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n Acta Academica - The impact of cross-border movement on South African towns on the Lesotho border

Volume 39, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0587-2405

Abstract

This article investigates the impact of cross-border movement from Lesotho to the eastern Free State towns of Ficksburg, Ladybrand and Wepener. The many Basotho who visit these towns have a tangible impact on economic activity and service provision. The findings include, among other things, the major economic benefits for the border towns and the impact on South Africa's health and education services. Stakeholders attributed both the fast growth of informal settlements and the high rate of unemployment to the movement of Lesotho citizens, but this could not be verified. Policy recommendations include the need to facilitate the flow of people and to garner reliable information on which to base planning and decision-making.


In die artikel word die impak van die oorgrensbeweging van die bevolking van Lesotho na die Oos-Vrystaatse dorpe Ficksburg, Ladybrand en Wepener ondersoek. Die groot getalle Basotho's wat die grensdorpe besoek het 'n betekenisvolle impak op ekonomies aktiwiteite en diensverskaffing. Die bevindinge sluit onder meer in die omvangryke ekonomiese voordele vir die grensdorpe en die beperkte impak op Suid-Afrikaanse gesondheidsdienste en onderwys. Alhoewel rolspelers die snelle groei van informele nedersettings en hoë werkloosheid toeskryf aan die teenwoordigheid van die burgers van Lesotho, kan dit nie bevestig word nie. Beleidsaanbevelings behels onder meer die behoefte om die vloei van die mense te reguleer en die behoefte aan betroubare inligting vir toekomstige besluitneming en beplanning.

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