Following a successful Rapid Advisory Service (RAS) in 2018, CRIDF has agreed to continue helping the bi-national Komati Basin Water Authority (KOBWA) better deal with drought and climate change in both eSwatini and South Africa. Formed in 1993, the Authority manages the release of water from Driekoppies Dam in South Africa and Maguga Dam in eSwatini for hydropower generation and for water users downstream, who particularly rely on the Komati River (also known as the Incomati) for irrigation.
KOBWA first met with CRIDF in early January 2018 and the RAS commenced in March. The CRIDF team has provided ideas and a methodology with high-level costings for a holistic drought management plan; climate resilient approaches for the Authority’s strategy and operations; and water system modelling refinements that promise to add value. CRIDF is collaborating with KOBWA to support a holistic and pro-poor climate resilience approach to drought management planning in the Basin, with a focus on the Authority’s areas of jurisdiction in eSwatini and South Africa.
On 1 November 2018, at KOBWA’s headquarters by Maguga Dam, the partners met again to agree to continued CRIDF support that will build on the RAS. The engagement will continue for the next six months in collaboration between, and with combined funding from, the two parties. The next steps are to detail the tasks and methodology for an integrated approach to holistic drought management planning; agree to a project programme; assemble project teams; and complete the assignment by May 2019.