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Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP)

The Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP) is strategic priority number 3 within the government’s current Medium Term Strategic Framework. The design of the programme is predicated on lessons learnt from pilot sites selected through socio-economic profiling, community participatory processes and intergovernmental co-operation. A great deal of baseline data has emerged from the first two pilot engagements in Riemvasmaak in the Northern Cape, and Muyexe Village in Giyani in the Limpopo Province. The CRDP is therefore different from past government strategies in rural areas because it is premised on a proactive participatory community-based planning approach rather than an interventionist approach to rural development. There are seven munipalities where the CRDP programme will be implemented on: Chief Albert Luthuli, Dr JS Moroka, Bushbuckridge, Nkomazi, Thembisile Hani, Pixley Ka Isaka Seme and Mkhondo Local Muicipality.

The Aim

The CRDP is aimed at being an effective response against poverty and food insecurity by maximizing the use and management of natural resources to create vibrant, equitable and sustainable rural communities. A CRDP must improve the standards of living and welfare but also rectify past injustices through rights-based interventions and address skewed patterns of distribution and ownership of wealth and assets. The strategic objective of the CRDP is therefore to facilitate integrated development and social cohesion through participatory approaches in partnership with all sectors of society.

The Vision

The vision of the CRDP is to create vibrant, equitable and sustainable rural communities include: contributing to the redistribution of 30% of the country’s agricultural land; improving food security of the rural poor; creation of business opportunities, de-congesting and rehabilitation of over-crowded former homeland areas; and expanding opportunities for women, youth, people with disabilities and older persons who stay in rural areas.

The ultimate vision of creating vibrant, equitable and sustainable rural communities will be achieved through a three-pronged strategy based on:

  • a coordinated and integrated broad-base dagrarian transformation
  • strategically increasing rural development
  • an improved land reform programme

Mpumalanga Provincial Government and CRDP

CRDP in Mpumalanga was launched in the Mkhondo Local Municipality, in order to address the development needs of rural people in terms of the Outcome 7: “Vibrant, Equitable, Sustainable Rural Communities and Food Security to all”.

The programme is aimed at creating an effective response against poverty and food insecurity by maximizing the use and management of natural resources to create vibrant and sustainable rural communities.

Outcome 7

Vibrant, equitable and sustainable rural communities and food security for all will be achieved through the following outputs:


Output 1: Sustainable agrarian reform with a thriving small and large farming sector services to support livelihoods
  • Revitalization of irrigation schemes:  Revitalization of irrigation infrastructure at Ngogolo (500 ha), Nhlangu West (120 ha) & Nhlangu East (120 ha) & Mbhunu B (500 ha) (DARDLA)
  • Agro-processing: Completion of 2 maize  milling plants & silos in each CRDP site (DARDLA)
  • Livestock Improvement Programme
  • Fencing of 50km and 190 household
Output 2: Improved access to affordable and diverse food
  • Masibuyele Emasimini:  Provision of mechanizasion and production inputs supports for 16, 000 ha (DARDLA)
  • Provision of mechanization and production inputs support for  16,000ha (DARDLA)
  • Capitalization of ME: Provision of 55 tractors & implements (DARDLA)
  • Crop Production: Provision of 10 Vegetable Tunnels (DEDET)
  • Integrated Food nutrition program: 11 schools benefitting 46 755 learners (DOE)
Output 3: Improved rural services to support livelihoods
  • Water provision: Provision of 10 boreholes and elevated tanks and reticulation for 50 households (DARDLA)
  • Sanitation: Building of 200 VIP toilets (LM’s)
  • Primary Health Services: Construction of 1CHCs &). Funding of five NPOs to provide community based health services. (DoH/ DPWRT)
  • Establish one Bakery Enterprises (DEDET)
  • Access Roads: construction of one Sibange Bridge (DPWRT)
  • Early Child Development: Provision of funding to 5 ECDs. (DSD)
  • 16 Home and Community based care (DSD)
  • Human Settlement -Construction of 960 PHP houses (DHS)
  • National Youth Service Programme: Youth participating in NYSP (DSD)
Outside 4: Improved employment opportunities and economic livelihoods
  • National Rural Youth Service Corps: 150 Youth participating in NARYSEC (DARDLA)
  • Skills Development - ECD Care Givers: Training of 20 ECD care givers  (DOE)
  • Skills Development – Training of Artisans: Training of 90 learners in construction related trades  (MRTT)
  • Community Works Programme: 300 People employed in Community Work Programme (COGTA)
Output 5: Enabling institutional environment for sustainable and inclusive growth
  • Access to information for youth: Provision for three Youth Centres (DSD)
  • Social Cohesion: Funding of two households and community Social Cohesion initiatives (DSD)
  • Safety and Security:  Functional CPF and sub forums (DCSSL)
  • Social Cohesion: Commemoration days (Heritage Day, Freedom Day, Women's Day, Youth Day) (DCSR)
  • Social Cohesion: School sport / sport festivals / provision of sports equipment & attire in 14 schools (DCSR)
  • Social Cohesion: Establish four sporting hubs and Siyadlala Mass Participation Programme (DCSR)


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