Mafefe village is located in the Capricorn municipality, is a mountainous
area 200 km south east of Polokwane. Thanks to the perennial river
Mohlapitsi, small scale family farmers irrigate their fields using
In this village, the CRCE works with the Ga-Mampa
community on traditional surface irrigation schemes, on the
diversification of livelihoods (dairy goats keeping,
eco-tourism…) and on youth issues. The CRCE started its
collaboration in this area in 2002 with women’s groups, by introducing an idea of rearing dairy goats.
can we get these goats? We can do it!”
The CRCE received a grant from the French Embassy to support the
introduction of dairy Goats in the Ga-Mampa rural community. The
support was in a form of lease payable by returning a pregnant goat to
the group. At the first workshop a video film was shown on the
experiences of small dairy goats keepers from Tanzania. “
Where can we get these goats? We can do it! ”, was the first
question from the public.
The success of the pioneers has encouraged others to join the Lafata
Dairy Goat Keepers Group and apply for goats. The grant allowed CRCE to
successfully set an original model of partnership with the Limpopo
Province Department of Agriculture and the rural communities.
Members of the Dairy Goat Keepers Group who didnt receive goats
formed the traditional chickens group. The CRCE introduced
Venda and Naked neck chickens to improve local chickens and bring
source of protein. After trainings and exchange visits, interested
people deposited R50 into a common
account, which allowed them to receive 5 chickens.
"We are the active members of the community"
The CRCE is also working towards the organisation of two youth groups
active in Ga-Mampa. The youth defines themself as "the active members of the community". A group on “life
orientation” teaches people about the prevalence of HIV and
related diseases and informs young people about teenage pregnancy and
venereal diseases. This group also deal with career guidance.
The second youth group works on job creation as unemployment is one
major issue affecting youth at Ga-Mampa.
links them with relevant organisations.
|| Encouraged by the local municipality, these
groups have formed a platform: Ga-Mampa development forum is a
non-political community based platform gathering groups of breeders,
youth groups, water users association…
As the forum wanted a place to operate, the CRCE supported in 2006 the
building of the Mampa Development Centre in partnership with
The purpose of this centre was to create a place where groups can
operate, where farmers can store their equipment, where meeting
can be held... However, the Mampa Development Centre host the
“drop-in” group. This group is
working under the Department of Social Development and supports 50
orphans and children from poor families with some of the basic
The Development Center is also used as a mobile clinic centre and a
social pay point.