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New Directions in Land Reform?

Venue: School of Public Health, UWC
Date: 17 Apr 2018
Time: 13:00 to 14:00

Presenter: Prof Ben Cousins, DST-NRF Chair at PLAAS, UWC

President Cyril Ramaphosa has stated that expropriation without compensation for purposes of land reform will be undertaken in South Africa in a manner that does not jeopardise the agricultural sector, food production and investment. This reminds us that land reform is about more than simply the redistribution of land – it has to contribute to eradicating poverty and reducing inequality, but land reform to date has largely failed to improve the livelihoods of beneficiaries. Clearly, we need fresh approaches that combine the political necessity to achieve ‘equitable access’ to land and natural resources, with measures that support rising incomes for the poor. What might these be? This presentation will summarise proposals for new land reform legislation recommended by the High Level Panel of Parliament chaired by Kgalema Motlanthe. It will also suggest new ways to think about the rural economy, and emphasize the transformative potential of land and agrarian reform.

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