Land is one of the most highly politicised issues in South Africa today. Since 1994 the government has adopted policies, passed laws and implemented programmes to achieve land restitution, land redistribution and land tenure reform. These different programmes are targeted at different sectors of the population – small-scale farmers, ‘emerging’ commercial farmers, the rural poor, farm workers, people living in communal areas – and each has different aims and mechanisms. In addition, there have been significant changes in how land reform is implemented, reflecting shifting politics within the ruling party and its alliance. So assessing the effectiveness of land reform policies is complex, and made even more complex by the myths perpetuated by politicians and other commentators who are not armed with land reform facts.
This one-day workshop seeks to clear the muddy waters around land reform, and equip journalists with the tools to interrogate both land reform policies and the various statements politicians, activists, farmers and others make about land reform. The workshop will clarify issues around the ‘willing buyer, willing seller’ principle, land expropriation, budgets for land acquisition and farmer support, farm evictions, women’s land rights, traditional leaders and traditional councils, foreign land ownership and more. The workshop will also provide journalists with useful reference material to use when covering land reform issues, and ideas about key land reform questions that are not being answered by current land reform policy and practice.
Participation, including teas and lunch is covered for all journalists who register, but travel and accommodation should be covered by the journalist or their employer. To participate, please fill in the registration form.