Managing urbanising rural settlements in Botswana: A case study of Kanye
Urbanising rural settlements form a significant proportion of urban settlements in Botswana. About 59 percent of Botswana’s urban population is accounted for by this emerging genre of settlements. State policies and strategies aimed at the management of these settlements are contained in various planning documents aimed at different spatial levels. This paper looks at how the different plans contribute to the management of the urbanising settlements. Through an empirical investigation of Kanye, the paper argues that the majority of the plans play a marginal role in the growth and expansion of urbanising rural settlements. This is attributed to a complex interplay of both structural and operational challenges that range from problematic alignment of the plans, inadequate definition of responsibilities over plan implementation and management and absence of budget commitment for most of the planning documents. The apparent challenges cast doubt on the justification for the continued preparation of the plans in their current form.
Key words: Urbanising rural settlements; Kanye