Land Use Changes at Ezulwini Peri - Urban Area in Swaziland (1992-2012)

Authors(3) :-Sithole T. N., Salam A., Al-Hosani N.

Swaziland is facing varying rates of urbanization and this directly affects lands use changes. This study was designed to investigate the land use changes at Ezulwini peri-urban area from 1992 to 2012 and to evaluate how the land use changes have affected the lives of the people in the area. Questionnaires and GIS techniques were used to conducting the study. Open and closed ended questionnaires were directed to residents of study area. Result shows that land use changes took place at the study area and settlements were swallowing agricultural land. The causes of land use changes were development of the local town, low agricultural returns and the construction of a major road. Land use changes brought affluent and educated people to the study area. Residents responded by selling their fields, building rental houses and seeking formal employment. The study concluded that land use changes affect livelihood and governance of peri-urban residents.

Authors and Affiliations

Sithole T. N.
Department of Geography, Environmental science and Planning, Kwaluseni, University of Swaziland, Swaziland
Salam A.
Department of Geography and Urban Planning, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE
Al-Hosani N.
Department of Geography and Urban Planning, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE

Agricultural Land, Heads of Households, Land Use, Peri-Urban, Urbanization

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List of acronyms

EZDR Ezulwini Development Report
LMB Land Management Board
MHUD Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
M0EPD Ministry of Economic Planning and Development
NHP National Housing Policy
PUGP Peri-Urban Growth Policy
SNL Swazi Nation Land
TDL Title Deed Land 

Publication Details

Published in : Volume 1 | Issue 3 | May-June 2015
Date of Publication : 2015-06-25
License:  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Page(s) : 334-348
Manuscript Number : IJSRSET151373
Publisher : Technoscience Academy

Print ISSN : 2395-1990, Online ISSN : 2394-4099

Cite This Article :

Sithole T. N., Salam A., Al-Hosani N., " Land Use Changes at Ezulwini Peri - Urban Area in Swaziland (1992-2012), International Journal of Scientific Research in Science, Engineering and Technology(IJSRSET), Print ISSN : 2395-1990, Online ISSN : 2394-4099, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.334-348, May-June-2015.
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