Upsetting the apple cart? Export fruit production, water pollution and social unrest in the Elgin Valley, South Africa

Matthijs Wessels*, Gert Jan Veldwisch, Katarzyna Kujawa, Brian Delcarme

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Abstract

This article explores the encounter between two contrasting visions of how the hydrosocial territory of the Elgin Valley of South Africa is, and should be, constituted and the conflicts over water pollution this gives rise to. It studies how poor urban dwellers try to upset the status quo of unequal access to land and water, which is linked to broader, historically entrenched, inequalities. White commercial farmers have succeeded in upholding the dominant hydro-territorial order by emphasizing the economic importance of their sector, by reducing complex political issues to technical challenges, and by capturing ‘democratic’ water institutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-205
Number of pages18
JournalWater International
Volume44
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2019

Keywords

  • fruit exports
  • Hydrosocial territories
  • rural-urban struggles
  • South Africa
  • water pollution

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