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Rural transport and climate change in South Africa: Converting constraints into rural transport adaptation opportunities

James Chakwizira
Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies | Vol 11, No 3 | a718 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jamba.v11i3.718 | © 2019 James Chakwizira | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 July 2018 | Published: 03 July 2019

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James Chakwizira, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa


This study explored the implications of climate change for rural transport in South Africa. The article was seeking to convert existing rural transport adaptation constraints into rural transport adaptation opportunities. Challenges and constraints to rural transport adaptation transitions were also explored. The research methodology adopted was a review of the literature and references to case study examples. Then a four-stage multi-analytical approach was used to unravel and decode the major rural transport and climate change issues in South Africa. Consequent to the analysis, a framework of analysis for strongly integrating climate change to rural transport interventions was advanced. The findings indicated the existing rural transport adaptation measures and options in South Africa. The article concludes by highlighting the complexity and intricate dynamic nature of interactions, networks and systems that impact rural South Africa. Recommendations revolve around properly situating rural transport and climate change within the wider rural development challenges and matters facing contemporary South Africa.


Rural Transport; Climate Change; Impacts; Interventions; Framework; South Africa.


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