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Pilot and Grass Root Level Activities

Plan and implement selected pilot grass-roots level activities (e.g. linked with housing project(s) which are principally financed from other sources available in the province); to test the use of integrated sustainable decision making and delivery system, e.g. in waste management, water/sewage services, etc. and to support Local Agenda 21 approach in local development

Housing development has been chosen as vehicle to test and pilot the outcomes of this particular project, because the integration of wide range of environmental management systems (e.g. waste, water treatment, sanitation, energy etc.), social management systems (e.g. schools, clinics, police stations etc.) and economic development systems (e.g. shopping centres, roads etc.) are required for sustainable human settlement development.

In addition one priority area in DEAT environmental management work is to facilitate and support the development of waste management towards more sustainable solutions. Waste management is always closely linked with housing and other development projects. This project has been tentatively linked to waste management/housing projects in the North West Province. The first pilot district will be the Rustenburg/Bojanala Platinum District with a few tentative pilot projects, such as the Environment and Waste Management programme and Moretele Local Government Housing projects and Odi/Moretele regions waste disposal programmes.

In Moretele, the project will assist selected new housing areas to plan and implement the collection of recyclable waste and connect it to the activities organized by the scavenger community of the Mabopane waste disposal station. The community will be assisted in planning and implementing the more efficient waste separation, storage and transport. DANCED is planning a landfill project in the same area. It is important to coordinate these two initiatives, which complement each other. In Rustenburg, the main focus will be on the development of more efficient waste source separation programme for different type of housing areas in the municipality. This will be done in close connection with the ongoing waste management and landfill development programme. Both of these practical level pilots will be planned in detail during the inception phase of the project. Additional pilots may be introduced if the resources allow.

A second pilot district will be selected by the end of the first year of the project. Pilot activities in the second district and selected local municipalities will be planned during the second year, and the actual pilot activity implementation may start towards the end of the second year or from the beginning of the third year.

Establish a North West province "Eco Fund" to support small scale NGO, CBO or other citizens’ groups’ initiatives, which implement sustainable development and Local Agenda 21 work and are linked with the service delivery systems in the pilot districts/pilot local municipalities

This component aims at small/micro scale initiatives of organized citizens groups or NGOs and CBOs within the pilot areas. The idea of Eco Fund is to support such activities in environmental sector which are initiated and implemented at grass root level and in this way support general awareness raising and education in environmental issues. This project may also show way to wider Local Agenda 21 work in respective communities. Separate tentative Terms of Reference are presented in to describe the rules and procedures for applicants and the use of funds. A board composed mostly by local level representatives will be nominated and it will select the projects to be supported. The managing of the fund will be contracted to an expert institute, which in this case could be the Development Bank of Southern Africa.

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