Working for the Coast Project is a poverty alleviation project implemented by WESSA in the Northern Cape.
This Ecological Infrastructure & Sustainability project is a 2-year partnership with the Department of Environmental Affairs, as part of the Environmental Protection and Infrastructure Programme (EPIP).
Working hand in hand with Northern Cape municipalities and towns, specifically Kammiesberg Local Municipality (Hondeklip Baai), Richtersveld Local Municipality (Port Nolloth), and the Namaqa District Municipality, the project is employing up to 60 skilled and unskilled community members. It serves as incentive to address social issues in these areas, and encourage unskilled and skilled development with accredited and non-accredited training components.
The main deliverables of the project are maintenance and beautification, including beach cleaning, the upgrading of braai facilities and upkeep of regulatory signage. In the coastal village of Hondeklip Baai work includes the extension of the current gabion range with an extra 32 m to 100 m, to stabilise the beach and protect against erosion.