n Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Cederberg nature reserve : projects : community-based category

Volume 23, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



The Cederberg Nature Reserve project is a R20 million investment by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) into an upgrade of the Algeria Campsite which is operated by Cape Nature in the Cederberg Wilderness area. This project was executed within the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), facilitating maximum employment and skills training for the local community. Upon appointment by the DEA, HHO Africa met with the DEA and Cape Nature in order to gain a better understanding of their objectives, given the limited total project budget of R20 million. A formal business plan was submitted, which also addressed the requirement that 30% of the budget would be spent on EPWP wages. The optimal economic solution would be to create chalets and an additional ablution block to complement the existing campsites. HHO Africa also assisted Cape Nature to source funding for a new administration building to replace the previous one which had been destroyed in a recent fire. This opportune addition to the project was added to the EPWP building contract, giving the client the benefit of economies of scale. A critical success factor was the level of stakeholder engagement. Many meetings were held with the local municipally in Clanwilliam, and bi-monthly project advisory committee meetings were also held with the local community in Bosdorp, near the Algeria Campsite. The depth of engagement with the local community gave HHO Africa a unique understanding of the people's aspirations for work in their area. This was invaluable in setting goals for deliverables and defining tasks during the construction phase.

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