- Year One: 2014/2015
- Hectares Cleared: 236ha
- Beneficiaries: 47 Women
- Employed: 42 Men, 46 youth, 3 disabled
- Budget: R 2 057 160.95
Three teams (30 people each) came from Oudtshoorn, with the remainder from Thembalethu.
The individuals used in the project were previously unemployed. The opportunity for employment, albeit non-permanent, has therefore meant much needed additional income for these beneficiaries and their dependents.
Through the partnerships between WWF-SA, SABMiller the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), The Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA) Working for Water Programme, local landowners and Natural Infrastructure Services (NIS), an operation to clear the Waboomskraal Valley from invasive alien plants was planned and implemented at the end of 2014.
Over a period of many years, the rivers, banks and streams of the Waboomskraal and Herold Valleys have become suffocated through the spread of a now more than 2000Ha forest of invasive alien plants. These plants – mostly black wattle, pine and hakea – are not only a detriment to biodiversity in the valleys, they have also resulted in hugely reduced water security for the agricultural landscape, not to mention the all too-dependent urban areas downstream (Oudtshoorn).
The success of the well-known Waboomskraal Hops and fruit orchards is not only dependent on the availability of water in the Waboomskraal valley, there is also increasing pressure for greater water supply to the greater Gouritz catchment area (specifically the Oudtshoorn municipality) for more water from the Klip river for household use.
Waboomskraal is situate in the Cape Floral Region, and therefore ecologically speaking is a treasure-chest of biodiversity that needs to be protected against the deleterious effects of alien invasive plants.
In recent years Landowners in the Southern Cape have also been under the magnifying glass to get their properties in line with the regulations regarding invasive alien plants (NEMBA and CARA).
It is within this socio-economic and environmental (and legislative) landscape of ecosystem service degradation and economic threat that The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) Natural Resources Management (NRM), Waboomskraal Hops farms Clearing project – WWF-SA | SABMiller | GIZ (or simply The Waboomskraal IAP clearing Project) was planned and implemented.
Hectares cleared: 236ha cleared
Beneficiaries: 47 Women
Employed: 42 Men
Budget Spent: R 2 057 160.95