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"Multi-Stakeholder Perspectives On Approaches For Addressing The Incidence Of Urban Public Open Space Encroachment: The Case Of Freedom Square, Bloemfontein

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dc.contributor.author Sinxadi, Lindelwa
dc.contributor.author Awuzie, Bankole
dc.contributor.author Campbell, Maléne
dc.date.accessioned 2023-05-08T07:29:15Z
dc.date.available 2023-05-08T07:29:15Z
dc.date.issued 2020-12
dc.identifier.citation Sinxadi, L., Awuzie, B. & Campbell, M. 2020. Multi-stakeholder perspectives on approaches for addressing the incidence of urban public open space encroachment: The case of Freedom Square, Bloemfontein. Town and Regional Planning, no.77, pp. 137-148. en_US
dc.identifier.other http://dx.doi.org/10.18820/2415-0495/trp77i1.10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11462/2464
dc.description Article en_US
dc.description.abstract Several studies have investigated the extinction of urban public open spaces in South Africa. However, a fixation by such studies on well-established primary cities has been noticed, whilst limited attention has been paid to emerging major cities. In addition, findings from these studies have resulted from the perspectives of either planning entities’ representatives or representatives of the communities associated with open space encroachment. This implies the absence of a systemic and multistakeholder engagement. This article contributes towards bridging these observed gaps through the elicitation of multi-stakeholder perspectives on the enablers of urban public open space encroachment in major cities, using a Mangaung Metropolitan exemplar. Adopting a qualitative case study research design, data were gathered using semi-structured interviews and focus-group interviews. Participants were purposively recruited from Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality planning department and community members residing in Freedom Square township, Bloemfontein. The data were analysed using thematic analysis. Significant enablers identified include low levels of sustainability literacy, low levels of citizen participation in the planning process, and planners’ inability to manage extant value conflicts. The findings from this study contribute to a broader study that seeks to develop an urban open space planning and management framework for forestalling the incidence of encroachment in major cities. Accordingly, this study’s findings have practical implications for relevant planning stakeholders who are keen on curbing the incidence of urban open space encroachment in South African townships. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Town and Regional Planning, no.77, pp. 137-148 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Town and Regional Planning,;no.77, pp. 137-148.
dc.subject Bloemfontein en_US
dc.subject Encroachment en_US
dc.subject Sustainable neighbourhoods en_US
dc.subject Urban public open space en_US
dc.title "Multi-Stakeholder Perspectives On Approaches For Addressing The Incidence Of Urban Public Open Space Encroachment: The Case Of Freedom Square, Bloemfontein en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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