The program focuses on:

  • Management of Grazing lands

  • Rangeland Monitoring

  • Integrated Management of Problem Plants

  • Rangeland restoration/rehabilitation

The prediction of primary production of natural rangelands in South Africa is essential in the planning of interventions for improving livestock management and production. The prediction of vegetation production promotes the optimum use of rangelands, while fodder flow planning encourages competitive livestock production. The setting of sustainable production estimates (grazing capacity) ensures sustainable livestock production systems.

Rangeland Ecology, Forage and Management

Rangeland Ecology

Farming Systems

Forage Technology

Ruminant Nutrition

Among others, this program focuses in the following:

  • Understanding global and local drivers of problem (encroaching, invading and poisonous) plants in rangelands communities.

  • The extent and effects problem plants in South African rangelands

  • Develop ecologically friendly methods of managing problem plants in rangelands

In general, veld degrade through overgrazing and can only be halted or reversed through the provision of technology based on empirical data. This programme co-ordinates research in environments that have been transformed to such an extent that they require considerable outside intervention in order to reclaim or stabilise them. Examples include, inter alia, mobile dunes of the southern Kalahari, areas previously used for exotic trees and mine tailings, and degraded communal rangelands.


  • Training of students and farmers on basic principles of managing veld and pastures

  • Veld condition assessment of farms to determine carrying capacities and stocking rate

  • Development of fodder flow plans




Dr Ntuthuko Mkhize


Tel: +27 (0) 33 343 8148