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- Item'n Alternatief tot die voorsiening van plaaswerker behuising(Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 1999-12) Stoumann, Deone; Pienaar, W. P.; Stellenbosch University. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Dept. of Geography & Environmental Studies.ENGLISH SUMMARY: South Africa is undergoing a process of rapid change focusing on the improvement of the living standards of previous disadvantage communities. In this context farmworkers are identified as an important part of such previous disadvantaged groups. Farmworkers in South Africa were traditionally housed through a system of tied-housing, which has resulted in their dependency on the farmer. This system is deeply rooted in the Western Cape and has a strong paternalistic base. For the first time in South African's history there is an opportunity for farmworkers to change or reduce their dependency. The new governmental subsidy scheme as well as the Draft policy for the implementation of long term security of tenure, present farmworkers 'with the opportunity to improve their living conditions, without the traditional ties to the farmer. Against this background agri-villages are considered as an alternative to traditional farmworker housing. An agri-village is a private settlement established and managed by a legal institution that is situated within an agricultural area and where residence is restricted to bona fide farm workers and their dependants. Security of tenure can be achieved according to a lease contract or usufract because the land and home stays the property of the legal institution. The theoretical and case studies that were undertaken indicated that the concept of agri-villages is in theory a viable strategy for farmworkers to reduce dependency. However agri-villages cannot merely be developed in every region in South Africa without taking cognisance of the specific needs and characteristics of each community.