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Title: An evaluation into Nambiti Private Game Reserve as a tourism contributor towards socio-economic sustainable development of local communities
Authors: Dladla, Simphiwe Sandile Justice 
Keywords: Private Game Reserve;Tourism;Socio-economic;Sustainable development;Local community;Ecotourism
Issue Date: 2022
This study focuses on the contribution of the Nambiti Private Game Reserve as a tourism
attraction towards improving the welfare of the local community of Cremin through a
socio-economic sustainable development. The primary focus of tourism growth is to make
the most of socio-economic gain amongst the neighboring communities. This is however
not always the case as most rural communities adjacent to private game reserve, national
parks and heritage sites are among the least developed communities in the Republic
South Africa. it is, therefore, necessary for this study to examine and evaluate whether
rural communities residing near private game reserves, heritage sites and national parks
are benefiting socially and economically. The purpose of this study is to determine if
Nambiti Private Game Reserve has an important responsibility in social and economic
sustainable development of Cremin community.
For purpose of this study, both qualitative and quantitative methods of research are
applied in a form of a case study approach. The benefits of using a qualitative approach
involve that of collecting more in-depth information from respondents which enables the
researcher to examine respondent’s experience in detail through research tools such as
the semi-structured interviews, whereas quantitative research generates statistics using
large-scale survey research using tools such as questionnaires with closed-ended
questions. The study was undertaken to examine the contribution of the Nambiti Private
Game Reserve towards ensuring that the welfare of the Cremin community is improved
socially and economically.
This study was conducted in the Cremin region which had a total number of 21
households as of 2006 which than grew to 58 households with a population of 174 in 2016
(STASSA, 2011). The Cremin region falls under the uThukela District in Klipriver and is
25 kilometers from Ladysmith, Kwazulu-Natal. This study plays a key role in the exposition of the contribution of the Nambiti Private Game Reserve to emancipate the
community while at the same time it reveals challenges that are faced by all the concerned
stakeholders especially the Nambiti Private Game Reserve authorities to achieve the
principles of sustainable development of the local community of Cremin.
A dissertation submitted in fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Management Science: Ecotourism, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa, 2021.
Appears in Collections:Theses and dissertations (Management Sciences)

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