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Title:Rural Development in South Africa: Implications for Social Work Practice
Author:Molefe, S.P.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:South Africa
Southern Africa
Subjects:community development
rural development
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Development and Technology
Labor and Employment
social work
Social participation
Abstract:This paper on rural development in South Africa starts with a description of the shared characteristics of South Africa's rural communities, especially their lack of resources, which leads to a failure to gratify the aspirations of the inhabitants of these areas. It then describes the role of community involvement or participation in rural development, focusing on conscientization as an essential prerequisite for participation. The author also indicates the types of resources (human, natural, manufactured, organizational) which can be employed in rural development and he emphasizes the need to use these resources optimally. He describes obstacles to rural development such as illiteracy, traditions, and apathy and concludes with a discussion of rural development in postapartheid South Africa. Bibliogr., sum.