Agriculture

Making the most of what we’ve got

Taylor, S (2008), Making the most of what we’ve got: The commercial beneficiation of indigenous plant species in arid areas, Centre for Development Support, University of the Free State. Abstract The paper will explore some of South Africa’s efforts to find new products, crops and industries from local biodiversity, to encourage the search for novel indigenous […]

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Municipal Commonage Administration in the Free State Province

Buso, N (2002), Municipal Commonage Administration in the Free State Province: Can Municipalities in the current Local Government Dispensation promote emerging farming? Unpublished report, Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria.   PURPOSE OF RESEARCH The primary purpose of doing the research concerned was to establish whether municipalities in the current local government dispensation in the Free State […]

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Municipal commonage administration in the Northern Cape

Benseler, A (2002), Municipal commonage administration in the Northern Cape: Can municipalities promote emergent farming? Unpublished report, Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria.   INTRODUCTION Land reform is becoming a key part of government policy, especially in the light of land reform pressures in countries like Zimbabwe. It is clear to national and provincial governments that land reform […]

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Municipal commonage and ecological knowledge in the Nama Karoo

Atkinson, D (2007), “Municipal commonage and ecological knowledge in the Nama Karoo”, Development Southern Africa, vol. 24, no. 5, December 2007.   Abstract This paper examines the problem of managing municipal commonage land in the Nama Karoo, which is increasingly being used by black or coloured emergent farmers. Many of these live in the towns […]

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Municipal commonage and implications for land reform

Atkinson, D and Buscher, B (2006), “Municipal commonage and implications for land reform: A profile of commonage users in Philippolis, South Africa” , Agrekon, volume 45, no. 4, December 2006.   Abstract This paper reports on a survey of municipal commonage users, which was undertaken in Philippolis in the southern Free State, in May 2005. […]

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Municipal commonage in South Africa

Atkinson D (2013), Municipal commonage in South Africa: A critique of artificial dichotomies in policy debates on agriculture, African Journal of Range & Forage Science, Volume 30, Issue 1-2, 2013,     Abstract The paper critiques Vetter’s (in this issue) assertion that commercialisation of smallholder agriculture holds dangers for sustainable rangeland management. The paper argues […]

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Municipal commonage in South Africa: A public good going bad?

Ingle, M (2006), “Municipal commonage in South Africa: A public good going bad?”, in Africa Insight, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 46-55. Abstract This article deals with the ‘Cinderella’ of urban spaces – municipal commonage. The author argues that commonage is a valuable natural heritage resource. However, municipalities face pitfalls in giving expression to central […]

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Municipal Commonage Management in Emthanjeni Municipality, De Aar Area

Cartwright, A, Harrison, T and Benseler, A (2002), Municipal Commonage Management in Emthanjeni Municipality, De Aar Area, unpublished report, Local Government Support and Learning Programme, Department of Local Government, Northern Cape.   Introduction The National Department of Agriculture and Land Affairs has set the target of redistributing 30% of the land to black aspirant farmers by […]

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Productivity benchmarking of free-range sheep operations

Conradie, B and Piesse, J (2014), Productivity benchmarking of free-range sheep operations: Technical efficiency, correlates of productivity and dominant technology variants for Laingsburg, South Africa. Sustainable Science Unit, Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town. CSSR Working Paper no. 344.   Abstract Data envelopment analysis (DEA) was used to benchmark extensive sheep operations […]

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Review of Municipal Commonage programme of the Department of Land Affairs

The term municipal commonage is traditionally applied to land owned by a municipality or local authority. The land was usually acquired through state grants or from the church. The land was granted to serve the needs and interests of the poorer residents of the specific town.  Commonage lost its traditional character when previously disadvantaged residents […]

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