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Title:Shoring Up Hydraulic Despotism: Class, Race and Ethnicity in Irrigation Politics in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
Author:Holbrook, GregoryISNI
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:traditional rulers
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Politics and Government
Ethnic and Race Relations
Development and Technology
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External links:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02589009808729623
Abstract:The Tyefu irrigation scheme, a small capital and labour-intensive irrigation project along the Fish River in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa, has been remarkably successful in achieving many of its stated aims. The implementation of the scheme, from its origins in 1976, was carefully planned, particularly with regard to the economic aspects, and physical implementation closely approximated conceptual planning. Side by side with this, however, was a series of related, local political events, which provide an example of the ways in which class, race and ethnicity (i.e. the division between Xhosa and Mfengu immigrants) intersected in the context of development in apartheid South Africa. Central to this case study, which covers the period from initial implementation of the scheme to just after the political coup that toppled the Ciskei National Independence Party (CNIP) government in 1990, is the role of local leadership. Bibliogr., notes, ref.