Author(s): M. P. Sebola & L. de W. Fourie
The concept of “community participation” is regarded as a tool to assist in
ecotourism and local economic development in rural communities.
concept is arguably the best in achieving successful development objectives,
there is often a missing link in its implementation process, and hence a failure to
achieve the expected objective.
This article, therefore, argues that community
participation in Maleboho Nature Reserve cannot occur fully because of the
misunderstanding among the role players as to how it should be facilitated and
monitored by the government institutions.
This article will, therefore, limit its
relevance to the contextualisation of the concept community participation in
ecotourism and the research findings at Maleboho Nature Reserve.
community participation, ecotourism, communal nature reserve,
Induna, Paramount chief.
Kanyane  refers to the concept “community participation” as nothing other
than community members taking part or sharing in some community activity or
Other concepts, such as “public participation” and “civil participation,”
are interchangeably used to refer to community participation.
It can, however, be
argued that the concept may not only be limited to the active taking part in the
event, but also to the effect that people have been consulted on the event, in
which instance they were given the option to say” yes” or” no” to its
Consultation is, therefore, an important characteristic of
Consultation may not necessarily mean active
It may simply mean that the community might have been informed
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Paper DOI: 10.2495/ST060181
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