This case study about community-based water management was carried out in Lefhala, Limpopo province, a poor, rural and isolated village with little access to services or state governance. The water project, facilitated by a nongovernmental organisation (NGO) with support by municipal leaders and carried out by a community-based and community-selected water committee, seems to be one of the very few developmental projects implemented in the village. However, the case study shows that community participation in development interventions in this isolated village is obstructed by a) existing conflicts and inequalities in the community, b) by the continuous reproduction of existing bureaucratic hierarchies, and c) by a lack of proper training and funding to sustain services delivery systems. Nevertheless, the community's involvement in the water project seems to have sparked several community members to expand on the uses of acquired skills and resources.
Case study: Tsogang water and sanitation project, Lefahla village, Limpopo Province. Working Paper No. 7, Bradford Centre for International Development, University of Bradford, UK, 33 pp.