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Excerpt: Politicisation and Transformation at Boschendal in Winelands, Wealth and Work

Winelands, Wealth and WorkCorrine Cash and Larry Swatuk have shared a pre-publication draft of their chapter from Winelands, Wealth and Work: Transformations in the Dwars River Valley, Stellenbosch edited by CS Van der Waal. The book was recently launched at Solms Delta wine farm.

Cash and Swatuk’s chapter is titled “Boschendal: Politicization or transformation?”. The chapter examines the “Boschendal Sustainable Development Initiative as a case study in participatory planning practice in the Dwars River Valley” and looks at “how political volatility can sabotage even the most well-intentioned and thorough public and stakeholder engagement processes.”

This chapter uses the recent Boschendal Sustainable Development Initiative as a case study in participatory planning practice in the Dwars River Valley. The Sustainable Development Initiative is discussed in the context of the Stellenbosch municipality-wide Integrated Development Plan, which emerged out of a participatory planning process.

The Boschendal Sustainable Development Initiative is Boschendal’s response to the Dwars River Valley’s long history of inequality that dates back to when the Dutch first colonised the Cape. After a period of farming based on slave labour, a mission station was set up, creating the village of Pniel (and its twin Kylemore later on), as part of a system that limited the rights of indigenous people and the imported labourers of colour.

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