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This review presents an analysis of legislative in relation to natural resource governance (with an emphasis on water) in communal areas of South Africa. Communal lands, comprising the former Bantustans of South Africa, constituted some 13% of the country but accommodate some 85% of the population (see Figure 1). The purpose is as follows. Firstly, to seek …

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Amongst the 3000 outstanding land claims in Mpumalanga Province, claim number KRP9366 is the Moreipušo land claim. The Moreipušo land claim brings together people who nowadays live dispersed throughout the Bushbuckridge area and beyond. They were forcefully removed from four farms at the foot of the Drakensberg in the 1960s and 1970s. The Moreipušo land …

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The upper reaches of Sand River Catchment contribute significantly to the water production of the Inkomati system; the drainage basin stretching across South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique. Much of this area are communal lands: the former ‘homelands” of the apartheid era which today reflect high levels of socio-economic and environmental problems. Recently there has been …

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What is governance? Definitions of governance vary widely, and depend upon the context in which the term is used and what is being referred to. Generally it includes the aspects of power, processes, rights and responsibilities that are associated with making and enforcing rules that guide our society. Governance is also often thought of as the …

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This report is written for the Leap Symposium 2007, and captures some of the work done to date under the Craigieburn Governance Project, in order to share the findings to date for reflection, analysis and learning within the broader Leap endeavour. Leap is a voluntary association that works in partnership with a number of NGOs, …

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This study forms part of a greater body of research currently being conducted by AWARD (The Association for Water and Rural Development) and LEAP (A learning approach to promoting tenure security) into governance of natural resources in communal lands of South Africa. The bulk of the work is being carried out in the village of …

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An important development in the form of a brick factory was initiated on the perimeter of Criagieburn village during 2004. Ostensibly the launching of the brick factory represents a venture into natural resources use with both potential positive and negative impacts on the inhabitants and resources of Craigieburn. The question arises as to how such …

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AWARD invited wetland farmers and structures from Craigieburn to a workshop on the 27th August 2008 at the Wits Rural Facility. AWARD has been doing work with farmers and research on the governance of natural resources in Craigieburn, and this workshop was called to discuss the issues farmers are facing, what the research is telling …

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Purpose: to discuss with people, what should be done about the governance of the land and natural resources problems in Craigieburn. Feedback of the wetland research: People were complaining that their wetlands are degraded. Question to farmers Do you know what the wetlands do with water? there are plants that grow only in the wetlands cattle are grazing and drinking water …

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