Small Distant Vulnerable Rural Communities (SDVRCs) in the Northern Cape

The Northern Cape has over 200 SDVRCs, many with little vision or hope for the future, other than survival • few prospects for progress • an increasing risk of negative external influences aggravating crime • degradation of natural resources and regional culture and heritage • gradual destruction of architectural heritage • declining economic activity • long term unemployment • low work ethics • poverty
  • Strengths

    Architectural heritage, authentic culture and language, fresh air, open spaces, great natural resources, silence, low crime rate, low cost of housing, and lifestyle simplicity.

  • Opportunities

    • Increasing focus and attention to development in this space by research institutions, universities, local and international NGOs and funding institutions.

    • Development of agricultural value chains opening up opportunities for agri-processing.

    • Increasing development of niche-tourism

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