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More commonly referred to as the NatSilt Programme, the “National Dam Siltation Management Strategy in South Africa” is a 3-year Programme (ending 30 November 2023) that is funded by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS).

The Programme is managed & implemented by the Water Research Commission (WRC). The programme’s overarching aim is to develop and pilot a strategy that will guide, advise and ensure effective siltation management and related improved storage capacity for dams, especially the 320 state-owned dams managed by DWS and any future dams to be built by DWS.

A significant portion of the programme is capacity building to ensure that there is sustainability beyond the projects that are implemented. In order to achieve this, we need to share, disseminate and promote the knowledge and impact generated through the programme. Through the development and implementation of a strategic marketing & communications plan we aim to encourage and inspire our key stakeholders to participate and co-learn with project implementers. In addition to this, we need to rally support and showcase the impact and innovation that comes through the programme by disseminating programme outcomes through media, articles on journals, digital articles, social media, booklets for the communities, published papers and presenting at national conferences.