction of 7.2 meters long pipelines and the installation of 16 standpipes.
4. Winterveldt Community Sanitation Project
In partnership with the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality we are involved in a community sanitation project in Ten Morgan, the most rural part of Winterveldt. The key objectives of the sanitation project are to:
· Achieve health improvement by changing current poor
· hygiene behavioural practices,
· Improve sanitation facilities by constructing Urine Diversion System (UDS) and ventilated improved pit latrine (VIP) toilets.
The ongoing project includes skills training in terms of which facilities can be maintained and improved. In addition, six local building contractors were appointed and approximately 94% of the materials and other services were sourced from the area. Since the inception of this project more than 6 000 families have been supplied with improved sanitation facilities and 30 000 people were exposed to the health and hygiene awareness creation program
3. Winterveldt Pipe Refurbishment Project
This project was implemented in Winterveldt, located approximately 40 kilometers North West of Pretoria within the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality. The project involved excavation, laying and installation of two sections of bulk potable water steel pipeline
The community of Winterveldt – which numbers over 100 000 people – have benefited in that the previously inconsistent supply of potable water is now reliable. Due to the nature of the project machinery was used to excavate, and to lay the pipes and a result only ten job opportunities were created of which four people were women. More than 60% of the project funds remained in the communities through the utilisation of local PDI suppliers and service providers.