A Trusted Partner

Since rolling out its first Working for Water projects in 1999, Gamtoos Water has successfully delivered an array of Natural Resource Management Programmes (NRMP) on behalf of the National Department of Environmental Affairs. These projects form part of the Expanded Public Works Programme and are designed to create employment and skills development opportunities across the Eastern Cape.

Geographical Footprint

Gamtoos Water implemented projects across the Eastern Cape – from Matatiele in the north to Tsitsikamma in the west and Lusikisiki in the east between 1998 and 2023.

Economic Impact

Alleviating poverty starts with skills development and job creation. Each year, over 300 SMME contractors assist with project implementation. Employing an average of 11 employees per team, this creates a positive economic impact for at least 3 000 additional beneficiaries and their households. Over a five-year period (2012-2017), Gamtoos Irrigation Board generated employment figures of over 1.5 million person-days.

Social Impact

Aside from compulsory training such as health and safety, herbicide and first aid courses for all teams, Gamtoos Water also delivers educational initiatives designed to develop important life skills. A dedicated team in the Kouga and Kromme region provides critical guidance and support on issues such as HIV/Aids, substance abuse, child abuse and human trafficking.

Environmental Impact

Between 2012 and 2017, Working for Water projects cleared 547 697 hectares of alien invasive plants. To put this in perspective, one hectare is roughly the same size as an international rugby field.