Social assessment of the Amangwane community campsite project

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dc.contributor.author Maud, Priscilla Wendy
dc.date.accessioned 2008-10-27T06:37:03Z
dc.date.available 2008-10-27T06:37:03Z
dc.date.issued 2008-10-27T06:37:03Z
dc.date.submitted 2003-11
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/1321
dc.description M.A. en
dc.description.abstract The subject of this mini-dissertation is the social assessment of the proposed development of a campsite project by the Amangwane community. This project is proposed for the Cathedral Peak area of the Kwazulu Natal northern Drakensberg in partnership with the local conservation authority KZN Wildlife. As a result of the Business Plan process it was decided that participation of the wider community was necessary to obtain their input in designing the requirements for a successful campsite development. In this way the community needs will be met as far as possible. The purpose of undertaking the social assessment was twofold. Firstly, it was undertaken to establish what social structures exist within the community. This was done in order to identify and analyse the characteristics of the social structures in relation to the identified characteristics of the proposed campsite project and the possible impacts the project might have on the community. Secondly, it undertook to make suggestions in mitigation of potentially negative factors. A qualitative style of research was adopted due to the high level of involvement of the researcher in the community being studied. This close association helped in obtaining first-hand information and a practical, participatory approach, described as participatory action research, was followed. It is notable that no significant negative social impacts were recorded. The most noteworthy finding of the research was that the expectations of the community, in terms of positive impacts, were way beyond what the project could deliver. This is particularly true in terms of job creation. The main mitigation measure suggested in this respect relates to education and information dissemination. A number of other suggestions are also put forward that could positively influence the implementation of the project and the subsequent benefits to the community. en
dc.description.sponsorship Prof. Tina Uys Prof. Anton Senekal en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Camp sites, facilities, etc. en
dc.subject Social prediction en
dc.subject Mangwane (African people) en
dc.subject KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) en
dc.title Social assessment of the Amangwane community campsite project en
dc.type Thesis en

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