South Africa - Integrated Water Harvesting Project in the Mpumalanga Province

Project Summary

Approval Date 10 Nov 2011
Signature Date 26 Mar 2012
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2012
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2013
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Water Supply & Sanitation
DAC Sector Code 14010
Commitment U.A 88,032.82
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Integrated Water Harvesting Project (IWHP) was formulated by Ecolink, a local Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), in response to a direct request for help from local community groups in the target communities, to address the need for local water resources development and management for food production and poverty reduction. The project will address the vulnerability of beneficiary communities to the high variability of atmospheric and soil moisture, critical to their horticulture based livelihoods, through establishing the means and capacity for collecting and storing water for vegetable gardening during the wet season for use in the five dry months of the year. More importantly, based on its design, the project will foster social capital and empower the women’s and youths’ groups who are the primary target beneficiaries, as well as the larger community, to better address issues affecting local livelihoods, in particular in relation to water scarcity, climate change and food production. The components include training and capacity building involving individuals, groups and institutions; implementation of locally adapted technical infrastructure interventions for enhancing water security for small-scale productive activities, as well as a significant element of strategic learning and knowledge generation. The project shall be implemented over a period of 30 months.

Project Objectives

The project’s objective is to assist these communities in the Ehlanzeni District of Mpumalanga Province of South Africa to improve output from their communal food gardens through collection and management of surface run-off from precipitation and better management of soil moisture.


The direct beneficiaries of the IWHP include: 100 members of the six community based small-scale productive enterprises and their 483 direct dependants; the population of the four target communities, which amounts to a total of 11,000; as well as local authorities and institutions, including the Inkomati Catchment Management Agency and the regional office of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF). Additional beneficiaries and stakeholders include research and education institutions, post-graduate students, governmental agencies and NGOs, as well as donor organizations.

Participating Organization

AfricaWater Facility Fund


IATI identifier 46002-P-ZA-EAZ-002
Last Update 27 Sep 2020


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Geographic Location

Country South Africa