The community of Ga-kgapane Maskaneng is located on a former dumping site which became illegally occupied due to land availability shortages and increased population growth. This might be the primary reason why the local authorities did not construct a drainage system in these areas, making it vulnerable to floods. As a consequence of inadequate proper flow paths or channels, water accumulates in residential zones and agricultural land. Some houses were affected to such an extent that they collapsed.1
The most prominent mitigation strategy that was developed in this area was to create 'Le-guba' around houses: stacked sand-bags around dug furrows around houses and on roads. In Ga-Kgapane, the 'Le-guba' was the most preferred coping strategy because they are easy to construct by hand and do not require many complicated materials to build. This coping strategy has been adopted in almost every household. This coping strategy generally proves that these areas experienced a serious problem of floods. A majority of houses without 'Le-guba' were cracked and some of them had collapsed due to the foundation of the house being completely exposed to flood.
Munyai, Rendani Bigboy. “An Assessment of Community Flood Vulnerability and Adaptation: A Case Study of Greater Tzaneen Local Municipality, South Africa,” n.d., 60.
Munyai, Rendani Bigboy. “An Assessment of Community Flood Vulnerability and Adaptation: A Case Study of Greater Tzaneen Local Municipality, South Africa,” n.d., 1-102.