Articles by Keyword: Communal Rangeland Management

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  1. Tackling 'the most avoided issue': communal rangeland management in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

    Tackling 'the most avoided issue': communal rangeland management in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

    Item type: Journal Article • Journal: African Journal of Range & Forage Science
    Democratisation in 1994 resulted in a shift in state focus from white commercial farmers to small-scale and subsistence black farmers living in communal areas in South Africa. The LandCare Program of the National Department of Agriculture aimed to improve productivity...
  2. Soil properties changes after short-term livestock exclusion in “degraded” communally managed rangelands in the western Bophirima District, South Africa

    Soil properties changes after short-term livestock exclusion in “degraded” communally managed rangelands in the western Bophirima District, South Africa

    Item type: Journal Article • Journal: South African Journal of Plant and Soil
    Livestock grazing and detrimental overgrazing are commonly associated with severe rangeland degradation particularly in communally managed pastoral systems in South Africa. Effects of grazing exclusion on vegetation are well documented, but there is a dearth of quantitative research conducted in...
  3. Patterns of seed production and shrub association in two palatable Karoo shrub species under contrasting land use intensities

    Patterns of seed production and shrub association in two palatable Karoo shrub species under contrasting land use intensities

    Item type: Journal Article • Journal: African Journal of Range & Forage Science
    Seed production and shrub association patterns of the two palatable shrubs. Tripteris sinuatum and Tetragoma froticosa were investigated on heavily grazed communal and lightly grazed commercial rangeland in the succulent karoo, Namaqualand. Seed production in both these species was substantially...
  4. Effects of herbivore exclosures on variation in quality and quantity of plants among management and habitat types in a semiarid savanna

    Effects of herbivore exclosures on variation in quality and quantity of plants among management and habitat types in a semiarid savanna

    Item type: Journal Article • Journal: African Journal of Range & Forage Science
    The effects of grazing on plant biomass, plant quality, species evenness, species diversity and species composition were determined among management types (communal, commercial and game) and among habitat types (open savanna, rocky and pan) in a semiarid savanna in South...
  5. Physicochemical characteristics of communal rangeland soils along two defined toposequences in the Eastern Cape, South Africa

    Physicochemical characteristics of communal rangeland soils along two defined toposequences in the Eastern Cape, South Africa

    Item type: Journal Article • Journal: African Journal of Range & Forage Science
    To proffer a sustainable solution to rangeland degradation, an understanding of the innate soil properties is vital. This study investigated the relative association of surface (0–20 cm) soil physicochemical properties, viz. electrical conductivity, cation exchange capacity (CEC), soil organic carbon,...
  6. Detecting the onset of rangeland degradation using soil respiration and boundary lines: preliminary findings from the Nama Karoo

    Detecting the onset of rangeland degradation using soil respiration and boundary lines: preliminary findings from the Nama Karoo

    Item type: Journal Article • Journal: African Journal of Range & Forage Science
    Mean annual soil respiration correlates with net primary productivity and therefore provides an indication of ecosystem functioning. Soil respiration, however, varies considerably in space and time owing to the influence of factors such as soil nutrient content, temperature and water...
  7. Impact of <em>Prosopis</em> (mesquite) invasion and clearing on the grazing capacity of semiarid Nama Karoo rangeland, South Africa

    Impact of <em>Prosopis</em> (mesquite) invasion and clearing on the grazing capacity of semiarid Nama Karoo rangeland, South Africa

    Item type: Journal Article • Journal: African Journal of Range & Forage Science
    We assessed the impact of Prosopis invasion and clearing on the grazing capacity of heavily grazed Nama Karoo rangeland in the Beaufort West district of the Western Cape province of South Africa. Invasion (c. 15% Prosopis canopy cover) reduced grazing...
  8. Impacts of high utilisation pressure on biodiversity components in <em>Colophospermum mopane</em> savanna

    Impacts of high utilisation pressure on biodiversity components in <em>Colophospermum mopane</em> savanna

    Item type: Journal Article • Journal: African Journal of Range & Forage Science
    This study aimed to quantify and evaluate the effects of heavy land utilisation, mainly grazing, on plant species richness and diversity, species abundance, vegetation structure and soil characteristics in a communal area in Colophospermum mopane dominated savanna in southern Africa...
  9. Livestock and the rangeland commons in South Africa's land and agrarian reform

    Livestock and the rangeland commons in South Africa's land and agrarian reform

    Item type: Journal Article • Journal: African Journal of Range & Forage Science
    Land and agrarian reform has the potential to expand South Africa's rangeland commons and enhance their contribution to the livelihoods of the rural poor, yet to a large extent this has been an opportunity missed. Shifting policy agendas have prioritised...
  10. The good shepherd: remedying the fencing syndrome

    The good shepherd: remedying the fencing syndrome

    Item type: Journal Article • Journal: African Journal of Range & Forage Science
    In this paper the use of fenced grazing camps to manage the rangeland commons is challenged. A historical perspective is presented on fencing and rotational grazing in South Africa. Two case studies in KwaZulu-Natal and the Northern Cape illustrate the...