The impact of cross-border movement on South African towns on the Lesotho border

SOURCE: Acta Academica
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2007
TITLE AUTHOR(S): J.Viljoen, M.Wentzel
KEYWORDS: CROSS BORDER MIGRATION, LESOTHO
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 5133
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/5550
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/5550

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Abstract

The article investigates the impact of cross-border movement from Lesotho to the eastern Free State towns of Ficksburg, Ladybrand and Wepener. The many Basotho who visit these towns have a tangible impact on economic activity and service provision. The findings include, among other things, the major economic benefits for the border towns and the impact on South Africa's health and education services. Stakeholders attributed both the fast growth of informal settlements and the high rate of unemployment to the movement of Lesotho citizens, but this could not be verified. Policy recommendations include the need to facilitate the flow of people and to garner reliable information on which to base planning and decision-making.