Water security in rural Limpopo in a changing climate: A study of the Greater-Giyani Local Municipality, South Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor Chikoore, H.
dc.contributor.advisor Okaka, F.
dc.contributor.advisor Netshisaulu, K. H.
dc.contributor.author Mmbadi, Elelwani
dc.date 2019
dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-22T09:44:52Z
dc.date.available 2019-10-22T09:44:52Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Mmbadi, Elelwani (2019) Water security in rural Limpopo in a changing climate: A study of the Greater-Giyani Local Municipality, South Africa, University of Venda, South Africa.<http://hdl.handle.net/11602/1492
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11602/1492
dc.description MENVSC en_US
dc.description Department of Geography and Geo-Information Sciences
dc.description.abstract Many rural communities of South Africa are living without adequate water supplies mainly due to historical lack of infrastructure and effective water reticulation systems. Day to day challenges of accessing water from distant boreholes and rivers are a reality particularly for women and children in rural Limpopo. This study investigates the nature and extent of water supply problems and how communities are living without adequate water in three rural communities of Greater-Giyani Local Municipality in South Africa. The study area lies in a semi-arid region which regularly experiences climate extremes such as droughts and floods which can reduce the ability of the municipality to supply water. Primary data was collected through questionnaires, key informant interviews and field observations while population, climate and hydrological data are also analyzed. A mixed methods research design was employed using qualitative methods such as content analysis whilst quantitative methods were dominated by time series analysis techniques and online interactive climate platforms such as the Climate Engine. It was found that households, schools and clinics in the study area rely mainly on boreholes for water supply but sometimes rivers supply those living nearby. An incomplete and poor water reticulation system coupled with erratic and shortening summer rainfall seasons are some of the major causes of water shortages in the study area. In order to cope with inadequate water, community members and public institutions in the study area have drilled boreholes and the sustainability of groundwater in the area is not well established. During summer, most households and institutions practise rainwater harvesting while a few resort to purchasing water from vendors. Despite these challenges which are not well documented, it was concluded that most of the rural poor households and institutions in the study area are well adapted to cope with water scarcity in the short term, while being vulnerable in the long term due to population growth and climate change. The study recommends the need for government and municipalities to invest in water reticulation systems in the long term whilst providing water to affected rural communities through water tankers, drilling more boreholes and maintenance of existing ones. Lessons learnt from this study may be useful to other municipalities across South Africa that are grappling with challenges of water access and supply. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NRF en_US
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xvi, 179 leaves :color illustration, color maps
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights University of Venda
dc.subject Water resources en_US
dc.subject Water supply en_US
dc.subject Water scarcity en_US
dc.subject Changing climate en_US
dc.subject Coping strategies en_US
dc.subject Greater-Giyani Local Municipality en_US
dc.subject.ddc 363.610968259
dc.subject.lcsh Water -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Water quality -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Water-supply, Rural -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Water-supply -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Water harvesting -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Water use -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.title Water security in rural Limpopo in a changing climate: A study of the Greater-Giyani Local Municipality, South Africa en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US

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