The Zululand Centre for Sustainable Development 

ZCSD promotes the establishment of self-supporting Agrivillages, ina quest for Rural sustainability, Housing, Food-security and the opportunity to improve the qualityof life for generally unemployed rural people in Southern Africa.

Amandla Resources

ARD supports and encourages the adoption of this planned approach to Rural Upliftment as a contributing dynamic for the securing of future BioMass supply for its BioMass-to-Energy initiatives.

Community amenities is considered a primary, essential requirement that wilre positive community  relations and enable the joint development of the BioMass programmes that  are needed to sustain the Amakhosi Power Co feedstock requirements.

As the Rural Agri-Village grows, additional concentric "layers" is encouraged,  so that each family
can attain "ownership" of additional land to expand its commercial enterprise. 


Agri-Village Composition:

Each Agri-village is proposed, with e.g. 36 homesteads arranged in a Concentric circle (where practical), around the center-core - where the village water fountain and  supply-point is located. 

Village Services and Amenities are planned for the area in the inner circle, immediately surrounding the water service-point.

These may include;

Education Zone:

  • Skills Development ,
    Training and ABET centre,
    Rural Schools.
  • Early Childhood Development centres

  • Social Services offices

                Community Centre with Clinic and  
                Agricultural Extension Services,

  • Business/ Light Industries Zone;

                 Community Produce Market,
                 Mini-craft industries facilities,
                 Building block manufacture,
                 Produce Packing,
                 Drying &  Freezing facilities,  
    uilding & Construction work.

  • Recereation Zone
                 Sports Fields 

    The Schematic layout shown here (left) provides a diagrammatic representation of a typical core of useful services envisaged for each Rural Agri-Village.

    Water supply can be from an existing rural potable water pipeline (if available) or from boreholes or natural spring or from an spring or via an extraction point on a nearby stream or river.

    Water cleaning or purification systems may be needed to complete this essential service!Acknowledgments to ZCSD for these accompanying graphics