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Wednesday, November 25 • 10:00 - 11:30
D31: Spatial expansion in peri-urban zones of small rural towns in South Africa

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The aim of the workshop is to showcase the research findings from the SASUF Project (2018-2020) on ‘Spatial challenges from peri-urban expansion of small rural towns in South Africa’. The research targets current urbanization trends in South Africa’s marginalized peri-urban areas of small rural towns where the demand for services such as housing, water, sanitation, electricity, schools, health clinics, work opportunities, and transport facilities is rapidly growing. In addition, the ecosystem services and benefits derived from the ecological functions of the natural ecosystems are also discussed. These services are crucial for well-being of people, and development planning for peri-urban zones of small rural towns more generally. In the workshop, the findings from cases studies of Makhado Biaba and other small rural towns in South Africa are presented and analyzed. The best practices on similar experiences from Sweden are also showcased.  Keywords: small rural towns, peri-urban, spatial, livelihoods, public & ecosystems services.

  • Moderators: Trynos Gumbos, Univ of Johannesburg and, Marie Thynell, Univ of Gothenburg, 
  • An overview of the project and, peri-urban areas and small rural towns in South Africa; and methodology used to collect data: Emaculate Ingwani and Per Schubert 
  • Ecosystem services and benefits derived from the ecological functions of the natural ecosystems – a Swedish perspective: Nils Ekelund 
  • TOD, Transit Oriented Development - Verna Nel
  • The impacts of peri-urban expansion and municipal service provision: Experiences from Makhado Biaba Town: Luminosa Rutendo Gurure
  • Livelihoods  pathways  in peri-urban  zones of  small rural towns: Experiences  from Makhado Biaba Town: Shonisani Felicia Phaswana
  • Rethinking the growth centers strategy as key to local economic development: Lessons from Makhado Biaba Town: Winny Ngudo Nthange


Trynos Gumbo

Full Professor, University of Johannesburg
Prof Trynos Gumbo is a C2 NRF rated researcher and a SACPLAN Registered Professional Planner; who is currently working as a Full Professor and leader of the Sustainable and Smart Cities and Regions (SSCR) group within the Department of Urban and Regional Planning within the Faculty... Read More →

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Nils Ekelund

Professor at the Department of Natural Science, Mathematics and Society, Faculty of Education and Society, Malmö Univers, Malmö University
I am a professor in biology and I am interested in research questions regarding climate change, ecosystem services, urbanization, teaching science etc.

Emaculate Ingwani

Senior Lecturer, University of Venda
I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Venda. I am holder of a PhD in Sociology (Stellenbosch University), and a Master of Urban and Rural Planning (University of Zimbabwe) with more than 10 years’ teaching and research experience... Read More →
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Marie Thynell

Research interest: Urban studies, Socio-economic relations, Infrastructure, Inequalities, Environment & Sustainable Transport.

Wednesday November 25, 2020 10:00 - 11:30 CET
Zoom Room F