Articles by Keyword: Communal Rangelands

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  1. 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...
  2. Correlates of stocking rate and overgrazing in the Leliefontein Communal Reserve, central Namaqualand

    Correlates of stocking rate and overgrazing in the Leliefontein Communal Reserve, central Namaqualand

    Item type: Journal Article • Journal: African Journal of Range & Forage Science
    We investigate the correlates of stocking rate in the Leliefontein communal reserve and attempt to provide a mechanistic explanation of the controlling factors. We further speculate on how high stocking rates are maintained in relation to the current state of...
  3. Effects of land tenure, geology and topography on vegetation and soils of two grassland types in South Africa

    Effects of land tenure, geology and topography on vegetation and soils of two grassland types in South Africa

    Item type: Journal Article • Journal: African Journal of Range & Forage Science
    A national degradation audit conducted in South Africa in the late 1990s found communal land tenure to be the strongest predictor of vegetation and soil degradation, while abiotic factors such as geology, slope and aspect were also correlated with degradation...
  4. 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,...
  5. Development and sustainable management of rangeland commons – aligning policy with the realities of South Africa's rural landscape

    Development and sustainable management of rangeland commons – aligning policy with the realities of South Africa's rural landscape

    Item type: Journal Article • Journal: African Journal of Range & Forage Science
    Policy affecting the rangeland commons in South Africa has been based largely on management models developed for large-scale commercial farming. This paper examines the current policy situation and discusses some of the most pervasive ecological and economic assumptions that have...
  6. Wildlife or livestock? New directions for developing communal rangelands in South Africa

    Wildlife or livestock? New directions for developing communal rangelands in South Africa

    Item type: Journal Article • Journal: African Journal of Range & Forage Science
    The paper agrees with three fundamental points raised by Vetter (in this issue), whilst highlighting an emerging trend in wildlife land use, which should be considered in policy making. Firstly, the paper supports the argument that communal rangelands are important...
  7. 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...
  8. The sociocultural contexts and meanings associated with livestock keeping in rural South Africa

    The sociocultural contexts and meanings associated with livestock keeping in rural South Africa

    Item type: Journal Article • Journal: African Journal of Range & Forage Science
    This paper complements Vetter's position paper, ‘Development and sustainable management of rangeland commons – aligning policy with the realities of South Africa's rural landscape’ (Vetter in this issue). It seeks to advance the debate regarding the contemporary nature of livestock...
  9. Degradation of communal rangelands in South Africa: towards an improved understanding to inform policy

    Degradation of communal rangelands in South Africa: towards an improved understanding to inform policy

    Item type: Journal Article • Journal: African Journal of Range & Forage Science
    In South Africa, the relative extent of range degradation under freehold compared to communal tenure has been strongly debated. We present a perspective on the processes that drive rangeland degradation on land under communal tenure. Our findings are based on...
  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...