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PROGRAMMES: Malolotja Community Outreach

(Updated March 2008, information from Sandile Gumedze.)

The Programme’s Objective

The Malolotja community Outreach Programme started operating in 1994.

Malolotja Nature Reserve is surrounded by a total of 13 Communities, namely; Nkaba, Mhlosheni, Majotini, Malanti, kaNdeva, Malanti, Luvinjelweni, kaShoba, Mlondozi, Phasengwenya, Hawane, And Malolotja.

This programme is intended to improve relations with surrounding communities by offsetting the limitations on resource use within the reserve that are inherent in Protected Area (PA) Management.

The COP officer identifies appropriate community development projects, secures their funding from development agencies, and facilitates their implementation.

  1. Range Management: Overgrazing is a constant problem in surrounding areas, and assistance in developing a system of control over grazing pressures is of tremendous benefit to surrounding communities.

    The objective of the sub-programme is to promote sustainable use of the plants, in particular the grazing resources (grasses).
    • Stocking levels of domestic animals.
    • Seasonal grazing adjustments.
  2. Reforestation: Fuel wood pressures for heat and cooking fires result in a high rate of deforestation and the COP is attempting to increase sustainability in this area. The major intervention is in exploration of alternative energy forms such as biomass fuel energy.
    • Malanti Kiaat Forest
  3. Medicinal Plants Garden: This is intended to reduce the poaching of traditional medicinal plants inside the reserve by demonstrating to communities how to grow their own medicinal plants.
    • Schemes by Local Traditional Healers: Luvinjelweni Indigenous Nursery
  4. Beekeeping: The favourable environmental conditions around Malolotja are excellent for beekeeping, and this is a worthwhile source of revenue for surrounding communities, which uses least inputs in the production process.
    • Active beekeeping schemes: Mlondozi and kaNdeva
  5. Community Water Projects: The community is assisted in setting up water schemes, mainly through transport and related assistance towards ultimate water provision.
    • Water project schemes: Phasengwenya and Hawane
  6. Soapstone Carving Re-orientation Project: The local community is heavily dependant on this skill for income generation, yet the stock pile of soap stone is declining and serious reclamation of dug up areas is outstanding. Discussions to resolve the above paradox are necessary and the COP is the appropriate programme to address this threat to the well-being of the community.
    • Communities involved in stone carving: Hawane, kaShoba, Majotini, and Malolotja

Contact Information

The COP Programme is housed together with the Environmental Education Programme at the Malolotja EEC.

The Community Outreach Officer (COP) is always available upon request (informal and formal) to assist Community Based Organisationsations (CBO’s), Schemes, and individuals on the above work programme areas.

Site Map
Reference Material
SNTC Headquarters: Parliament Road. P O Box 100, Lobamba, Swaziland. Tel: (+268) 2416 1516, 2416 1489, 2416 1179. Fax: (+268) 2416 1875, 2416 1480. Email: info@sntc.org.sz
National Museum:
Tel: (+268) 2416 1179, 2416 1875
Fax: 2416 1875
Email: curator@sntc.org.sz
King Sobhuza II Memorial Park:
Tel: (+268) 2416 1179, 2416 1489
Fax: 2416 1875
Email: ksmp@sntc.org.sz
Malolotja Nature Reserve:
Tel/Fax: (+268) 2444 3241
Cell: 7660 6755
Email: culturalvillage@sntc.org.sz
Mantenga Nature Reserve:
Tel: (+268) 2416 1151
2416 1178, Fax: 2416 1480
Email: culturalvillage@sntc.org.sz
Magadzavane Lodge
Mlawula Nature Reserve:
Tel: (+268) 2343 5108/9
Fax: 2343 5111
Email: magadzavane@sntc.org.sz