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dc.contributor.advisorBallard, Richard.
dc.contributor.advisorFreund, Bill.
dc.creatorWilson, Matthew.
dc.date.accessioned2013-11-28T09:26:01Z
dc.date.available2013-11-28T09:26:01Z
dc.date.created2011
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10413/10114
dc.descriptionThesis (M.Dev.Studies)-University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, 2011.en
dc.description.abstractA longstanding trend in development studies literature has emerged that emphasizes the importance of addressing issues of power in all facets of development, including in the planning and design of development interventions. While top-down planning reinforces the view of the poor as impotent, powerless actors whose well-being is dependent upon the actions of others through concentration of decision-making power in the hands of those who take on the role of trustees, popular participation in planning empowers the poor by viewing the poor as competent, rational actors who are better suited to improve their own lives than any external expert. This research report analyzes the power dynamics involved in an attempt by an Australian mining company (Mineral Commodities Ltd) and the South African government to implement a mining project in the Xolobeni area of the Wild Coast of South Africa. The issue of popular participation has always been a large part of the debate of whether to approve the mining license. Opponents of the project claim that the process discouraged and even prevented local participation, while supporters claim variously that either sufficient local participation did take place or that local participation was unimportant because the project would improve the lives of local residents regardless of how much participation took place. This report aims to analyze the power dynamics that came into play throughout the long fight over the proposed mine and draw out whatever lessons can be learned regarding South Africa’s development process.en
dc.language.isoen_ZAen
dc.subjectEconomic development--Eastern Cape--Xolobeni.en
dc.subjectTitanium mines and mining--Eastern Cape--Xolobeni.en
dc.subjectMines and mineral resources--Eastern Cape--Xolobeni.en
dc.subjectPolitical participation--Eastern Cape--Xolobeni.en
dc.subjectTheses--Development studies.en
dc.titleEngaging top-down development in the Eastern Cape : a case study of the Xolobeni Mineral Sands Project.en
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