The Geography of South Africa

Contemporary Changes and New Directions

  • Jasper Knight
  • Christian M. Rogerson

Part of the World Regional Geography Book Series book series (WRGBS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Jasper Knight, Christian M. Rogerson
    Pages 1-4
  3. Physical and Environmental Geography

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Stefania Merlo
      Pages 15-26
    3. Paul A. M. Nex, Judith A. Kinnaird
      Pages 27-35
    4. Jasper Knight, Jennifer M. Fitchett
      Pages 37-45
    5. Jennifer M. Fitchett
      Pages 47-55
    6. Jemma M. Finch, Michael E. Meadows
      Pages 57-69
    7. Catherine Sutherland, Bahle Mazeka
      Pages 71-80
    8. Jasper Knight
      Pages 91-101
    9. Chris C. du Preez, Elmarie Kotzé, Cornie W. van Huyssteen
      Pages 111-121
  4. Human Geography

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Clinton D. van der Merwe
      Pages 133-141
    3. Stephen Greenberg
      Pages 143-151
    4. Gijsbert Hoogendoorn, Etienne Nel
      Pages 153-158
    5. Jane Battersby, Gareth Haysom
      Pages 169-178
    6. Ruth Massey, Ashley Gunter
      Pages 179-185
    7. Christian M. Rogerson
      Pages 187-194
    8. Gustav Visser
      Pages 195-202
    9. Christian M. Rogerson, Jayne M. Rogerson
      Pages 213-220
  5. South Africa and the Contemporary World

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 319-326

About this book


This edited collection examines contemporary directions in geographical research on South Africa. It encompasses a cross section of selected themes of critical importance not only to the discipline of Geography in South Africa, but also of relevance to other areas of the Global South. 

All chapters are original contributions, providing a state of the art research baseline on key themes in physical, human and environmental geography, and in understanding the changing geographical landscapes of modern South Africa. 

These contributions set the scene for an understanding of the relationships between modern South Africa and the wider contemporary world, including issues of sustainable development and growth in the Global South. 


Land Surface Processes and Landscape Evolution Climate Change on the Southern Hemisphere Environmental and Natural Resources Environmental Management in South Africa Sustainable Development in the Global South Economic Development in Southern Africa Spatial Change Environmental Geography of South Africa

Editors and affiliations

  • Jasper Knight
    • 1
  • Christian M. Rogerson
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Geography, Archaeology & Environmental StudiesUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa
  2. 2.School of Tourism and HospitalityUniversity of JohannesburgJohannesburgSouth Africa

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