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Introduction to AWARD; Non profit. Mainly work with issues of water and water resource management, natural resource management and livelihoods. Partnership with Mahlathini for community based work. All part of the same team.

2014-RESILIM-O (Resilience in the Limpopo Basin). Looking at livelihoods under the present challenges including climate change. To help people become more resilient. – A way to become strong even when things are difficult and changing.

Help farmers get stronger in their farming practices into the future; manage soil and water better and practice agro-ecology. We have worked  before in BBR and Venda and MDF in KZN and EC. Also John Nzira is working with 200farmers in Sekukune – mainly easier to plan millet and sorghum there…

Introduced a map of RESLIM B and RESILIM O. Erna will help you do maps of your household maps

Where does the Olifants River start? – in Witbank – lots of pollution and mining (5th largest global coal producer – 90% of that from Witbank – around 680 mines in the Lepelle catchment -many illegal. A lot of irrigation around Groblersdal area – big commercial farms.  Urban areas- sewage works – about 120 waste water treatment works and around 80 are giving us problems in the river. There are a lot of people suffering from water insecurity and have very little access. Other natural issues- death of crocodiles, around 2010 (Kruger, Mozambique..). Fish started developing problems- due to bad water quality due to the floods.

Then flows through Sekhukhune, comes to the mountains here at Blyde and flows into the Lowveld into Kruger National Park and then on to Mozambique. – caused some floods there recently and before – last time was 2010.But now there is drought (last two years) and now the whole environment is denuded.. Lepelle River”.

How do we build people’s resilience to deal with these extreme events?

Workshop Agenda


  • Defining a vision for homestead plots
  • Concepts around principles
  •  Introduction to 5 fingers


  • Plenary report backs and
  • Practices

MDF AGRISI: Process so far. Land use practices – past, present future in a changing environment. Looking at good practice locally, leaning more about soil and water and introducing some new ideas/innovations e.g. Conservation Agriculture, tunnels, greywater management, diversion ditches, trench beds and so on.

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