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Land Reform in South Africa: A crash course for journalists

Venue: Event takes place in Cape Town & Johannesburg
Date: 16 Apr 2018 to 19 Apr 2018
Time: 9:00

Land Reform in South Africa A crash course for journalists PLAAS has, since 1995, provided independent evidence-based policy advice and engaged in public debate about land reform and related matters. In recent months, we have been overwhelmed with demands to engage with the media. We now propose a short half-day course on various aspects of land reform. 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. In each area, we will aim to provide background to the controversial issues; what was meant to be done (legal and policy requirements); what has actually been done (implementation and outcomes); the spectrum of options and opinions; and ideas for media stories and questions to be addressed.

Dates and Venues: 

Cape Town: Monday 16 April 2018. Venue:  University of the Western Cape

Johannesburg: Thursday 19 April 2018. Venue: 107 Central StreetHoughtonContact person: Khalil 076 420 1898


  • 09.00 History of land dispossession and negotiations in political transition
  • 09.30 Land redistribution
  • 10.00 Land restitution
  • 10.30 Post-settlement support and agrarian reform
  • 11.00 Tea & coffee break
  • 11.30 Communal areas and traditional authorities
  • 12.00 Farm dwellers & labour tenants
  • 12.30 Urban land reform
  • 13.00 The ‘property clause’ in the Constitution
  • 13.30 Close & lunch

The course is presented by PLAAS at UWC (Ruth Hall and Ben Cousins), in collaboration with the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of SA, and with the support of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

RSVP: Please download and complete the form and return to by close of business on Wed 11 April 2018