Noticing that access to clean water is an absolute necessity in these rural communities, the Natural Resources Management (NRM) Program of the Department of Environmental Affairs identified that the restoration of these catchments will ensure improvement in the livelihoods of the local people. The project is intended at integrating the replenishment of natural capital stocks (include, but not limited to topsoil, vegetation, and freshwater fauna) in catchments T34A and T34B.
The following activities are undertaken:
- Limiting the spread or growth of head-cuts in dongas
- Construction of silt traps and gabions inside the donga channel
- Landscaping donga’s steep slopes
- Re-vegetation of exposed surfaces and dongas
Vegetation plays an important role in reducing the risk of soil erosion while promoting water infiltration and sediment deposition in wetlands.