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Makuleke Land Claim: Power relations and community-based natural resource management, The

C Steenkamp, J Uhr

Working paper, 26 pages

The article investigates the power relations that emerged around a CBNRM programme and a land claim by the Makuleke community of the Northern Transvaal Province of South Africa. The land from which the Makuleke were forcibly removed in 1969 was incorporated into the Kruger National Park. Under post-apartheid land tenure reform legislation the community was now able to reclaim the land that they had lost. In spite of 'progressive' new policies of the South African National Parks (then the National Parks Board) and top level political support for the Makuleke claim, a drawn out bargaining process ensued between the community and the conservation authorities.

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