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oa Litnet Akademies : 'n Joernaal vir die Geesteswetenskappe, Natuurwetenskappe, Regte en Godsdienswetenskappe - Enkele tendense en uitdagings op die koppelvlak van bevolking, ontwikkeling en omgewing in Suid-Afrika

 

Abstract

Sedert die in 1998 in die Parlement ter tafel gelê is, was daar toenemende erkenning van owerheidskant van die verwantskap en interaksie tussen bevolking, plek en ontwikkeling, asook die koppeling tussen menslike aktiwiteite en die omgewing. Die tendense en veranderinge in, asook die status van, die onderlinge verhoudinge tussen bevolking, omgewing en ontwikkeling - dit wil sê, die sogenaamde Bevolking-Omgewing-Ontwikkeling-koppelvlak - moet deurlopend gemonitor en geëvalueer word ten einde rekord te kan hou van die vordering wat gemaak word in die verbetering van die lewensgehalte van Suid-Afrikaners. Hierdie artikel besin oor enkele tendense en veranderinge in die Suid-Afrikaanse bevolkingstruktuur oor die afgelope tien jaar, dit wil sê sedert die in 1998 van stapel gestuur is. So 'n besinning is noodsaaklik om die breër koppelvlak van bevolking, omgewing en ontwikkeling in die land toe te lig en, meer spesifiek, om sommige van die opkomende stukragte en sleuteluitdagings wat op hierdie terrein lê, te verken. Die artikel is grootliks gebaseer op navorsing wat onderneem is vir die tienjaar-oorsig van die 1998- in opdrag van die Hoofdirektoraat : Bevolking en Ontwikkeling (Departement van Sosiale Ontwikkeling). Die artikel se fokus val egter hoofsaaklik op die bevolkingsfaktor binne die drieledige skakel, en spesifiek op (i) 'n oorsig van die vernaamste demografiese tendense en veranderinge oor die afgelope tien jaar en (ii) hoe hierdie veranderinge ineensluit om die toekomstige dinamika en uitdagings op die koppelvlak van bevolking, omgewing en verandering in die land te rig.

Since the was tabled in Parliament in 1998, there has been a growing recognition by government of the relationships and interaction between people and place and development, and the links between human activity and the environment. The trends and changes in, and status of, the relationships between population, environment and development - i.e. the Population-Environment-Development nexus - must be continually monitored and assessed in order to track the progress made in improving the quality of life of all South Africans. This article reflects on some trends and changes in the South African population structure over the past ten years, i.e. since the launch of the 1998 . Such a reflection is essential in order to inform the broader interface of population, environment and development in the country and, more specifically, to explore some of the emerging dynamics and key challenges at the interface of population, environment and development in the years to come. The article is mainly based on research conducted for the ten-year review of the (1998) as commissioned by the Chief Directorate : Population and Development (National Department of Social Development). For purposes of the article, however, the focus falls mainly on the population factor of the nexus, and specifically on (i) the demographic trends and changes over the past ten years and (ii) how these changes interlock to inform future dynamics and challenges at the interface of population, environment and development in the country.

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