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Community / Land projects / South Africa - Operationalizing Community-Driven Multiple-Use Water Services Project

South Africa - Operationalizing Community-Driven Multiple-Use Water Services Project


11/14 - 12/21


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The Operationalizing Community-Driven Multiple-Use Water Services is initiated to increase levels of investments in multiple-use water services (MUS) . The project will also contribute to increased annual rates of Gross Domestic Produc (GDP) growth (3.0% per annum by 2020) and achievement of the national target for creating jobs for 300,000 households in agricultural smallholder schemes. Its impact will be improved income generation and community health in poor rural and peri-urban communities in South Africa. This project will be implemented for a total duration of 48 months and its total cost is estimated at € 1,745,059, of which the AWF will finance € 1,340,000 (77%). The Project will deliver three (3) key outcomes: (i) optimized water resources development and management for improved service delivery; (ii) improved local water use planning and management; and (iii) increased investments in improved community water services delivery.


The purpose of the project is to support the operationalization of Multiple-Use Water Services (MUS) services in the Republic of South Africa (RSA) through demonstration investments, awareness raising, applied research and leveraging of finance.

Target Groups

The direct beneficiaries of the project include (i) households and local communities in Sekhukhune District and Vhembe District; (ii) local government and district government agencies benefiting from planning support and prepared planning tools and manuals, and (iii) national water sector policy makers and government agencies (Department of Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs, Department of Water Affairs, Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Department of Rural Development and Land Reform; Department of Human Settlement; Department of Public Works; South African Association of Local Authority).