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Factors that influence regional resilience planning in Central Karoo, South Africa

Elizabet Dimitrova, Masilonyane Mokhele
Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies | Vol 14, No 1 | a1265 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jamba.v14i1.1265 | © 2022 Elizabet Dimitrova, Masilonyane Mokhele | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 November 2021 | Published: 28 April 2022

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Elizabet Dimitrova, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Informatics and Design, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa
Masilonyane Mokhele, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Informatics and Design, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa


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Abstract

Applied in various disciplines, the concept of resilience has become a catchword in academic and policy discourse across the world. Despite the rapidly growing interest, there is a dearth of literature on resilience in the context of rural areas. To contribute towards extending the existing knowledge, this article analyses factors that influenced the low levels of incorporation of regional resilience in the plans (spatial development frameworks [SDFs]) that guide planning and development in a rural region of Central Karoo, South Africa. The study that the article draws upon revolved around qualitative interviews conducted with seven key informants who were knowledgeable about social, economic and environmental challenges as well as planning and development in the Central Karoo region. The semi-structured interviews were conducted through the online platform of Microsoft Teams. Against the background of low levels of incorporation of regional resilience in the plans that have a bearing on planning and development in the Central Karoo region, it was discovered that the lack of knowledge, financial and human resource constraints and a lack of synergy between different stakeholders were the main reasons for the inadequate incorporation of regional resilience in the subject SDFs. To improve this state of affairs, it is recommended that the stakeholders in the region be empowered on matters pertaining to regional resilience. In terms of empirical research, it is recommended that future studies go beyond the analysis of the content of plans in the manner of this article and analyse the actual regional resilience of rural areas.


Keywords

regional resilience; Central Karoo; South Africa; resilience planning; Western Cape; Beaufort West; Prince Albert; Laingsburg

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