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Title:Towards achieving resilience at the rural-urban fringe: the case of Jamestown, South Africa
Author:Cash, CorrineISNI
Periodical:Urban Forum (ISSN 1874-6330)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:rural-urban relations
land use
urban planning
Abstract:The 'rural-urban fringe' is under assault worldwide, as cities expand in seemingly unstoppable growth, commonly known as 'urban sprawl'. As cities grow, this 'transition zone' becomes a contested area as various actors fight for space, with varying opinions on land use. This paper describes the decision-making dynamics governing land use in Jamestown, located in the rural-urban fringe, in Stellenbosch Municipality, South Africa. A fundamental lesson that emerged out of the research is that local outcomes are highly vulnerable to economic and political realities that may exist far from the area itself, resulting in clear winners, and 'losers', often depending on the ideological perspective of the individuals involved. The paper aims to draw out several lessons for planners and advocates of sustainable urban design: given the complex pressures governing land use in present day South Africa, what is there to be learned from this particular case in terms of 'best practice' and best / better ways forward? Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]