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Title:Spatial and Organizational Complexity in the Dwars River Valley, Western Cape
Author:Van der Waal, C.S.ISNI
Periodical:Anthropology Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:local history
physical planning
land use
social relations
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Ethnic and Race Relations
Politics and Government
Development and Technology
Abstract:Access to land and housing in South Africa is of great importance to a range of actors, leading to contested processes and complex organizational interactions. Using the anthropology of organizations and a process ethnographic approach, the author investigates the spatial and organizational complexity in the Dwars River Valley. The different actors identified include white commercial farm owners, a range of organizations in four villages with different histories, mainly inhabited by a coloured population (Pniel, Kylemore, Lanquedoc and Johannesdal) and organizations that influence events from outside the valley, including government bodies, notably Stellenbosch municipality, and NGOs. The contested spatial transformation of a part of the valley indicates how new forms of land use lead to conflict between farm workers and developers and how the quest for heritage conservation impacts on the development of luxury properties. The case study reveals how spatial and organizational complexity is based on processes that contain both continuity and transformation. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]