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The Crisis in South Africa’s Land Reform Programme: Diagnosis and Remedy?

Venue: PLAAS Boardroom
Date: 28 Feb 2017
Time: 13:30 to 14:30

Presenter: Professor Ben Cousins, DST/NRF Research Chair in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, UWC

The ‘Land Question’ is increasingly at the centre of South Africa’s national politics. This is despite perceptions that the rural economy is only marginally relevant to efforts to create jobs and reduce poverty and inequality. Why is this? In part because the land reform programme is in crisis, and rising anger from rural communities over slow or non-delivery of land, continuing insecurity of land rights and inadequate provision of support services is beginning to reach boiling point. At the same time, commercial farmers are increasingly uncertain of their future. How does one make sense of these developments? What is the future of land reform in South Africa? How can the long-standing challenges be addressed?