The Tsumeb Sub-Basin Management Committee has been organizing projects and activities regarding the management of the basin’s water and related natural resources to address issues within the basin and the community.
- TsBMC Newsletter
- Forum/BMC Meeting
- Executive Committee members’ election
- Community sensitization meetings in the TsBMC
- Awareness raising in TsBMC communities on water resources challenges, Participatory Hygiene, Sanitation and Transformation (PHAST)
- School awareness raising on water resources challenges
On 25th June the TsBMC attended a very interesting OKBMC Forum meeting and on the 26th the TsBMC group visited:
- The Future Okavango Research Project;
- Mayana Water Project;
- Vungu Vungu Green Scheme Irrigation Project.
The purposes were to familiarize stakeholders with other basins’ in the country through learning from challenges and success and also to share the best methods for implementing integrated water resources management at basin level.
Figure 1 - Wheel pumping water from the river for vegetable garden and kindergarten school
Figure 2 - Jetty build by the Mayana Water Committee (still not complete)
Figure 3 - Mayana Kindergarten School
Figures 4, 5 and 6 - Vungu Vungu Irrigation Project/Green Scheme
Figure 7 and 8 - TsBMC group attended the OKBMC Forum
Figure 9 - The Future Okavango Research (TFO) - One of the small scale farmers showing the TsBMC group how to apply fertilizer in the hole ready for planting.
The Forum decided to have five priority issue themes that are a great concern in the Sub-basin, namely sanitation, water supply, pollution control, waste management and bush encroachment. The locations of Oshivelo, Tintsabis and Tsumeb (Soweto and Kuvukiland) were the ones chosen to be visited regarding all these priority issues. The Transect is still ongoing, mainly done in an observation guideline accompanied by pictures.
The purpose is to re-familiarize the stakeholders about the Sub-basin, as well as delineation of its boundaries and the issues/problems concerning the Sub-basin.
Figure 1 - Getting water from a public bathroom in Soweto
Figure 2 - Tsumeb dumping site, unfenced and no separation of waste
Figure 3 and 4 - People getting water from a pipe from a nearby farm over the B1 road. In Kuvukiland location, people struggle to get water as boreholes are situated far away.
The Forum Training and the consultations for CEB IWRM Plans took place in the Airport Guest House, where. The objectives were to train BMC and forum members in IWRM; to gather stakeholders’ input into the IWRM Plan for the Cuvelai-Etosha Basin; and also information sharing.
- Biophysical and socio-economic characteristics of the Cuvelai-Etosha Basin and Tsumeb sub-basin;
- Land use, economic activities and the environment of Cuvelai-Etosha Basin and Tsumeb sub-basin;
- Groundwater resources management and permit and licensing systems for GW in the Cuvelai-Etosha Basin and Tsumeb sub-basin;
- Overview of the sanitation situation in the Cuvelai-Etosha Basin and Tsumeb sub-basin;
- Water Resources (water quantity, water quality and water demands) in the Cuvelai-Etosha Basin and Tsumeb sub-basin;
- Water demand management and conservation practices.
The consultations for CEB IWRM Plans focused in the CEB IWRM Plan process and status, and the IWRM situation in the CEB (including IWRM concerns).
The Forum meeting took place in the Airport Guest House, with the purpose was to give feed-back on sub-basin’s progress (activities, financial report/expenditure) since last Forum meeting held 05/11/2012; to present the TsBMC final work plan 2013/2014; and to discuss and brainstorm about the Transect Drive and Exposure Trip for 2013.
Outcomes of the meeting:
- Sub-basin to have an ad hoc Forum meeting as soon as possible to elect a new treasurer;
- Look for financial assistance for the sub-basin because GIZ local subsidy is coming to an end;
- Stakeholders were assigned for their involvement in the transect drive;
- Exposure trip to Okavango Basin date set for the 24-27/06/2013.