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Vhembe District is one of the drought stricken municipalities in South Africa. However, borehole yields and groundwater monitoring are major problems in the district. The poor quality (salty) and drying of groundwater at Masisi area and insufficient funding to cover all dry areas are the main challenges (Statistics South Africa, 2018).

Thengwe area experiences drinking water scarcity due to drought (Musina Local Municipality Integrated Development Plan, 2016/2017). The area around Maheni community is the driest in the district. The 2017 Community Water Management Plan (CWMP) for Maheni community by Wellfield proved that groundwater levels in the river and boreholes have dropped and as a result the community does not have sustainable water resources. This finding motivated the researcher to explore the impacts of climate change on the water resources in Maheni.

Boetse Secondary School

Thase Secondary School