Research & Future Projects
Lindela Mjenxane is currently completing his master’s in Social and Environmental Anthropology from the University of Cape Town (UCT).
Lindela through his thesis is of the premise that nature more specifically mountains can be a source of healing.
A platform to be used as a coping mechanism by those who are confronted by their social challenges and who find it difficult to deal with them.
His empirical study is inspired by his 14 years of personal experience with Table Mountain National Park and other mountains.
Thesis key Chapter’s Outline
Lindela Mjenxane has decided to broaden his research interest to climate change for his PhD research, he plans to start later this year at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The research aim is to investigate the effects of Climate Change in the rural areas of Lady Frere in the Eastern Cape and explore possible adaptation strategies to lessen its impact on the distressed rural communities. Turpie & Visser (2013) insists that rural people are believed to be particularly vulnerable to climate change. Their vulnerability is not attributed to climate change only but it is additionally affected by a combination of social, economic and environmental factors that interact with it.
Key Areas of Study
Eastern Cape province is facing the longest severe drought in history, due to the impact of climate change. This means that millions of people in the entirety of Eastern Cape do not have access to drinkable clean water, which is their basic human right. Mugambiwa & Tirivangasi 2017; Ziervogel et al. (2006) insists that climate change has adversely affected agricultural productivity in Africa. There is ample evidence that reveals that Africa and other developing countries face more challenges from climate change because of poor adaptation mechanisms in place (Enete & Achike 2008; Jagtap 2007; Nwafor 2007). Climate change has impacted negatively in agriculture and livestock farming, which are the main sources of livelihood in the rural areas of Eastern Cape. Several studies on climate change have focused on industrialized urban areas, whilst rural communities have largely been ignored