I just returned from a trip to the Wakkerstroom area with Nedbank and WWF to look at their Water Balance Programme – a project aimed at protecting the water catchment areas.
It is a beautiful area and bird watcher (and photographer) paradise.
The project involves different stakeholders, including commercial farmers and communities with successful land claims, and they participate in several ways to ensure the projects are effective and sustainable.
We visited the Bambanani community, who lives between Wakkerstoom and Amersfoort. They, like so many other communities in these rural areas, are depended on natural water sources, like rivers and boreholes, for their water.
The WWF focus on conservation, but also address social problems to ensure the sustainability of projects. To this end, Nedbank donated Hippo-rollers to the community to make it easier to collect water. It’s a simple solution to a daily problem that has far reaching effects. After the rollers were introduced, school attendance increased.
The next day Johan Klingerberg, who owns Paardeplaas, showed us around his farm. He’s clearing vast areas of alien plants. His farm is spectacular and you can see he really loves his land.