Action 24 SGF Batlhabine Foundation

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The Batlhabine community is experiencing a number of environmental challenges, caused by:

  • mining operations authorised by traditional authorities, without due consultation of the communities, leading to mining operations without proper licencing / environmental authorisation;
  • deforestation in the Thabina Natural Reserve, which in combination with illegal mining is deteriorating the eco-system services (water shortage, landslides and drought linked to soil erosion, etc), and reducing the nearby community’s ecosystem-based resilience to climate change.

Objectives

  • Develop capacity and activism of the Batlhabine Foundation’s members for environmental protection and justice.
  • Strengthen civic engagement with the legislator and law-making process to promote a healthy, sustainable and just
  • Foster better policies and accountability on issues leading to environmental degradation.

Activities (April 2019 – March 2020)

  • 1 (one) workshop with 25 Batlhabine Foundation members to review environmental and climate change issues affecting the community (including drivers and impact), and determine areas of focus for the research work to be undertaken by the organisation.
  • Research on the issues identified during the workshop. Tentatively, the proposal is to document:
    • the problem of mining operations authorised by traditional authorities, without due consultation of the communities, leading to mining operations without proper licencing / environmental authorisation.
    • the issue of deforestation in the Thabina Natural Reserve, which in combination with illegal mining is deteriorating the eco-system services (water shortage, landslides and drought linked to soil erosion, etc), and reducing the nearby community’s ecosystem-based resilience to climate change.
  • 4 (four) outreach and awareness activities with the local community. These activities will serve to mobilise relevant stakeholders to buy in or support the work of the organisation, e.g. traditional authorities, but also to provide feedback on the findings of the research work undertaken as part of the project, and of the engagement with the legislator.
  • 1 (one) mass / public consultation with the Limpopo Provincial Legislature and relevant departments on the environmental issues addressed by the project.
  • Engagements with the Limpopo Provincial Legislature and/or Parliament on these issues (submissions, petitions, contact with MPs, etc).

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Batlhabine Foundation is a non-profit organisation established in 2009 to enhance the socio- economic wellbeing of the Batlhabine community in Limpopo through involvement and capacitation of the citizenry.
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