Original Articles

The effect of severe drought and management after drought on the mortality and recovery of semi‐arid grassveld

DOI: 10.1080/02566702.1988.9648145
Author(s): J.E. DanckwertsDepartment of Agriculture (Eastern Cape Region),, G.C. Stuart‐HillDepartment of Agriculture (Eastern Cape Region),


The False Thornveld of the Eastern Cape experienced a particularly intense drought during the 1982/83 growing season. Extensive grass mortality took place during the drought. After the drought, recovery was particularly sensitive to the post‐drought management treatment applied. Veld that was grazed immediately after the drought recovered far more slowly than veld that was rested. This effect was still evident three years later, illustrating the considerable importance of resting semi‐arid grassveld after a drought.

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