Eastern Cape

A multi-causal analysis of local economic development

Atkinson, D (2009), A multi-causal analysis of local economic development: The example of Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape, Unpublished report, Rhodes University.   Introduction Small towns have not featured much on South Africa’s political landscape since 1994. The focus has been primarily on the areas with economic advantage, as defined by the Government’s National Spatial Development Perspective (NSDP), and […]

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An Analysis of the Aberdeen Business Sector

Prof Atkinson, D (2006), An Analysis of the Aberdeen Business Sector, Institute for Social and Economic Research, Rhodes University. Unpublished paper.   Introduction: Why study small towns?  Small towns are a neglected topic of study in South Africa, as well as other countries. Much more focus is typically placed on metropolitan issues, as well as […]

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Bethulie case study

Sigenu, K (2007), Bethulie case study. Unpublished report, Centre for Development Studies, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein.   BACKGROUND Bethulie had its origins as a mission station for the displaced San from nearby Philippolis in the mid 1820s. Nowadays it is part of the Kopanong Local Municipality along with eight other towns, i.e. Gariepdam, […]

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Cradock case study

Sigenu, K (2007), Cradock case study. Unpublished report, Centre for Development Studies, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein.   BACKGROUND The history of Cradock dates back to the beginning of the 19th century, when British troops were stationed in the Great Fish River area to ensure peace on the country’s Eastern Frontier. A fort was […]

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Economic decline and gentrification in a small town

Atkinson, D (2009), “Economic decline and gentrification in a small town: The case of Aberdeen, Eastern Cape”, Development Southern Africa, Volume 26, Issue 2 June, pages 271 – 288   Abstract Small towns are a neglected topic of study but they are gaining importance in South Africa because of rapid urbanisation. This paper discusses a […]

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Graaff-Reinet case study

Sigenu, K (2007), Graaff-Reinet case study. Unpublished report, Centre for Development Studies, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein.   HISTORICAL BACKGROUND Graaff-Reinet lies in the horse-shoe bend of the Sundays River and in the shadow of the rocky Sneeuberg Mountain Range. It is known as the “Gem of the Karoo”. It gets this name from […]

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Nieu-Bethesda case study

Kruger, N (2007), Nieu-Bethesda case study. Unpublished report, Centre for Development Studies, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein.   BACKGROUND –BRIEF HISTORY Nieu Bethesda was established in 1878 on the farm Uitkyk which belonged to Mr. B.J. Pienaar. At first it was set aside as a site for a Dutch Reformed Church since it took […]

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Oviston Nature Reserve: Stakeholder Analysis Report

Atkinson, D (2008b), Oviston Nature Reserve: Stakeholder Analysis Report, Unpublished report for Eastern Cape Department of Environmental Affairs, Karoo Institute, Philippolis. Purpose and methodology of the study The National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, 2003 promotes mechanisms in place to engage local communities in protected areas. It further states that park plans must be compiled in consultation […]

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Perceptions of climate change and barriers to adaptation amongst commonage and commercial livestock farmers in the semi-arid Eastern Cape Karoo

Muller, C and Shackleton, SE (2013), Perceptions of climate change and barriers to adaptation amongst commonage and commercial livestock farmers in the semi-arid Eastern Cape Karoo, African Journal of Range & Forage Science. Click here for online version http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/10220119.2013.845606 ( you may need to pay for this item), or contact Sheona Shackleton at s.shackleton@ru.ac.za. Abstract […]

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Revalidating vernacular techniques for a sustainable built environment by way of selected examples in the Eastern Cape

Steenkamp, C (2012), Revalidating vernacular techniques for a sustainable built environment by way of selected examples in the Eastern Cape, Masters in Architecture thesis, University of the Free State.   Abstract Hassan Fathy, an Egyptian architect, held that architects are in a unique position to revive people’s faith in their own culture, and if, as […]

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