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Submission on the Constitution 18th Amendment Bill

Submission on the Constitution 18th Amendment Bill The 18th Amendment Bill of South Africa’s constitution seeks to make changes to Section 25 of the Bill of Rights (the property clause) in order to make explicit the circumstances that would warrant the payment of nil compensation following the expropriation of land. The deadline for parliament’s ad-hoc committee to make amendments to…
Esté Beerwinkel
March 12, 2020
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Submission to amend the national policy for beneficiary selection and land allocation

Submission to amend the national policy for beneficiary selection and land allocation   This is the Institute for Poverty Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) submission to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on the national policy for beneficiary selection and land allocation. The analysis of the policy is based on our interpretation of the injunction in Section 25(5) of…
Esté Beerwinkel
March 11, 2020
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PLAAS Seminar: Is nationalisation and state custodianship of land a solution?

Is nationalisation and state custodianship of land a solution? Agrarian capital, kleptocracy and rural struggles in Mozambique Presenter: Boaventura Monjane PLAAS, University of the Western Cape The Constitution of the Republic of Mozambique establishes that land is state property and cannot be sold, or otherwise alienated, mortgaged or seized. As a universal means of creating wealth and social welfare, access…
Esté Beerwinkel
March 3, 2020
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PLAAS Seminar: Employment trends, tenure security and livelihoods for farm workers on land redistribution farms

Employment trends, tenure security and livelihoods for farmworkers on land redistribution farms Presenter: Nkanyiso Gumede PLAAS, University of the Western Cape South Africa’s land reform has failed to meet official targets and the public’s expectations. It has its winners and losers, but where do workers stand in all this? South Africa’s land policy identifies farm workers as a category that…
Esté Beerwinkel
February 25, 2020
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PLAAS Seminar: Expropriation without compensation, land reform and justice in South Africa

Expropriation without compensation, land reform and justice in South Africa Presenter: Prof. Ruth Hall PLAAS, University of the Western Cape The phrase “land expropriation without compensation” gained prominence in South African debates about land reform, property rights and constitutional amendment. The growing centrality of EWC as a political signifier—a meme of sorts—can be traced from the EFF’s entry into electoral…
Esté Beerwinkel
February 19, 2020
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Understanding the wave of modern ‘populism’

One of the most important international developments of the last five years has been the rise of what is commonly called 'populism' - a new form of mostly right-wing, disruptive and anti-establishment politics that has challenged the authority and the hegemony of the world order that has been in place since the end of the Cold War.   From the politics…
Esté Beerwinkel
January 31, 2020
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Call for applications: JPS Summer 2020 Writeshop in Critical Agrarian Studies and Scholar-Activism

Journal of Peasant Studies 2nd Writeshop-Workshop in Critical Agrarian Studies and Scholar-Activism 2020 Call for Applications The Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS), College of Humanities and Development Studies (COHD) of China Agricultural University (Beijing), Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape (PLAAS), Young African Researchers in Agriculture (YARA), Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC), and…
Esté Beerwinkel
January 21, 2020
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PLAAS Special Seminar: International World Fisheries Day, 21 November

PLAAS is hosted a special seminar on 21 November 2019 to celebrate International World Fisheries Day. Speakers explored the topic “Is there space for small-scale fisheries in the Blue Economy?”. Presenters Sabelo Mzileni, Kwa-Zulu Natal fisherman and deputy chair of Coastal Links KZN Elyse Mills, PhD student at Institute of Social Studies in the Hague and visiting scholar at PLAAS…
Esté Beerwinkel
November 12, 2019
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Land reform, accumulation and social reproduction – Public lecture by Prof. Ben Cousins

Land reform, accumulation and social reproduction: The South African experience in global and historical perspective   Public lecture, Cape Town, 28 October 2019 Prof. Ben Cousins   Land reform in post-apartheid South Africa has promised sweet satisfaction: justice, redress, repossession of stolen land and, for some at least, real opportunities for enhanced incomes and livelihoods within a restructured and dynamic…
Esté Beerwinkel
October 29, 2019