Researcher calls for relocation of San people

2014-04-17 09:30

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Cape Town – Indigenous people are key to ensuring sustainable use of land in South Africa, especially as the country faces issues of climate change, a researcher has found.

According to a UCT researcher the Khomani San are pivotal to helping conserve the land around the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

Based on a report on IOL Johane Dikgang’s new research investigated land reconstruction, commercial grants, poverty and conservation in the Kgalagadi area.

Dikgang took factors such as farming, migration, household income and housing services into account.

The main findings were that the Khomani San, if introduced into the park, would not hinder conservation and would in fact help conserve the land more effectively.

Dikgang’s research illustrated that more than 90% of people who were surveyed within the area supported the idea of conservation on communal land.

Moreover the research showed that there is real potential to create revenue, by involving the Khomani San and South Africa’s national parks.

Dikgang believes that the study’s findings may be extremely helpful in creating relevant policy on how to allocate resources and how to address poverty in under developed areas.
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