Gamtoos Irrigation Board Projects

Working for Water


  • Kouga River (Langkloof)
  • Biocontrol Nursery (Uitenhage)
  • Kromme River (Langkloof)
  • St Francis Bay Thatch (St Francis Bay)
  • Baviaans/Stinkhoutberg (Elands River)
  • Sand/Bulkriver (Elands River)
  • Van Stadens River (Van Stadens River)
  • Katberg (Fort Beaufort)
  • Post Retief (Fort Beaufort)
  • High Altitude (Tsitsikamma Mountains)
  • Inxu/Wilde Beest (Maclear/Ugie)
  • Albany (Grahamstown)
  • Kouga Nursery (Kougadam Patensie)
  • Pondoland (Port St Johns)
  • Port St Johns (Port St Johns)
  • Mbabalane (Port St Johns)
  • Mtata River Basin (Mtata)
  • Coffee Bay (Coffee Bay)
  • Ntsizwa (Mount Ailif)
  • Njinjini (Mount Frere)
  • Mvenyane (Cederville)
  • Mdakeni (Cederville)
  • Madlangala (Matatiele)
  • Kubusi (Stutterheim)
  • Hogsback (Hogsback)
  • Keiskammahoek (Hogsback)
  • Rooikrans (Stutterheim)

These projects are invasive alien treatment project, which focuses operations in catchments are. Say a bit more about Alien invasive clearing.

The Kouga project is an invasive alien plant treatment project operating within the Langkloof and surrounding mountains. The Kouga project is one of the oldest WFW projects in the Eastern Cape, and is also one of the largest, with an upper catchment portion within the Western Cape. The project focuses on alien wattle, pine and eucalyptus treatment in the Kouga River (and its tributaries) which feed into the Kouga Dam.

The High Altitude project is an invasive alien plant treatment project located in the high mountains and inaccessible areas of the Kouga, Kromme and Baviaans projects. High Altitude teams are expected to stay on site for longer durations than normal WFW teams, since site accessibility is a problem and teams are usually flown onto site by helicopter.

The establishment of a community dekriet cultivation project in St Francis Bay on sandy dune land, previously densely overgrown by Rooikranz, is hailed as a conservation and job creation success.A total area of 80 hectares has been planted under dekriet, which will now serve as a dune stabilising agent as well as an indigenous species which will prevent the dunes from being re-invaded by Rooikranz. This will provide a thatch source for the Cape St Francis housing market.

The Kouga Nursery project is a special project that focuses on growing indigenous rehabilitation plant species for the WfW, wetland rehabilitation and thatch projects that GIB manages. The project operations are based at the Kouga Dam at the gateway to the Baviaanskloof.

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Since 1991, GIB has gained an outstanding reputation for managing large-scale labour-intensive infrastructure and environmental projects in the Eastern Cape. The Board’s expertise has been recognised widely and ...


The GIB manages projects on behalf of the Department of Water Affairs (Working for Water), the South African National Biodiversity Institute (Working for Wetlands), the World Wildlife Foundation...
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