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Sustainable Rural Development in South Africa

25 February 2013
09:45 - 00:00

Date : 25 February 2013

Time : 09:45 – 13:00

Presenters : Prof Cecilia Rocha (Director, Centre for Studies in Food Security, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada)

Dr Jaci van Niekerk (Researcher, Environmental Evaluation Unit, Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town)

Dr Michael Aliber (Senior Researcher, Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), School of Government, University of the Western Cape)

Mr Tim Hart (Senior Research Specialist, EPD, HSRC)

Dr Peter Jacobs (Chief Research Specialist, EPD, HSRC)

How have the living and working conditions of rural South Africans changed since 1994? To what extent have policy interventions made the country’s rural development path more sustainable? These are some of the critical questions addressed in articles published in the October 2012 special issue of Development South Africa (Volume 29, Number 4).

Articles offer new evidence to stimulate critical reflection on rural development concepts and policy. In sharp contrast to post-apartheid South African experiences, Brazil has substantially reduced income inequality and is on track to reach all its 2015 MDGs. What are the lessons for South Africa? Smallholder farmers now receive greater attention in South Africa’s agricultural policy statements but public investment to support them remains inadequate. Land reform beneficiaries can make good use of neglected farmland, though not necessarily the use the state intended. Ecotourism is a growing source of non-farm rural jobs and can generate broad-based local economic development. Without community participation in ecotourism, spillovers like better social services for the local people may not materialise.

To celebrate the launch of this special edition, join the authors for an open discussion of key insights from their published articles.



Kindly RSVP by 15 February 2013

This seminar may be attended via video conference in Pretoria, Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal. Details as below. The speakers will be in Pretoria

Cape Town: HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or

Durban: First floor HSRC board room, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or

Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: