Part 3: Case Study

4. Example Project Analysis

The purpose of this activity is to help students prepare for the student project in Part 4 by analyzing a specific local project within the much larger project presented in this case study.

By analyzing a real sustainability project of a similar scale to that which students may develop in Part 4, students will have the details of an actual project to refer to as they plan their Part 4 project. Have them use this example to help them understand how they will need to address economic, social, and environmental considerations as well as practical issues like project costs and likely implementation problems in their written and oral project presentations. (They are not to choose control of invasive alien species as their project.)

Preparation

      • Copies of Sustainability Strategy Analysis and Application Sheet

In Class

  1. Provide each student with as many Sustainability Strategy Analysis and Application Sheets as there are discussion groups.
  2. Have students discuss and analyze the Tsitikama Project using the rest of the Working for Water case for background.
  3. Based on their reading and discussion of the Tsitikama project, the student groups should develop a strategy that helps resolve some of the challenges identified in the Tsitikama case. Students should be encouraged to listen to the economic, social, and environmental considerations of each group member. Explain to the groups that environmental science students, for example, should make sure attention is given to ecosystem health, while social policy students should concentrate on unemployment, and those students in economic studies should pay attention to water security issues.
  4. The groups should prepare to present their recommendations and how they address the project’s sustainability issues to the class.
  5. As the groups present their strategies, students should fill out one of their Sustainability Strategy Analysis and Application Sheets for each presentation.
  6. If time allows after presentations are complete, use the remaining time in the class to open a discussion of the merits and drawbacks of the various proposed strategies and to brainstorm about improving upon them. The point to emphasize to the students is that integration of different disciplinary perspectives is necessary for successful, implementable solutions to sustainability problems.

Core Reading

  1. Working for Water, A South African Sustainability Case: Section D

Assignment Questions

  1. What particular social problems does the Tsitikama project address?

    • Jobs are scarce and permanent employment is hard to find

  2. What administrative difficulties have arisen in the Tsitikama project?

    • Low wages
    • Delays in payment
    • Favoritism
    • Underutilized childcare services
    • Lack of a social development officer, development programs, and technical training for the workers
  3. How might the childcare services for Tsitikama workers be improved?
    • Crags and Coldstream could recruit the family members that workers currently pay on an individual basis to provide higher quality services for a higher salary in a convenient, centralized location.
  4. How might delays in payment due to the incorrect completion of forms be avoided?
    • The content of forms could be clarified or contractors could be provided with training in how to properly fill them out. Contractors could also have their pay cut due to mistakes that delay the payment of workers.