Drinking Water Project in the Community of Gumbi, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


Problem Description

The municipality of Gumbi has very poor access to reliable and clean drinking water from natural resources. Historically poor land management, the spread of foreign invasive plants and severe droughts in recent years have changed and degraded the land of the Gumbi community. People from the villages around Somkhanda Game Reserve are directly dependent on the reserve to pump water from wells into the communities in times of drought. This puts great pressure on the reserve to provide sufficient water for the wildlife and adversely affects the sustainability of the reserve as an employer of the local population in the tourism and safari industry.

Aims and measures of the project

The aim of the project is to supply the three villages of Zonyam, Cotland and Hlambanyati in the Gumbi community in the north of the Somkhanda Game Reserve with clean drinking water. A total of about 5,000 people live in the three villages, who will benefit from the measures. The installation of three groundwater pumps will have positive effects, such as reducing the daily walking time to get water from centrally located and poorly maintained communal points. This also means that people who need water for agricultural purposes (growing vegetables and cereals) and for cooking basic foodstuffs (e.g. corn porridge) can now use healthy and clean water.


Another positive effect of the new pumps is the relief of the Somkhanda Game Reserve and its water sources. The water available here is now exclusively available to wild animals and direct residents.

Contact persons

Thies Geertz

Global Nature Fund (GNF) - Office Radolfzell

Phone: +49 7732 9995 83

E-mail: geertz@globalnature.org


Laura Maeso Velasco

Global Nature Fund (GNF) - Office Bonn

Phone: +49 228 184 86 94 12

E-mail: maeso@globalnature.org

 A village on the border of the Somkhanda Game Reserve
 The water ressources are important for human, animals and nature.
 Die Versorgung mit Trinkwasser ist noch recht beschwerlich.

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October 2017 – October 2018


South Africa




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