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Medicinal plant sales : a case study in Northern Zululand

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dc.contributor.advisor Dlamini, E.T.
dc.contributor.author Ndawonde, Busisiwe Gude
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-23T12:45:28Z
dc.date.available 2009-11-23T12:45:28Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.other 312276
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10530/165
dc.description A mini dissertation submitted in partial fulfillments for the degree of master of Environmental Education in the department of Comparative and Science Education at the University of Zululand, 2006. en_US
dc.description.abstract Most tribes in South Africa still make use oftraditional medicines and use prescriptions ofherbs and other natural materials (Matsiliza and Barker 2001). Medicinal plants from Northern KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), particularly areas such as UIundi, Empangeni, Eshowe Mtubatuba and Nongoma are no exception and are a constituent of a traditional culture. The informal trade in indigenous plants for medicinal use (umuthi) is growing constantly (Mander, 1998). There are many reasons for this, including an expanding population coupled with modernisation of society that is hastened by the development of roads, improved communication methods and the migration of people from villages to cities. The prohibitive cost of modern medicines, together with the high rate of unemployment is forcing many people to revert to traditional medicines and even to gather and sell medicinal plants as a living. This results in over-exploitation of some plant species, sometimes to the brink ofextinction (Matsiliza and Barker 2001). This study aims at investigating the implications of plant harvests that are sold at bus ranks in northern KwaZuluNatal, and at identifYing target species for threatened plant programmes with the help of data gathered via direct interviews with medicinal plant sellers. It also aims at identifying and remedying knowledge gaps that may exist among plant gatherers about propagation techniques applicable to the medicinal plants they harvest.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Medicinal plants--South Africa--KwaZulu-Natal--Marketing. en_US
dc.title Medicinal plant sales : a case study in Northern Zululand en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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