Original Research - Special Collection: Institutional Structures and Processes

Are peri-urban land transactions a disaster in the making? A case of Domboshava, Zimbabwe

Emaculate Ingwani
Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies | Vol 11, No 3 | a708 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jamba.v11i3.708 | © 2019 Emaculate Ingwani | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 June 2018 | Published: 03 July 2019

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Emaculate Ingwani, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa


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Abstract

Peri-urban communal areas close to bourgeoning cities in sub-Saharan Africa are increasingly under various disaster threats, from social, environmental and institutional perspectives, as a result of urbanisation and migration. Residents of these communal areas have taken land matters into their hands, which leads to diverse land transactions. This study aimed to emphasise risks and hazards arising from land transactions taking place in a peri-urban zone of Domboshava, Zimbabwe, situated close to Harare, the capital city. Land transactions in this area include land exchanges through buying, renting and, in some cases, land grabbing. Because land transactions are on the increase in Domboshava, risks and hazards could potentially develop in social, environmental and institutional terms. Appropriate planning techniques and principles are solely needed to avoid potential disasters.

Keywords

Customary Land Tenure; Land Transactions; Peri-Urban; Risks; Hazards; Disaster

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