English: Past experience, specifically in the regional context in South Africa, shows that
development of land and the use of land for physical projects and buildings
has had some negative effects on the environment.
Recently developers have tended to be more sympathetic regarding the pos
sible negative influence of project development. The challenge is to match
economic, environmental, health and social sustainability with growth, in respect
of small projects, or small benefits from big projects.
Lessons from nature, wildlife and environment as well as results of a study con
ducted by the department of quantity surveying and construction manage
ment, University of the Free State, on rural sustainability will be discussed.