Southern Africa Collection

The Grassland Society of Southern Africa (GSSA) is involved and concerned with the science and practice of range and pasture management. This broad field involves primarily the use and conservation of natural resources. It encompasses applied fields such as livestock production, wildlife management, nature conservation, water catchment management and range and mine-dump rehabilitation. The disciplines include, amongst others, ecology, botany zoology, range and pasture science, animal science, soil science and genetics. This collection includes journal articles from the African Journal of Range and Forage Science as well as related articles and reports from throughout the Southern African region.

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Grassland Society of Southern Africa
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GSSA
PO Box 41
Hilton
3245
South Africa
Total Entries in Collection: 
3603

Records in Collection

Published: 2011
Over the past few years, agribusiness, investment funds and government agencies have been acquiring long-term rights over large areas of land in Africa. Together with applicable national and international law, contracts define the terms of an...
Published: 2010
The purpose of this report is to provide an analysis of the impact of the global financial crisis ("the crisis") on financial flows to the water sector in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). To gain an insight into the impact requires first of all...
Published: 2002
Lantana camara (lantana), a thicket-forming shrub, a number of different varieties of which were introduced into South Africa as ornamental plants but which has become a serious invasive weed. Conventional control measures for lantana are expensive...
Published: 2010
Book review of Taking action on climate change: Long-term mitigation scenarios for South Africa
Published: 2010
Climate change and a growing demand for freshwater resources due to population increases and socio-economic changes will make water a limiting factor (in terms of both quantity and quality) in development. The need for reliable quantitative...
Published: 2011
The widespread provision of water points in protected areas in semi-arid savannas has supported associated increases in cumulative grazing pressure. This study addresses the management implications of artificial water provision which causes the...
Published: 2011
Cities must go further and further away to find new, more costly sources of water for human consumption while industries and agriculture continue to compete for increasingly scarce water resources. This may already be seen occurring within the...
Published: 2006
The Ngorongoro Crater is a volcanic caldera located within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania. The Crater comprises a flat grassland plain surrounded by steep, bushy walls. It contains extremely high densities of animals and is...
Published: 2005
dewey class number: 633.2009684 Full text also available online. Scroll down for electronic link.
Published: 2008
Sound understanding of the influence of scale and context on ecological patternprocess relationships is lacking in many systems. The hierarchical patch dynamics paradigm (HPDP) provides a framework for addressing spatio-temporal heterogeneity, but...
Published: 2009
Species possess characteristics that are considered adapted to burning and these allow them to outcompete species and dominate in fire prone environments. It has therefore been proposed that fire might have played a critical role in the observed...
Published: 2006
Summary in English and Afrikaans. Also issued on CD-ROM.
Published: 2007
South African dairy farmers have generally used kikuyu pasture to tide them over from one ryegrass season to the next, and as a result of its resilient nature, have assumed careful management of it to be unnecessary. This has resulted in its...
Published: 2011
Globally, ecosystems provide services of almost twice the value of global gross national product (Costanza et al., 2006). The Buffalo City Municipality (BCM), South Africa contains biodiversity of national and international importance (Pierce, 2003...
Published: 2007
The effect of livestock type (cattle-to-sheep ratio) and stocking rate on grassland species richness and vegetation composition were tested using two long-term trials in Highland Sourveld Grassland at the Kokstad Agricultural Research Station in...
Published: 2006
Wildfire prediction and management is an issue of safety and security for many rural communities in South Africa. Wildfire prediction and early warning systems can assist in saving lives, infrastructure and valuable resources in these communities....
Published: 2006
Abstract: The KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg, South Africa, is predominantly a grassland ecosystem maintained by fire. The effect of the current burning regime on invertebrate and flowering forb diversity in this ecosystem is poorly understood. The...
Published: 2010
The Great Escarpment forms a semi-continuous mountain system 5 000 km long, stretching from Angola in the north-west, south through Namibia, and into western, southern and eastern South Africa, including Lesotho and Swaziland. It is composed of a...
Published: 2008
Accelerated erosion is a major environmental, social and economical threat in South Africa. It is estimated that in excess of 400 million tones of soil is lost every year in South Africa, with much of this erosion being attributed to improper land...
Published: 2009
Commonage is land that is usually found adjacent to a town, which is owned by the local municipality and acquired through state grants or, historically, through the church. Since the new government dispensation in 1994, poor and previously...
Published: 2009
To redress past discrepancies in land tenure, the ANC government acknowledged that land needs to be made accessible to the previously disadvantaged, announcing that commonage would be a pillar of their land reform programme. Municipal commonage is...
Published: 2008
This research investigated the role played by traditional leaders in environmental governance in the context of decentralization, based on a case study of grass utilization in QwaQwa. Specifically, the research focussed on weaving practices under...
Published: 1997
A history ofland degradation is reconstructed in a part of the dividing ridge between the Great Fish and Keiskamma rivers, in Peddie District, former Ciskei. The study entails a comparative investigation of the progressive changes in land use,...
Published: 2007
Grazing lands in Eritrea are degraded due to decades of overstocking and consequent overgrazing. Since the rangelands are accessible to entire village communities, organisation and coordinated decision making regarding the management of these...
Published: 2010
Biomass burning contributes significantly to the global concentrations of greenhouse gases and aerosols in the atmosphere (Fishman et al., 2003, Kaufman et al., 1998). The African continent is responsible for a large proportion of these emissions,...
Published: 2010
The spatial and temporal patterns of fire in Africa south of the equator are described and investigated to test hypotheses on the main drivers of fire. In particular, the relative importance of climate, vegetation, and human activities are assessed...
Published: 2001
Summary in English and Afrikaans
Published: 2005
The replacement of indigenous grasslands by commercial forestry plantations on the mountainous eastern escarpment of South Africa, has inevitably led to alteration of nutrient cycling. The overall objective of this study was to determine the...
Published: 2009
Internationally there is an increasing focus on involving local communities in natural resource management and monitoring. Monitoring methods which are professionally driven appear to be inadequate to deal with the monitoring of natural resource use...
Published: 2011
Boreholes in the Kruger National Park (KNP) was at first developed to increase the number of animals that were at low densities because of poaching, diseases, fencing and low permanent water availability. This development of artificial waterholes...
Published: 2010
Land use and land transformation are major threats to biodiversity. Only a small percentage of land and thus biodiversity is protected within reserves. The majority of biodiversity lies in the hands of private and communal farmers and in order to...
Published: 2009
The Minerals and Petroleum Resources Act (MRPDA) No 28 of 2002 of South Africa states that the holder of a mining permit remains liable for environmental consequences until a closure certificate has been issued, but does not stipulate the...
Published: 2006
The effects of fire and mechanical clearing were investigated for their potential in assisting with the eradication of Chromolaena odorata (previously Eupatorium odoratum). The study was divided into two focus areas, the first focused on mechanical...
Published: 2009
Land degradation is a global problem affecting many countries including South Africa. This study was conducted in order to assess and monitor the nature and extent of land degradation within Qoqodala in the Eastern Cape Province, of South Africa....
Published: 2010
The project was initiated by Eastern Cape Parks (ECP) as a request for the construction of inventories of priority species and their population levels inside three nature reserves on the Eastern Cape Wild Coast, South Africa, and to develop a...
Published: 2000
A comparison of soil degradation between communal grazing and controlled grazing was undertaken in the Victoria-East district of the Eastern Cape. The study was undertaken in the communal rangeland of Dyamala village and the University of Fort Hare...
Published: 2009
The decommissioning of mines and mining-related activities brings about the onset of rehabilitation. A legacy that most coal mines must address is the rehabilitation of the coal discard dumps that are generated by the beneficiation process of the...
Published: 2000
The Mceula Commonage Land in the Hewu district lies due northwest of Whittle sea and west of Queenstown in the Eastern Cape. This thesis has two main objectives. Firstly, to survey and analyse the condition of the natural resource. base in the Hewu...
Published: 2005
The overall aim of the study was to investigate re-vegetation of disturbed sites, using nursery grown plugs (from seedling trays) of Themeda triandra, Heteropogon contortus and Hyparrhenia dregeana in order to reach practical management guidelines...
Published: 2007
Summary in English and Afrikaans. Also issued in printed format.
Published: 2009
A highly variable invasive shrub, Lantana camara L. (Verbenaceae), has been notoriously difficult to control thus far despite a well established biological control programme in South Africa. A promising leaf-feeding biological control agent,...
Published: 2011
The Savanna biome covers around 60% of sub-Saharan Africa. The goods and services it provides are utilised and often depended upon by rural communities, commercial farmers and managers of conservation areas existing within it. The benefits derivable...
Published: 2011
The 28-month study assessed the impacts of five syntopic medium-sized mammalian browsers and one fire event in a woodland savanna in the Matobo Hills, Zimbabwe. Aspects of herbivory, mechanical pressures, seed dispersal and nutrient cycling were...
Published: 2007
The Grassland biome of South Africa has been identified as critically endangered and the biome in South Africa most requiring conservation attention through the implementation of efficient, sustainable systematic conservation plans. The ability to...
Published: 2009
Also issued on CD-ROM. Summary available in English and Afrikaans
Published: 2010
The focus of this study is to explore and expand farmer learning processes in sustainable agriculture workplace contexts. It examines change oriented learning processes in the context of three sustainable agriculture practices. The study begins by...