community is one of the pilot sites CRCE is working with.
located 40 km north of Polokwane in the
Limpopo Province. The community benefits traditional systems of land
tenure and the population is engaged in rain fed farming and
traditional livestock, keeping activities together with other sources
CRCE involvement in this community concerns dry land agriculture, sustainable
management of natural resources
(soil, water, vegetative cover…) and youth support.
Resource Management Platform
Due to the unreliability of the rains that mostly occur during summer, rain fed agriculture is less and less sustainable.
After the heavy rains few water actually remain available in the soil
water reserve for crops and other vegetation. Water run-off is
amplified by the depletion of the vegetative cover due to an over-use (fire-wood, grazing…).
The CRCE collaborates with farmers groups in the area on
water harvesting, land care strategies (trenching) and
agro-forestry technique to improve rain-fed cropping system.
The establishment of nurseries
for the production of tree seedlings is one of the project wich has
With the support of the agricultural extension officer from the
Department of Agriculture based in their area and the CRCE-UL, various
farmers groups have formed a natural resources management platform. Through
a PRA process, key issues to enhance a sustainable development process
within the community have been set. A key aspect is the pro-active
involvement of the community itself through interest groups in
addressing the challenges.
The youth development forum is formed by local
youth groups engaged in different activities operating in Ga-Mothiba
| It has been launched after the CRCE
implemented a case study
in the village using participatory extension approach.
After the study was concluded and recommendations were presented to the
community, the youth felt the need to have a common area to operate
from as a collective. They were convinced that when working together
they can advice and implement common ideas progressively.
As part of the development forum, the CRCE suggested that the forum
should support a building where all the youth activities could be
hosted. The Mothiba Youth Information and Development Centre is built
with the aim of hosting the following activities, coordinated by the
youth of Ga-Mothiba: Video production, HIV/AIDS awareness, advice to
teenagers, career guidance, agricultural production…
The forum requested the CRCE to support the building of a youth
development and information centre.