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(both: vĕlt, Du. fĕlt) [Du.,=field], term applied to the grassy undulating plateaus of the Republic of South Africa and of Zimbabwe. The veld comprises territory of varying elevation—the highveld (4,000–6,000 ft/1,220–1,830 m), the middleveld (2,000–4,000 ft/610–1,220 m), and the lowveld (500–2,000 ft/150–610 m). The highveld, the largest of the plateaus, is in the Republic of South Africa. Abundant crops of potatoes and corn are grown, large cattle herds are grazed, and industrial and mining centers are found there.
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the name for the arid plateaus, covered with xerophytic grasses and shrubs, west of the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa.

The veld is formed by a series of steps that descend to the Kalahari trough and the valley of the Limpopo River. The highveld, between the Orange and the Vaal rivers, descends from a height of 2,000 m in the northeast to 1,200 m in the southwest and is composed of horizontal deposits of sandstone and shale of the Karroo system. The surface is covered with a dense, grassy cover approximately 1 m high. In the Witwatersrand Range, north of the highveld, are the most important gold and uranium deposits in the Republic of South Africa. Between the Vaal River and the upper reaches of the Olifants River is the middleveld (altitudes of 1,500-1,000 m), which is similar to the highveld in geological sructure. It is covered in the west with xerophytic shrubs, and in the east with grasses. In the Kimberley region there are diamond beds, and diamonds are mined. North of the city of Pretoria lies the bushveld (altitudes of approximately 900 m), which is composed of volcanic rocks and covered with thickets of thorny shrubs (species of acacia). The lowveld (altitudes of 800-300 m) extends from the bushveld to the Limpopo River; it is a leveled surface of Precambrian crystalline base. The veld is a savanna with baobabs and mopani trees.

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, veldt
elevated open grassland in Southern Africa
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Barrell, R Gurney, A and In't Veld, JW, (1991 ), 'The introduction of wealth into a model of the world economy', paper presented at MMB Conference, Warwick, July 1991.
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Nieteenstaande die fokus op die veld, kan ons in die ontplooiing van sy verhaal deurlopend duidelik aflei dat mense ook vir hom belangrik is.
But it is highly regrettable that the fundamental rights of EU citizens have been bargained away under pressure," said Veld.
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Volunteers on the Veld; Britain's citizen-soldiers and the South African War, 1899-1902.
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Later het hulle uitgesien na die lang stap oor die kaal stuk veld, want naby die rivier was die twee oumas wat vir hulle kos gee, wat stories vertel en hulle beentjies met vet smeer.
The last time these sides met on the High Veld - 2000 in Johannesburg - the Springboks were 46-40 winners.
Association president, Commissioner Eugene in het Veld of the Rotterdam River Police, said: 'The challenges which face all of us policing Europe's ports are immense.
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This domain represents the inner world of the women and it is where the children and family are nurtured and take sanctuary from the harshness and inhospitability of the African veld.