Project name:

Ndzevane Irrigation Scheme

Client name:

Government of Swaziland, Lutheran World  Federation

Location: Swaziland
Project description 

A tripartite agreement, signed in 1980 between the Government of Swaziland, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the Lutheran World Federation, established the Ndzevane Refugee Settlement in south-eastern Swaziland for members of the Mngomezulu and Matsengwa tribes who were displaced from South Africa.  An area of approximately 6 000 ha was made available for the refugees who numbered about  5 400 people, comprising about 800 families.

GIBB responsibilities 

  • 1 600 ha of agricultural land to be developed for irrigation by sprinklers
  • Planned cropping pattern includes cotton and maize in the summer with wheat and beans in the winter

  • Pumped water intake from the Usuthu River

  • Feasibility Study (1983).  In 1986 the proposed pipeline layouts were modified in response to revised area allocation, and updated cost estimates were prepared


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