The Need for a Zoning and Tourism Potential Study
The Lubovane reservoir area is located within a rural settlement area on Swazi nation land consisting of scattered homesteads/dispersed type of settlement and largely dry land agricultural area. The current and future agricultural development progress will result in increased economic, recreation, development, and resource management activities throughout the project area.
SWADE has been mandated by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy to manage the large irrigation infrastructure, including the Lubovane reservoir. Unplanned, uncoordinated and anarchistic development within the dam servitude in general, and shoreline in particular, is likely to lead to conflict issues, while shoreline erosion is likely to be a problem as well as a general environmental pollution of the site. In order to prevent the negative impacts of an uncoordinated and piecemeal development of tourism facilities, there is a need to develop a zoning plan and set guidelines for use and management in support of overall chiefdom planning and decision-making.
In recognition of this, SWADE intends to:
(i)Determine the tourism potential of the Lubovane reservoir area.
(ii)Prepare various use zones within the servitude area.
(iii)Prepare guidelines/regulations on tourism/public facilities development and management.
To facilitate this, SWADE has drafted these terms of reference to solicit expert consultants with experience in the tourism business to provide advice on the potential, types and nature of tourism facilities and activities that could be undertaken, as well as to establish a blueprint for interested investors.
This study should highlight the economic importance of the tourism potential in the Lubovane dam area and nearby environs. It should also outline the peculiar features particularly of the Lubovane Reservoir’s natural and cultural resource base and its appeal as tourism assets.
The tourism sector in this context is taken in the broad sense and, in addition to cultural and other activities in the strict sense (performing arts, visual arts, natural, cultural heritage) i.e. sectors which combine the creation, production and marketing of goods and services and the distinctive feature of which is the intangibility of their cultural content.
The Swaziland Water and Agricultural Development Enterprise (SWADE) is a government company established by the Government of Swaziland in 1999 to facilitate the planning and implementation of the Komati Downstream development Project (KDDP) and Lower Usuthu Smallholder Irrigation Project (LUSIP) and any other large water and agricultural development project that Government may assign.
Initially the company was called the Swaziland Komati Project Enterprise (SKPE) and was solely responsible for the planning, facilitating and development of the KDDP. After successfully implementing the KDDP, the company’s name was changed to SWADE and its scope was expanded to facilitate, plan and implement the (LUSIP) and any other large water and agricultural development project that Government may assign.
The SWADE’s mission is to empower communities through projects in water, agricultural development projects and other socio-economic initiatives to attain an improved quality of life and sustainable poverty alleviation.
Innovation: We will continuously look for new ways to do things and introduce new ways to make business processes more efficient .
Integrity: We will conduct our business dealings both internally and with external stakeholders with honesty, trustworthiness, professionalism and within timelines.