For the past 3 years DEAT SRPP (Social Responsibility, Policy & Projects) has funded the Mussel Rehabilitation Project (MRP) which has been implemented by Walter Sisulu University along the Wild Coast between Umtata Mouth and Hole in the Wall. Download the video: Mussel Harvest The initiative has, without a doubt, been one of the most successful and effective social responsibility projects in the Eastern Cape. It has not only proven that rehabilitation and controlled harvesting of mussel beds is sustainable, but has literally produced tons of protein rich mussels for the benefit of the local community, while also contributing employment, skills training, environmental awareness, resource monitoring, catch-data collation, and many other vital linkages and benefits. Operating since 2000 under the care and guidance of Zoology lecturer, Dr. Calvo-Ugarteburu (affectionately known by all as “Gugu”), the Mussel Rehabilitation & Food Production Project has been funded variously by Marine & Coastal Management (MCM), WWF, and DEAT SRPP.

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Maphuzi A/A, Coffee Bay, Mqanduli, 5082

Yesterday we met with a delegation of people from Xolobeni and Mzamba who form part of the "Innovation Programme".

Machosana: 41 pipes
Nqutheni: 29 pipes
Ocean: holes 176 / 75 pipes
Hlungwana: pipes 32 / holes 295
Mthini / Rhini 197 holes / 59 pipes

The villagers pictured here are busy digging out a water well in the streamlet that passes by the Kham c

A drip irrigation system is used at the community gardens.

In the last month the nursery supplied 136 home gardens (with 140 seedlings each), approximately 70,000

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