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.