Monoga Syndicate Water Reticulation for Rehabilitation of Degraded Rangeland
The Monoga Borehole Syndicate has 25 members who individually keep between 10 and 150 livestock units and altogether number around 1000. All these animals congregate at one point for watering rendering a large area surrounding the borehole completely degraded. Furthermore, animals do not use all the communal rangeland efficiently as they tend to overgraze those areas proximal to the water source and under utilize those further from water sources. The syndicate purchased and renovated a 50,000 gallon water tank from Botswana Railways. The group has managed to obtain Botswana Government assistance to reticulate water to individual kraals (1-3 km away from the borehole) as a strategy to reduce congestion at the watering site and allow the surrounding area to be reclaimed or restored. The assistance did not however include a fence around the tank, a roof on top of the tank, a water metering gauge and the labour cost for the digging of the trenches. These are required in order to make the watering system completely effective. The fence will secure the area in the vicinity of the tank, the roof will enable the water to be consumable by people at the individual kraals, the gauge will facilitate the pumping as water is used at the homesteads or kraals whilst the labour is required to speed the excavation of trenches for the pipes.
Monoga Borehole Syndicate Management Committee
Area Of Work:
Project Characteristics and Results
Capacity - Building Component
A project such as this one empowers the entire membership through the management committee to become good managers and therefore become less dependent on government handouts.
As of now, women are already an integral part of management and syndicate activities with the posts of Vice chairperson, Vice secretary and Auditor already occupied by women. A substantial number of meetings are attended by women with or in the absence of their spouses.
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