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Achieving a Brighter Future for Communal Rangelands in the Maluti District: Strategies and Process

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Ntshona, Zolile
Conference: Constituting the Commons: Crafting Sustainable Commons in the New Millennium, the Eighth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Bloomington, IN
Conf. Date: May 31-June 4
Date: 2000
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/8506
Sector: Grazing
Region: Africa
Subject(s): IASC
rangelands
grazing
common pool resources
Abstract: "The democratic government era has been characterised by poor management of rangeland resources in most parts of the rural South Africa. With little fencing and the unavailability of herding labour, common property resource management is becoming more difficult to implement in communal areas. This paper looks at whether common property resource management approaches offer any sort of non-freehold future for livestock production and range management in communal areas of South Africa. People in communal areas depended on government provisions and assistance for more than 30 years during the period of the Betterment programme. After the collapse of the programme, grants and policing by the government were discontinued, whilst people continuously expect grants and to be policed by the government. This paper argues that the future will provide positive benefits if a re-visitation of a different kind of betterment can be implemented."

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