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2012 Karoo Development Confence Beaufort West

DAY 2: MONDAY, 15 OCTOBER

 SESSION 1: SETTING THE SCENE

1. The impact of strong education systems on regional development
Prof Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor and Rector, University of the Free State

2. Keynote presentation: Linking social and economic development to the Karoo biome
            Prof Richard Cowling, Research Professor, Nelson Mandela Metro University

 

 SESSION 2: KAROO HERITAGE

1. The Kukummi project – On Water, Landscape and Memory amongst the /Xam San and their descendants in the Karoo
Prof John Parkington, Prof Emeritus, Department of Archaeology, UCT; Dr Jose Manuel de Prada-Samper, post-doc scholar, UKZN; Mr Neil Rusch, publisher; and Dr David Morris, Head of Archaeology, McGregor Museum, Kimberley

2. Re-defining heritage: The re-evaluation of heritage conservation
Mr Elwyn. D. Harlech-Jones, Independent Researcher, Steytlerville and Rhodes University

3. Karoo Wabi-Sabi: The transfiguration of the commonplace
Dr Mark Ingle, Centre for Development Support, University of the Free State

4. Does the National Heritage Act protect our Karoo heritage?
Dr Judy Maguire, Independent researcher, Prince Albert

 SESSION 3: ECOLOGY AND MINING IN THE KAROO

1. Fracturing Time and Place: Karoo Archaeology and Mining
Dr Sven Ouzman, Iziko Museums of South Africa

2. Managing conservation corridors in the Karoo
Mr Matthew Norval, Wildnerness Foundation

3. Fair Game: Human-Wildlife Conflict and Advocacy in the Karoo
Mr Bool Smuts, Landmark Foundation

4. Possible economic benefits of the potential shale gas resources in the southern Karoo of South Africa
Mr Rob Jeffrey, Managing Director/Bestuurende Direkteur, Econometrix (Pty) Ltd

5. Potential environmental risks and impacts of mining in the Karoo
Dr Sue Milton, Renu-Karoo, Prince Albert

6. The development of an interactive vulnerability map to assess the potential environmental and socio-economic impacts of unconventional gas mining by means of hydraulic fracturing in South Africa
Ms S Esterhuyse, Dr A Kijko, Dr Nola Redelinghuys, Ms A Smit, Mr F Sokolic and Ms Marthie Kemp - Centre for Environmental Management and Department of Sociology, University of the Free State

DAY 3: TUESDAY, 16 OCTOBER

 SESSION 4 : KAROO TOURISM

1. Tourism networks in the regional Karoo economy
Mr Gavin Heath, School of Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal

2. From the Camdeboo to the Hantam: Four old tannies‟ take on the Karoo
Ms Ursula van Harmelen, Independent researcher, Grahamstown

3. Blockhouses: blockheads or block letters of the Karoo
Prof Wally Peters, Department of Architecture, University of the Free State

4. Towards a Cross-Border Tourism Master Plan for the Karoo
Mr Peter Myles, Tourism Specialist, Tournet Africa

 SESSION 5 : AGRICULTURE IN THE KAROO

1. "Karoo Lamb" as a Geographic Indicator: Does it set a precedent for Karoo agriculture?
Prof Johann Kirsten, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Pretoria

2. Sheep breeding in South Africa: New challenges and how we should react to it
Mr. S.W.P. Cloete, Department of Animal Sciences, Stellenbosch University

3. Graaff-Reinet and Springbuck Ranching: any chance for a better future?
Dr Thula S. Dlamini, Agricultural Research Commission, and Prof Gavin Fraser, Department of Economics, Rhodes University

4. The impact of changed land use on farmland values and valuations in the Nama Karoo
Mr J S F Wessels (Department of Quantity Surveying and Construction Management) and Prof & BJ Willemse (Department of Agricultural Economics), University of the Free Statea

5. Stimulating economic growth in Karoo towns: The role of commonage farmers
Prof Doreen Atkinson, University of the Free State; Mr Clement Cupido and Mr Igshaan Samuels, Agricultural Research Commission

 

 SESSION 6: SMALL TOWNS AND COMMUNITY RESILIENCE

1. The 'invisible' Karretjiemense of the Great Karoo: Managing Poverty, Marginality and Migrancy in the Karoo
Prof Mike de Jongh, Anthropologist, UNISA/KDF

2. Lessons from the Enterprise Dynamics of Towns of the mid-Karoo
Dr Daan Toerien, Centre for Development Support, University of the Free State

3."Civic culture" and Local Economic Development in Karoo towns
Ms Deidre van Rooyen, Centre for Development Support, University of the Free State

4. Rabbits, rehabilitation and rural development:  A model for intersectoral sustainability in the Karoo
Dr. Christy Bragg, Programme Manager, Endangered Wildlife Trust

5. Faith-based community development: Building bridges in Karoo towns
Prof Kobus Schoeman, Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, and Ds Carin van Schalkwyk, NG Church, Philippolis

6. Patience and perseverance in Poverty Alleviation Initiatives: A case study of Pearston in the Karoo
Ms Jade Jacobsohn, Sophakama Community Partnership