Dumphries economical development policy
For the first time in over 100 years, Dumphries has one plan covering the whole of A,B and C area. The Dumphries Economical Development Policy (DEDP) provides a clear and consistent planning framework. Once adopted, the DEDP will be the policy that all people of Dumphries will follow in line with development.
The DEDP sets out policies and proposals relating to the development and use of land in the Dumphries area. The policies in the DEDP will be used to determine future planning applications. The planning system rests on the powers which planning authorities have to manage development and to take enforcement action against breaches of planning control. When appropriate, the board will remove, modify or stop unauthorized developments and changes of use. These powers are used at the discretion of the board.
The DEDP will also inform decisions on investment opportunities and the provision of infrastructure and community facilities. It is hoped that local residents and community groups use the DEDP to better understand and get involved in the planning issues affecting their areas.
Dumphries is an underdeveloped, growing village. This growth continues even in this time of economic instability. This growth needs to be guided and shaped in order to maintain and promote those assets and to develop the area. That’s what this policy is for. We will use this plan to provide a clear and fair basis for planning decisions, which in turn provides a stable framework for investment in Dumphries. This Proposed DEDP has been prepared taking in to account the hundreds of comments received during consultation. The plan will be forwarded to Amashangaan traditional authority, municipal and local government department. We wish to thank everyone who provided input at this stage. The Proposed DEDP will now be made available for representations, which we will consider carefully before progressing the plan towards its adoption.
Aims and Strategy
The challenge for this Dumphries economic Development Policy (DEDP) is to help make Dumphries to be the best place it can be, for everyone, now and in the future. This is not an easy challenge. We are living in tough economic times when difficult choices have to be made between competing priorities. In facing this challenge, the DEDP aims to:
- Support the CDF and municipality in all the area of development.
- To create the jobs for the people of Dumphries.
- To make Dumphries to be tourist destinations.
- To help and support all agriculture cooperatives.
- To help the peoples of community to start the cooperatives.
- To fight corruptions in all department.
- look after and improve our environment for future generations in a changing climate and
- Help create strong, sustainable communities, enabling all residents to enjoy a high quality of life.
These aims are inter-linked and each can have impacts, both positive and negative, the role of the DEDP is to balance these aims and to maximise the benefits of development for the good of Dumphries.
There’s no doubt tourism is fantastic for a local community. We are the peoples of Dumphries from now on we want to become a tourist destination. We put all the old plans that did not work into past and we focus in the future. We will need all the support from all stakeholders, this will include the private reserves that are close to us, Amashangaan tradition authority, municipality of bushbuckridge and all the business that are around. We are welcoming the new road from Dwarsloop / bushbuckridge to MP stream that will connect to Dumphries road. We will use this road in to our advantage, the tourist will come with it to our community and to sabi sands. We will ask sabi sands to open the big gate in Dumphries so the tourist can use it to come inn and out of the reserves, with this we will do whatever it take to please sabi sands to open the gate for us. The gate will not be use by the tourist only, staff and the delivers too.
A sound understanding of how tourism functions in destinations is required, including how tourism income is distributed and who benefits from this. Bringing tourists into a community will gives it new life, and creates opportunities for entrepreneurs to establish new services and products, or facilities that would not be sustainable based on the local population of residents alone. Tourists are all potential customers, and with the right approach can be targeted in a business strategy that allows for fantastic success.
Tourism can provide direct jobs to the community, such as tour guides or hotel housekeeping. Indirect employment is generated through other industries such as agriculture, food production, and retail. Visitors’ expenditure generates income for the local community and can lead to the alleviation of poverty in Dumphries.
Infrastructure development such as airports, roads, schools, hospitals, and retail areas have the potential to benefit the local community and can aid economic development by allowing more trade and better flow of goods and services. The competitiveness and economic success of tourism businesses and destinations is critical to poverty alleviation without this the poor cannot benefit.
It can be a source of pride for local communities, and allows them to look at their history and cultural heritage and develop their own community identity. This helps the local residents to maintain their traditions and culture, while also showcasing it for all the visitors. This advantage of tourism is what has saved many local heritage sites from destruction, in addition to giving tourists a wonderful insight into the local ways of life. Tourism can help to preserve the history of a region that may be at risk of being lost.
We have to create the center and free market center that the local peoples can use to sell they home made goods to tourist. It will be the work of the board to talk to the government/ municipality to help us building the center. We have noted that the price of training institute for hospitality is too high at the moment, E.G to be training to be ranger or guide. The board have to work hand, so that the peoples of Dumphries get training.
Impacts of tourism on poverty alleviation should be effectively monitored
The community is rich with the marula and we will use it to create jobs for the local peoples. The community of Dumphries need to do marula themselves. The preliminary machinery is needed for the first phase. The final product will be send to phalaborwa or to partnership with them.
The are so many product that will be created from marula, and we have to use this to create jobs to our peoples. It will be the work of the board to come-up with the best plans to make this work. This will include the following:
To talk to marula company in phalaborwa so that they can create the base in Dumphries.
To search the investors that will be interested to make the product from marula.
To inter into agreement with the all stake holders who want to be involved in developing this product.
Mining of sand
Dumphries at the moment is bless with the sand from the river and the other four small river namely: sand river, sinef, hlangani and mangwazi. It need to be manage in a mina the will benefit Dumphries. We also need to take in to account the soil erosions before we do the mining site. With surrounding developed communities depending on us when it comes to the sand, we have no choice but we have to make them pay. They have to get the permit from the relevant authorities and also pay the local fees.
10% will be change in any load of sand that is mining in Dumphries. All the parties that are doing the business with the sand or other resources from Dumphries have to pay the local fees in Dumphries.
The community of Dumphries will remain the beneficiary of all materials and resources from their own communal land. This will include to use the money in:
Developing the community
Marketing the community.
The NPO organisations.
Orphans children at schools