Ndumo Intervention Programme

The Ndumo Intervention Programme aims to assist the Bhekabantu and Mbangweni communities living on the eastern border of the Ndumo Game Reserve, a South African component of the Lubombo Transfrontier Conservation and Resource area.

Food security and income for 360 households, comprising approximately 2 800 people

Following the approval of a Mbangweni and Bhekabantu agricultural livelihood project by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development, the local conservation agency Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife in partnership with Peace Parks Foundation were tasked with undertaking social facilitation and community consultation on behalf of the project.

As a first step towards restoring the conservation integrity of Ndumo Game Reserve, consultations were held with community leaders who welcomed the collaboration between government and civil society organisations to find meaningful and long-term alternative income opportunities for the communities residing adjacent to the reserve.

A five-year project implementation plan that focuses food security, crop production, water supply/irrigation, water points for livestock, aquaculture and micro-enterprise development was drafted and approved by the relevant authorities.

Ndumo Game Reserve is a small game reserve located in the far northeast district known as Maputaland, in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. It is situated on the border with Mozambique where the Pongola River joins the Great Usutu River and is adjacent to the Tembe Elephant Park. Ndumo is relatively remote, being over 100 km from the closest town, and 400 km from the nearest city, Durban.

Transfrontier Conservation Area

Transfrontier Conservation Area

National Park

National Park

Country Borders

Country Borders

Ndumo Intervention Programme

Ndumo Intervention Programme

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Our work

Conservation Agriculture

The business plan for the introduction of commercial crop tunnels and the production of cash crops was completed in 2014, and crop fields were cleared and fenced for the planting of groundnuts.  Boreholes were sunk, water tanks erected and water points created for domestic cattle. Water to irrigate crops will be extracted from the Pongola River by way of a pump system.

Livestock

The dip tanks are now fully operational and are regularly inspected by livestock management officers from the KZN Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs. These officers work closely with the local community and advise them on the use of the dip tanks and the detection of livestock diseases.

Commercialisation

Fifteen trainees from the beneficiary community underwent an introductory 30-day agricultural cooperative training programme intended to equip them with the skills to establish and manage an agricultural cooperative. Following completion of the training, the trainees consulted with the community leadership structures and have initiated the process to register a formal agricultural cooperative with assistance from the Umhlabuyalingana Municipality. The agricultural cooperative will play an important role in all future project activities, particularly those of a commercial nature.

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