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A ‘Creative Class’ in South Africa’s Arid Karoo Region

Ingle, M (2009), A ‘Creative Class’ in South Africa’s Arid Karoo Region, Urban Forum, 21(4).   Abstract There is an increasing number and variety of creative small enterprises in South Africa’s desert Karoo region. The Karoo has come to acquire considerable cachet in recent years and is being rebranded as a desirable tourist destination. It […]

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Ammunition for the ‘War on Poverty’ in South Africa

Ingle, M (2011), Ammunition for the ‘War on Poverty’ in South Africa, African Journal of Business Management 5(30):11749-11755.   Abstract Poverty is a multi-faceted phenomenon that goes beyond mere paucity of income. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) reflects an understanding of poverty as human deprivation by including indices for health and education in its Human Development […]

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An Evaluation of a Family Support Programme incorporating Early Childhood Development

Marais, L, Ingle, M, Skinner, D, Sigenu, K (2012), An Evaluation of a Family Support Programme incorporating Early Childhood Development, in the southern Free State, Acta Academica, 44(1):86-121.   This article details the evaluation of an NGO Family Support Programme (FSP) that was implemented in the southern Free State’s Kopanong local municipality. The FSP is […]

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Beaufort West case study

Van Rooyen, D (2007), Beaufort West case study. Unpublished report, Centre for Development Studies, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein. BACKGROUND – BRIEF HISTORY  The town of Beaufort West was established in 1818 on the farm Hooyvlakkte at the request of Lord Charles, Somerset, then governor of the Cape. The town was named in honour […]

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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 Unpublished report, Centre for Development Studies, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein.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 Unpublished report, Centre for Development Studies, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein.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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Demographic and Economic Changes in Small Towns in South Africa’s Karoo: Looking from the Inside Out

Nel, E, Hill, T, Taylor, B and Atkinson, D (2011), “Demographic and Economic Changes in Small Towns in South Africa’s Karoo: Looking from the Inside Out”, Urban Forum 22:395–410. Abstract This article seeks to situate the experience of demographic and economic change in South African small towns within a broader context. Drawing on international literature detailing […]

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District Socio-Economic Profile and Development Plans

Atkinson, D and Marais, L (2007), District Socio-Economic Profile and Development Plans, Arid Areas Research Programme Vol. 1, Centre for Development Support, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein.   Introduction The arid areas comprise a major part of South Africa’s land surface. These areas are the Karoo (including the Little Karoo), Namaqualand and Kalahari, and straddle […]

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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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Marginalisation and demographic change in the Karoo

Nel, E and Hill, T (2008), “Marginalisation and demographic change in the Karoo, South Africa”, Journal of Arid Environments, vol. 72, 2008, pp. 2264-2274.   Abstract Semi-arid areas are often considered to be environmentally and economically marginal, a situation which has been exacerbated by economic change, shifts in agricultural production and land use, and changing […]

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