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Small scale farming on Wetland resource utilisation: a case study of Mandlanzini, Richards Bay

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dc.contributor.advisor Dlamini, E.T.
dc.contributor.advisor Mncube, D.W.
dc.contributor.author Mthiyane, Thokozani Sivikele
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-24T08:47:39Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-24T08:47:39Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10530/550
dc.description A Dissertation Submitted to the Faculty of Education in Partial Fulfilment of the Requirements for the Masters of Environmental Education in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education at the University of Zululand, 2009. en_US
dc.description.abstract Wetland utilisation by rural communities in South Africa poses a serious challenge for natural resource conservation. The growing rate of rural poverty, poor education and socio-cultural beliefs contribute towards the current plight of many wetlands. The challenge that faces wetland sustainability stems from the over utilisation of wetland resources for survival as well as cultural activities that are practiced. This study aimed at investigating the impact of various wetland activities performed on a daily basis by local communities of Mandlanzini in the quest for survival. The community groups were selected to study their way of life and their relation to their local environment in order to deepen the understanding of their activities and impact on the wetland. Household data collected, gave a clear picture of socio-economic status of the community. The results of the study showed that community members, on the lower end of salary scales, were the ones who relied heavily on raising income by using resources available from the wetland. Research data showed that, there is a high demand for staple food such as ‘amandumbe’, banana, and sweet potatoes by the community under study. The study also showed that indigenous knowledge can play an important role towards the restoration of wetlands. Furthermore, as many community members practiced subsistence agriculture, most of their livestock depend on wetland resources. All these constituted good reasons why communities should be involved in wetland management and conservation. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Wetland management and conservation en_US
dc.subject Wetland utilization--KwaZulu-Natal en_US
dc.title Small scale farming on Wetland resource utilisation: a case study of Mandlanzini, Richards Bay en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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