Research and Publications

Research & Publications

  • Sustainability Innovations at Lynedoch

    Claudia Stuewe

    Year: 2010

    Document type: Student Research

    This is a masters thesis by Claudia Stuewe, a German student who did her internship at the SI in 2009 in order to conduct research for this thesis - her focus was on the dynamics of innovation for sustainability.

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  • Thermo-Fluid Dynamics Analysis of a Building Rock Thermal Storage System

    C. Lubbe

    Year: 2010

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis (2010). Thermo-Fluid Dynamics Analysis of a Building Rock Thermal Storage System. Final report for Masters in Mechanical Engineering, 2010. Provides a detailed technical analysis of the Rock Store passive heating and cooling system installed in the Main Building at Lynedoch to service Lynedoch Primary Schoo.

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    Education & Learning
  • 2019 Scenarios

    Prof. Mark Swilling

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    This paper by Prof. Mark Swilling was commissioned by the Presidency, South African Government. It was presented at a workshop in July 2007 convened by the Presidency to discuss and develop scenarios for 2019 with respect to the full range of government policy frameworks.

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  • Acid mine drainage in the Gauteng province of South Africa

    Timothy Ewart

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis (2009). A phenomenological study on the degree of alignment between stakeholders concerning a sustainable solution to acid mine drainage. Summary:  Mining activities have resulted in the mass exposure of iron pyrite and heavy metals, both underground and on the surface. Upon exposure to weathering, the iron pyrite gives rise to sulphuric acid, which, in turn results in the mobilisation and concentration of toxic metals. Although this is a geological phenomenon, the increasing concentrations of toxic metals as a result of mining have exposed the Gauteng province to enormous environmental, social and economic risks.

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    Resource Efficiencies
  • Anglo Platinum and Sustainable Development Reporting

    Steve Bullock

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Proposal Proposal for Anglo Platinum to make a meaningful switch to G3 Sustainable Development Reporting: A logical framework analysis. Written in Project Proposal format, this thesis was submitted in partial fulfilment of the Mphil in Sustainable Development Planning and Management. The researcher was employed by Anglo Platinum as head of the vision responsible for sustainable development reporting. He used his thesis to develop a Project Proposal for rethinking the strategic orientation of Anglo Platinum's sustainable development reporting approach.  

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  • Auroville, Ecolonia, Lynedoch

    Ben Mokheseng

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Ecological Design Essay 2009: using a synthesis of ecological design theory, the paper reviews three ecologically designed communities - Auroville (India), Ecolonia (Holland) and Lynedoch EcoVillage (South Africa).

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  • Ecological Design

    Christelle Terreblanche

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Is 'Positive Development' through design a viable approach to achieving sustainability in settlements and communities in developing countries like South Africa? Case study of the work of architect Etienne Bruwer. Class essay submitted for the Ecological Design module of the Bphil in Sustainable Development Planning and Management, August 2009.

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    Sustainable Cities
  • Ecological Design - the Case of Seoul, South Korea

    Natalie Wassung

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Sustainable Cities assingment (2009): based on a review of the conceptual and empirical literature on sustainable cities, this paper analyses the unique attempts by Seoul, South Korea, to 'green' the city by, in particular, replacing the highway through the middle of Seoul with a river that used to be there.

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    Sustainable Cities
  • Ecological Design and the Case of the New Eikestad Mall, Stellenbosch

    Adi Ansems

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Adi Ansems: Ecological Design 2009 - after developing a critical theory of ecological design to develop a comparative analysis of mall developments in different parts of the world, the paper focuses on a case study of the new Eikestad Mall, Stellenbosch, and finds that this major development is elitist and contributes little to sustainable resource use.

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  • Enhancing resilience between people and nature in urban landscapes

    Alexis Schaffler

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis. Based on a case study of Johannesburg's 'urban forest' of 10 million trees, the concept of 'green infrastructure' is explored as key element of socio-ecological resilience.

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    Education & Learning
  • Individual Philanthropy in Post-Apartheid South Africa - A Study of Attitudes and Approaches

    Holly Wescott

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Mphil thesis, 2009. In this thesis Wescott explores the changing pattern of individual philanthropy in post-apartheid South Africa, paying particular attention to the strategies adopted by members of the emerging black elite. This is the first systematic qualitative research on this important aspect of the development process.

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    Leadership & Facilitation
  • Marketing Sustainable Cities

    Luke Metelerkamp

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Sustainable Cities assignment (2009). This paper applies marketing theory to the challenge of communicating the need for sustainable urban living

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    Sustainable Cities
  • Paarl Infrastructure

    Gerhart Muller

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Sustainable Cities Assignment (2009): case study of infrastructure in Paarl.

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  • South Korea

    Adi Ansems

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Sustainable Cities assignment: (2009). Case Study of South Korea.

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  • Spaces for enchantment and the unknown

    Amelie Guyot

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Spaces for enchantment and the unknown: fairy tales, complexity thinking and a search for new ways of dreaming - child-centred sustainable development.

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    Education & Learning
  • Stone Houses, Paarl

    Blake Robinson

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Sustainable Cities 2009 - using a conceptual framework derived from a synthesis of the sustainable cities literature that links ecological sustainability and poverty challenges, this essay includes a case study of the so-called "stone houses" in Paarl that were build for low-income houses using waste materials secured from landfills.

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  • Sustainable Cities and Local Food Systems - Portland, USA

    Ashley Taylor

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis (2009): This paper is motivated by the larger debates about local food systems and addresses a local food system in Portland, Oregon. The research for this paper is based on interviews conducted in the restaurant and farming sectors in the Portland area in an effort to learn what motivates restaurants and farms to engage in local partnerships, the challenges and opportunities they face selling and buying local food, and the practices along their food supply chains. The objective of this study is to understand the degree to which restaurant farm partnerships in Portland are supporting a sustainable local food system and to help identify strategies and opportunities for more restaurants and farms to engage in local partnerships. Furthermore, this research provides pragmatic examples for other communities interested in stimulating a local food system based on direct marketing.

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    Food Systems
  • Sustainable Cities and Local Food Systems: A partnership between restaurants and farms in Portland, Oregon

    Ashley Kaarina Taylor

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Local food systems are growing in scope and impact in communities around the world in an attempt to solve many of the environmental, social, and economic costs of global food production and conventional food chains. Communities may attain greater sustainability by reconfiguring their relationship to agriculture and food but critics of local food systems doubt its ability to fundamentally change the predominant global agricultural system due in part to the limited transformative range.

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  • Sustainable energy solutions for the residences of Stellenbosch University

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Georgina Smit, Sustainable energy solutions for the residences of Stellenbosch University. Thesis submitted in fulfillment of the requirements of the Mphil in Sustainable Development Planning and Management, March 2009.

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  • Water Scarcity and Electricity Generation in South Africa

    Natalie Wassung

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Article 1: This article analyses more critically the impact of coal-fired electricity generation on South Africa's water resources, by estimating a water-use figure that extends backwards from the power plant to include water used during extraction of the coal. This figure can then be compared to the water usage of alternative electricity generation options. It is then possible to estimate how much water could be saved by substituting these alternatives in place of additional coal-fired plants.

    Article 2: The paper then evaluates the current system of water allocation and discusses its shortcomings, before envisioning what a sustainable allocation model might look like. Using this model and incorporating the energysaving options would liberate water to be used in other vital sectors of the economy. They would help to return dilution capacity and improve water quality, restore valuable aquatic ecosystems, and provide more drinking and sanitation water for society's desperate.

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  • What is the impact of sustainability on you as a business in the agriculture sector?

    Prof. Mark Swilling

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    Talk presented by Mark Swilling to the All Fresh Annual Conference, Sun City, 26 October 2009.

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    Food Systems
  • Zimbali Lodge, South Africa

    Owen van Dongen

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Own van Dongen: Sustainable Cities 2009 - a conceptual sythesis of the sustainable cities literature is used to develop a critical analysis of Zimbali Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The application of sustainability principles in elite developments is increasingly common and so this is an important contribution to discussion about this trend.

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  • Community-Driven Education and Training for Sustainable Community Development

    Tessa Rosmarin

    Year: 2008

    Document type: Student Research

    Community-Driven Educational and Training Model for Sustainable Community Development Resulting in Socio-Economic Upliftment in the Western Soutpansberg. Thesis submitted in fulfillment of the Mphil in Sustainable Development Planning and Management, December 2008.

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    Education & Learning
  • Contextualising Social Giving

    Mark Swilling, John Van Breda and A. Van Zyl

    Year: 2008

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    Contextualising social giving: an analysis of state fiscal expenditure and poverty in South Africa, 1994-2004.In Habib, A. (ed.), Social Giving in South Africa, HSRC Press, 2008. This paper analyses the patterns of fiscal expenditure for the period 1994-2004 and contests the notion that fiscal spending was cut as part of a wider commitment to neo-liberal policies.

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    Social Innovation
  • Growing sustainable food systems

    Anri Landman

    Year: 2008

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis (2011): Growing sustainable food systems: a study of local food distribution initiatives in Stellenbosch. Using the critical literature on the unsustainability of the global food system, this is a study of the various food distribution systems in Stellenbosch, with special reference to the various ways that local food security can be enhanced.

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    Food Systems
  • Lower External Input Farming Methods as a More Sustainable Solution for Small-Scale Farmers

    Candice Kelly

    Year: 2008

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's thesis (2008). Based on field research with organic farmers in India - develops a critique of mainstream 'green revolution' agricultural approaches and develops an argument in favour of sustainable agricultural practices.

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    Food Systems
  • Project Proposal for Mind Shift

    Monica Graaf

    Year: 2008

    Document type: Student Research

    Project Proposal for Mind Shift 2.0: A Logical Framework Analysis. MPhil thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the MPhil in Sustainable Development Planning and Management, March 2008. Mind Shift was a commercial sustainability magazine that Monica Graaf edited - she used a Logical Framework Analysis methodology to develop a strategic plan for the business.

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    Education & Learning
  • Social Responsibility and the Pentecostal Church, Phoenix, Durban

    Virginia Francis

    Year: 2008

    Document type: Student Research

    Applying Corporate Social Responsibility Principles to the Church: A case study of the interface between the Indian Pentecostal/Charismatic Church in the Phoenix Community, Durban North (KwaZulu Natal) and Social Responsibility. Thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the Mphil in Sustainable Development Planning and Management, March 2008. Based on interviews and participant observation, the research analyses the pentecostal churches in a Durban community and asks why these Churches neglect social issues in a context that is plagued by a range of very serious social problems.

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    Education & Learning
  • Stellenbosch Sustainable Human Settlement Strategy: PPT Presentation

    Year: 2008

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    This is a power point presentation that summarizes a report commissioned by Stellenbosch Municipality in 2008. Recommends an approach for doubling the size of Stellenbosch in an ecologically sustainable and equitable manner.

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    Development Planning
  • The state of African cities 2014: Re-imagining sustainable urban transitions

    Marlene Laros and Freda Jones

    Year: 2008

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    The current report is the third in The State of African. Cities series. The first, The State of African Cities 2008: A framework for addressing urban challenges in Africa, was explorative and analyzed general urban conditions and trends and identified benchmarks. It drew the attention to the rapid future growth of African cities and towns; to the apparent inability of local authorities to deal with present, let alone future urban population increases; and to the need for Africa to prepare for new urban configurations very different from the traditional concepts that see a city as an urban area within a clearly defined boundary and governed by a single municipal authority.

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  • Towards the development of an appropriate organisational development approach

    Schirin Yachkaschi

    Year: 2008

    Document type: Student Research

    Doctoral Thesis, December 2008. Towards the Development of an Appropriate Organisational Development Approach for Optimising the Capacity Building of Community-Based Organisations (CBOs): A Case Study of 3 CBOs in the Western Cape. . In this Phd Yachkaschi develops a unique conceptual framework for understanding the application of organisational development approaches to CBOs. CBOs are assumed to be the key to participatory development, but there is very little known about the organisational development of CBOs.

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    Education & Learning
  • Addressing environmental issues in a post-conflict situation: the case of afghanistan

    Francis Caas

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis (2007). Both Afghanistan and Sudan have experienced extended periods of war and violent conflict. Sudan has been engulfed in a nearly continuous and bitter civil war since independence in 1956. Afghanistan has been in a state of conflict since the Soviet invasion in 1979. Both nations are also among the poorest and least developed in the world. The article on Sudan addresses the interlinkages that exist between conflict and natural resources and how access to and unequal distribution of natural resources have triggered and fuelled violent conflict. In the case of Afghanistan, the article looks at the reasons for US military intervention in 2001 and analyses the reconstruction and development programmes devised by the international community in order to rebuild the country. Complement to his other article on Sudan, this article applies the 'resource wars' approach to Afghanistan. 

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    Resource Efficiencies
  • Copperbelt Environment Project in Zambia

    Peter Sinkamba

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Student Research

    This is a technical and financial proposal for a large scale and complex sustainable development project in Zambia. The sustainable development project is the Copperbelt Environment Project (CEP). This proposal aims at developing strategies for addressing sustainability problems of CEP.

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    Resource Efficiencies
  • Corporate Citizenship and Sustainable Development

    Flora Gitari

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Student Research

    Does the corporate citizenship discourse represent a sincere attempt by business to contribute to sustainable development, or is it primarily about maintaining business as usual? What are the implications for companies, the state and civil society organisations? Flora Gitari is from Kenya, living in Lesotho. This was her assignment for the Corporate Citizenship module.

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    Leadership & Facilitation
  • Energy Efficient Homes in the USA

    Asa Foss

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis. Asa Foss is an American who works in the rapidly growing green buildings movement in the United States. This was his Mphil research work.

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    Resource Efficiencies
  • Gender and rural water services

    Urszula Rust

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis (2007). Principles for mainstreaming gender equality in the South African rural water services sector. This thesis analyses the role of women in the provision of rural water services and finds that gender roles are reinforced rather than transformed. She recommends principles and guidelines that if adopted will contribute to changes in rural water service delivery practices that will transform rather than reinforce current gender relations and roles.

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    Resource Efficiencies
  • Indigenous Governance Systems and Sustainable Development

    Segametsi Moatlhaping

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Student Research

    The Role of Indigenous Governace System(s) in Sustainable Development: Case of Moshupa Village, Botswana. Thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the Mphil in Sustainable Development Planning and Management, March 2007. In this thesis, the researcher re-examines the indigenous governance systems that exist in Botswana, with special reference to her original home. She examines the principles of these systems and shows how they could contribute to the kinds of governance systems that are required for more sustainable forms of development.

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    Development Planning
  • Influence of wilderness experience on the adoption of environmentally responsible behaviour

    Benita de Wet

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis (2007). Conventional environmental education programmes appear to have limitations in precipitating the radical change needed to solve major environmental problems. In this study the potential of wilderness experience (WE) as a catalyst for developing ecoliteracy and consequent adoption of environmentally responsible behaviour (ERB), are discussed. Attitudinal changes and adoption of ERB by adult participants, following a weekend WE conducted in the Pilanesberg National Park, located in the North-West Province of South Africa, were probed through group and individual interviews over a period of time. Results indicate that WE may be a significant catalyst in developing ecoliteracy, while effects on adoption of ERB are diluted by several factors – both personal and structural (societal).

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    Leadership & Facilitation
  • Investigation of sustainable indigenous agricultural practice: a systems approach

    Russell Mmiso Dlamini

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Student Research

    The overall objective of the study was to investigate and document IK (Indigenous Knowledge) in Swaziland from a systems perspective. A systems approach ensured that the reductionist nature of scientific theories and practices in social sciences did not become a limiting factor on the qualitative and explorative study.

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    Food Systems
  • Investigation of sustainable indigenous agricultural practices: a systems approach

    Russel Dlamini

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis (2007). The overall objective of the study was to investigate and document indigenous knowledge in Swaziland from a systems perspective. A systems approach ensured that the reductionist nature of scientific theories and practices in social sciences did not become a limiting factor on the qualitative and explorative study. This thesis investigates the farming systems and techniques that have been used by African farmers in Swaziland during pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial times and concludes that these farmers knew how to farm sustainably and continue to do so into the present era. Much can be learned from them now that sustainable farming has become a necessity.

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    Food Systems
  • Lynedoch water and sanitation system

    Terry Dowling

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis (2007). Sustainable development in water and sanitation: a case study of the water and sanitation system at the Lynedoch EcoVillage Development.

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  • Oude Molen Scenarios Part 1

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    This is Part 1 of the Oude Molen Scenarios document completed in 2007 by the Oude Molen team led by John and Shannon Van Breda. This document was submitted to the Cabinet of the Western Cape Provincial Government to guide decision-making with respect to the Oude Molen Development in Cape Town's inner city. The Sustainability Institute was appointed in 2005 to project manage this development.

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  • Oude Molen Strategy doc

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

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  • Rural Renewable Energy

    Wikus Kruger

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Student Research

    Towards an appropriate framework for South African rural renewable energy provision. Thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the Mphil in Sustainable Development Planning and Management, December 2007. Based on a review of the literature on the potential of renewable energy provision in rural areas, this thesis critically reviewed a major renewable energy project in the Eastern Cape with major lessons for future projects.

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    Resource Efficiencies
  • Testing the Limits of Inclusive Capitalism: A Case Study of HP

    Ricarda McFalls

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Student Research

    Thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of a MPhil in Sustainable Development Planning and Management, March 2005. In this thesis the researcher has used the corporate citizenship literature to develop a critical analysis of Hewlet Packard's agreement with President Thabo Mbeki to set up an "i-community" in the poorest rural area in South Africa based on the assumption that information technology can drive the development process. The project was a failure and this thesis explains why.  

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  • The relevance, importance and applicability of corporate social and environmental responsibility

    Marie-Louise Louw

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis. A South African Case Studies by Marie-Louise Louw. This is an Mphil thesis that examines the approaches adopted by Rhodes University, Spier Wine Estate and Stellenbosch University towards social and environmental responsibility.

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  • Transforming Grabouw

    Gareth Haysom

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Student Research

    Gareth Haysom, a researcher at the Sustainability Institute who graduated Cum Laude with his MPhil in 2007, submitted this research project in partial fulfillment of his MPhil requirements. It is a project proposal for the replanning of Grabouw, Western Cape, along sustainable development lines.

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  • Philippi Strategic Development Framework

    Year: 2006

    Document type: SI Research & Publications

    Abstract

    This Strategic Development Framework (SDF) is a proposal for recycling the ruined grounds and derelict buildings of an abandoned cement factory in Philippi, Cape Town into a Sustainable Business and Residential Neighbourhood. The 12ha property, known locally as €˜the old cement factory is owned by The Business Place Philippi, a Section 21 company1 established by two large companies and two NGOs: Investec Bank, British American Tobacco, the Sustainability Institute, and Abalimi. 

    Of relevance to food systems researchers and practitioners is the incorporation of food and agricultural spaces and cycles into the SDF.

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  • A Figure/Ground Analogy for Integrating Sustainability and Planning

    Christelle Beyers

    Year: 2006

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis (2006). This work was based on assignments written by Christelle Beyers for various modules on the Mphil programme. Keywords: sustainability, sustainable development, planning, planning systems, figure ground analogy, footprinting, infrastructure, community participation, complexity

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  • Biodiversity Conservation and Land Rights in South Africa (Whither the Farm Dwellers?)

    Wendy Crane

    Year: 2006

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis (2006). South Africa is unique in that its globally significant biodiversity, which is under major threat, coexists with an apartheid history of dispossession that produced a starkly unequal land ownership pattern and widespread rural poverty. It is in this context that the post-apartheid government must fulfil constitutional and international obligations to safeguard environmental assets as well as undertake land reform benefiting the previously dispossessed. Consequently, there is a continuous challenge of reconciling complex and often conflicting relationships between poverty, inequitable access to resources, and the protection of biodiversity.

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