Climate change taught to rural communities

2015-10-22 06:00
UMgungundlo district mayor Yusuf Bhamjee at kwaZinqamu as part of UMngeni              Resilience Project. With him are farmers in one of their gardens. 

PHOTO: nompendulo ngubane

UMgungundlo district mayor Yusuf Bhamjee at kwaZinqamu as part of UMngeni Resilience Project. With him are farmers in one of their gardens. PHOTO: nompendulo ngubane

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FUNDING from the Adaption Fund will help improve the lives of the people living in areas where the project will take place.

The project is called UMngeni Resilience Project and is aimed at growing communities in rural areas in terms of adaptation of climate change.

UMgungundlovu district mayor Yusuf Bhamjee visited Elandskop, Zinqamu area to speak to farmers there. Bhamjee’s spoke to residents about issues that affect them in terms of resources and farming.

The project is part of UMngeni District Municipality. Bhamjee said, that with funding from Adaption Fund as UMgungundlovu district, it will succeed. They will work with rural communities to reinforce settlements using sustainable building materials as well as restoring the natural environment near settlements that act as a buffer against climate change.

“The important point is to make rural communities understand climate change. Broadening their knowledge and teaching them about climate change will make things easy for them. We have developed learning platforms that enable us to build capacity on climate change and resilience within the communities and also enable us to learn from them,” said Bhamjee.

He said the municipality has long-term plans for climate change adaptation.

UMngeni Resilience Project manager Lungi Ndlovu said, that Elandskop is not the only rural area that will be funded by the project.

“We are visiting other rural areas and are looking at the issues affecting them and how they can be tackled,” she said.

Residents told Bhamjee that they are faced with the issue of water from the reservoir tank.

A leaking water tank was another issue­ which was presented to the mayor

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