Prof Lucius Botes

Prof LJS Botes, Prof LM Marais (2008), “Growth and development strategies in South Africa: Towards incentives for subregional economic growth, African Development Perspectives Yearbook Volume 13, Institute for World Economic and International Management, University of Bremen.


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Botes, L and Abrahams, D (2008, 2009), Noka e Tlatswa ke Dinokana – A river swells from little streams: Responsive partnership-building approaches to development, in S De Gruchy, N Koopman and S Strijbos (eds), From our side: Emerging Perspectives on Development and Ethics, Amsterdam and Pretoria: Rozenberg Publishers & UNISA Press, pp. 117-133.


Synopsis: From our side is a collaborative effort of younger scholars in southern Africa and the Netherlands who are interested in the relationship between development and ethics, from a Christian point of view. The 17 chapters that make up the book have been produced through a unique set of partnerships, in which the authors have intentionally worked with practitioners who are working in the development arena. The essays were also shared in a number of settings with the authors, so that they have also benefited from this creative partnership process, and these partnerships have embraced people in both the South and the North, signalling a desire for a global dialogue led by Africa on matters which have a strong impact upon the continent. The title is constructed around three clusters of key development themes. The first theme is identity, culture and gender, which comprises four essays that focus on what it means to be a person or a people in a global world where local identities are under threat through the dominant powers of the world. This section makes the point that development has a very strong social and cultural aspect. The second theme is globalisation, poverty and the market, and we have five essays that explore poverty, ecology and the global economy from a Christian ethical perspective. The third theme is power and the struggle for life, comprising five essays that reflect on issues of power and ethical responsibility in post-colonial politics, and the impact this has upon people’s health and wellbeing.


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Botes, L (2002), Institutional Capacity for Local Economic Development in the Karoo District Municipality, Local Government Support and Learning (LOGOSUL) Programme, Northern Cape Department of Local Government & DFID (UK), Unpublished report.



1. The priority option that is proposed by Urban Econ to implement in the Karoo District Municipality is the temporary centralisation of the LED function at district level for an interim period, with the intention of decentralizing it to local level once they have built sufficient capacity to manage this function. Due to the capacity and resource problems of local municipalities it is proposed to transfer the LED function to the District Municipality. This option was taken as the underlying assumption of this study.

2. The work of the LED Unit will be complemented by a Development Forum or Association (“DDA”) representing the private sector. The DDA could be a Section 21 Company or a Development Corporation. The DDA would be strongly a-political, and would be driven by a delivery-oriented CEO. It should have a commercial approach to its activities. In the short- and medium-term, it will need government grants, but in the longer-term, it should become financially self-sustaining by claiming a percentage of profits of businesses established under its umbrella. It could also take out loans from agencies such as the DBSA. Local business and agriculture groups should be represented in the DDA.


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Human, F, Marais, L, Botes, L (2008), “Making plans against all odds: Local Economic Development in small towns of the Free State”, 2008, Africa Insight, 38(1) 2008, pp53-66.



Since the transition to democracy, there has been an increasing emphasis on local economic development (LED) in South Africa. The LED efforts in three small municipalities of the Free State Province are examined against the international framework for LED planning and implementation. Often, LED is limited to numerous small capital projects and that it is neither regarded as an integral part of all projects nor directed at addressing the real structural problems associated with the economies of small towns. Moreover, in most cases they are not sustainable, but are dependent on constant funding. Local municipalities could make a bigger impact on the local economy, by considering LED as an integral part of service delivery and functioning.

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