Rural development

APF Criticises Government Over RDP Houses

The Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF) has blamed government for the death of a 49-year old Limpopo woman who was crushed to death when a pile of bricks fell on her during a storm that damaged RDP houses in Hoedspruit.

APF spokesperson, Silumko Radebe, said: "It is a fact that the quality of RDP houses is of a poor standard and the government doesn't hide this point."

IOL has quoted Radebe as saying, “A storm is a natural disaster that we don't plan for and it can hit at anytime causing havoc... but for me they (government) are the guilty party”

Two Limpopo Orphans Get RDP House

The Limpopo Department for Local Government and Housing and the Mogalakwena Municipality have handed a four-roomed house to two homeless orphans in near Mokopane.

The sisters, one of whom dropped out of school in Grade 11 and the other deaf, had been kicked of the house they lived in by their uncle following the deaths of their parents in 1988 and in 2000.

Umhlaba Bursary Scheme

Deadline: 31 October 2008

Umhlaba Consulting Group, innovators in institutional, skills and rural development in South and Southern Africa, invites applications for its Bursary Scheme.

Will you be a master’s student in 2009 in a discipline relevant to Socio-Economic Development including Rural Development, Labour Market and Skills Development?

The Promise and the Perils of Agricultural Trade Liberalisation

The Promise and the Perils of Agricultural Trade Liberalisation: Lessons from Latin America explores ways in which developing countries can promote agriculture and rural development. Published by the Tufts University’s Global Development and Environment Institute, the report seeks to answer the question of whether these policies have produced sustainable rural development. It examines both the promise of agricultural trade liberalisation for developing countries and its perils.

Motlanthe Urges Africa Use Land for Food

President Kgalema Motlanthe has urged African countries to prioritise land for food production following recent experiences of social unrest caused by communities unhappy with global food inflation.

Speaking at the first extraordinary summit of the African Peer Review Forum in Benin, Motlanthe warned that farmers around the continent are being enticed to switch to biofuel crops, which could result in less land available for food production and a rise in food prices.

Understanding and Applying the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach

The African Institute for Community-Driven Development in partnership with the Centre for Development Support at the University of the Free State is conducting a three-day certificate course on Managing Sustainable Livelihoods: Understanding and Applying the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach from 3-5 November 2008 in Johannesburg.

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