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Water users’ associations from the users’ perspective: local water management at Thabina irrigation scheme, Limpopo, South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Orne-Gliemann, Maud
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-13T09:32:48Z
dc.date.available 2011-01-13T09:32:48Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation ORNE-GLIEMANN, M. 2008. Water users’ associations from the users’ perspective: local water management at Thabina irrigation scheme, Limpopo, South Africa. TD: The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa, 4(1):1-29, Jul. [http://dspace.nwu.ac.za/handle/10394/3605] en
dc.identifier.issn 1817-4434
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/3921
dc.description An earlier version of this paper was presented at the “International Conference on Exploring Transdisciplinary Discourses: Water, Society and the Environment in Africa” organized by the North West University’s Vaal Triangle Campus. The author owes special thanks to Dr. Maurits Ertsen for his support in the editing of this paper as well as for his challenging, demanding but benevolent remarks during the conference. en
dc.description.abstract At a time when the South African water department and a circle of water experts in the country are defining their position on water users’ associations (WUAs), this paper looks at people’s actions and perceptions of local water management as a fundamental factor to understanding small farmers’ interactions with these newly established institutions. It presents the preliminary results of a community study conducted at Thabina irrigation scheme, Limpopo, between September 2007 and April 2008. This study offers an original approach to analyzing the scheme’s difficulties and, without providing a representative image of smallholder irrigation schemes in South Africa, it allows for interesting preliminary reflections around small farmers’ perceptions of water management and local water management institutions. The study of perceptions is not new, nor does it belong as an analytical tool to one or other academic discipline. In order to fully grasp this complex and multidimensional object, a transdisciplinary approach is therefore applied and implemented in the field by using an innovative set of methods: interviews, verbal associations and participatory photography. The advantages and difficulties related to the use of a perception and transdisciplinary approach are discussed. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Local water management en
dc.subject Water user associations en
dc.subject Perceptions en
dc.subject Smallholder irrigation schemes en
dc.title Water users’ associations from the users’ perspective: local water management at Thabina irrigation scheme, Limpopo, South Africa en
dc.type Article en


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