The Zululand Centre for Sustainable Development 


ZCSD promotes the establishment of self-supporting Agrivillages, in a quest for Rural sustainability, Housing, Food-security and the opportunity to improve the quality-of-life for generally underemployed 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 feedstock requirements.

As the Rural Agri-Village grows,, additional concentric "layers" are encouraged,  so that each family
can attain "ownership" or stewardship 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 typically 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,  
                 B
    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