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Ben Cousins (2017). Land reform in South Africa is failing. Can it be saved? (Transformation 92)

By May 13, 2019No Comments

What is going wrong in South Africa’s post-apartheid land reform programme, and how can its failings be addressed? Twenty-two years after the transition to democracy and the commencement of land reform, there is a great deal of lived experience to reflect upon and a rich literature to draw on. Here I offer a diagnosis of failures, suggest a new narrative for land reform, and offer some provocations around alternative policies. The paper argues that the logic of land reform as a whole needs to be re-thought, rather than merely tinkering with details.  Read more…