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    • Biodiversity and the South African wine sector: a successful blend? 

      Bridgman, Corrie (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2009-03)
      The acceleration of biodiversity loss is understood to threaten the ecosystems upon which life on earth depends. Existing conservation approaches have proved insufficient to stem global biodiversity losses. Mounting ...

    • Biogeographical patterns of endemic terrestrial Afrotropical birds 

      De Klerk, Helen Margaret; Crowe, T. M.; Fjeldsa, J.; Burgess, N. D. (Wiley-Blackwell, 2002)
      Biogeographical zones are described for terrestrial bird species endemic to the Afrotropics using up-to-date distributional data and multivariate statistical techniques. This provides an objective basis for a hierarchy ...

    • Breaking down the binary : meanings of informal settlement in southern African cities 

      Groenewald, Liela; Huchzermeyer, Marie; Kornienko, Kristen; Tredoux, Marius J.; Rubin, Margot; Raposo, Isabel (HSRC Press, 2013)
      Informality is a ubiquitous characteristic of urban life in Africa and elsewhere. Although the phenomenon of informality is loosely understood as the strategies and institutions that develop beyond the regulatory framework ...

    • Carbon sequestration and trading potential in semi-arid South Africa : a Karoo case study 

      Paviour, Sarah-Jane (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2014-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The succulent thicket plant community of South Africa, particularly Portulacaria afra (in this study referred to as spekboom), occurring in the Thicket Biome, sequestrates an exceptional amount of carbon ...

    • Change in land cover and water abstraction : modelling runoff effects in the Bot River Catchment 

      Stipinovich, Amalia (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2005-12)
      River basins have long been attracting human settlement and development, promising water and fertile lands (Newson 1992). The Bot River Catchment on the southern coast of South Africa is no exception. However, much of ...

    • Climate change in the Western Cape : a disaster risk assessment of the impact on human health 

      Louw, E. J. M. (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2007-12)
      Background The Disaster Management Act (Act 57 of 2002) instructs a paradigm shift from preparedness, response and recovery towards risk reduction. In order to plan for and mitigate risks, all spheres of government must ...

    • CLUES : a web-based land use expert system for the Western Cape 

      Van Niekerk, Adriaan (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2008-12)
      GIS has revolutionized geographic analysis and spatial decision support and has greatly enhanced our understanding of the real world though it’s mapping and spatial modelling capabilities. Although GIS software is becoming ...

    • Community/neighbourhood park use in Cape Town : a class-differentiated analysis 

      Willemse, Lodene (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2010-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to determine how class differentiation influences local residents‟ perceptions, preferences, needs and use of community/neighbourhood parks in the City of Cape Town. The research ...

    • A comparison of land unit delineation techniques for land evaluation in the Western Cape, South Africa 

      Van Niekerk, Adriaan (Elsevier, 2010-07)
      Land evaluation, an integral part of land use planning, has been established as one of the preferred methods to support sustainable land use management. In essence, land evaluation aims to compare and match each potential ...

    • A comparison of selected satellite remote sensing techniques for mapping fire scars in limestone fynbos 

      Smit, Walter J. (Walter Johan) (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2001-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: There are many reasons to conserve fynbos. Not only does fynbos form part of the Cape floral kingdom, one of the richest floral kingdoms in the world, but the contribution that it makes to the regional ...

    • A comparison of supervised and rule-based object-orientated classification for forest mapping 

      Stephenson, Garth Roy (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2010-03)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Supervised classifiers are the most popular approach for image classification due to their high accuracies, ease of use and strong theoretical grounding. Their primary disadvantage is the high level of ...

    • Contesting space in urban Malawi : a lefebvrian analysis 

      Mwathunga, Evance Evan (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2014-04)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Cities in Malawi continue to be sites and spaces of resistance, struggle and contest over urban spaces. Since the introduction of colonial modernist planning with its adherence to segregation through ...

    • Corridor development in Gauteng 

      Brand, Andre; Geyer, Hermanus Stephanus; Geyer, Hermanus Stephanus Jr (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch UniversitySpringer Verlag, 2015-10)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The development corridor concept has been regarded as an important development instrument in spatial planning and geography for many decades. Expanding literature on the theme indicates that development ...

    • Crime analysis and police station location in Swaziland : a case study in Manzini 

      Tengbeh, Sahr (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2006-03)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Criminal activity and police station locations have an inherent geography that needs to be understood in order for crime prevention strategies to be reasonably effective. This study analysed the ...

    • Crime in the rural district of Stellenbosch : a case study 

      Davids, Arlene Joy (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2004-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: One of the most distressing criminal activities has been the attacks on farmers since 1994 and for many years now our farming community has been plagued by these senseless acts of brutality. Since the ...

    • Data availability and requirements for flood hazard mapping in South Africa 

      Els, Zelda (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2011-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Floods have been identified as one of the major natural hazards occurring in South Africa. A disaster risk assessment forms the first phase in planning for effective disaster risk management through ...

    • Determinants of house prices in Hout Bay 

      Van der Walt, Stephan (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2010-03)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The research problem addressed in this study is how to ascertain the primary determinants of house prices in Hout Bay. This overarching aim encompasses three interwoven aspects. The research attempts ...

    • Developing the vine : commercialisation and commodification of the wine tourism product in the Stellenbosch Wine Region 

      Scott, David, G. (David George) (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2004-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Wine tourism is emerging as an increasingly significant phenomenon in wine-producing regions throughout the world. The Stellenbosch Wine Region (SWR) is no exception and has experienced dramatic changes ...

    • Development of a GIS for sea rescue 

      Meyer, K. C. (Kobus Cornelius) (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2003-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Saving the life of another person cannot be measured in monetary terms. It is also impossible to describe the satisfactiori of carrying out a successful rescue to anybody. However, the disappointment ...

    • The development of a visualization tool to assist topographic map users 

      Van den Heever, Johannes Lodewikus (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2002-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The recognition and description of relief features from their contour patterns is recognized as the main challenge in topographic map education. Conducting field exercises can solve this problem, but ...