The Land Question in South Africa:
The Challenge if Transformation and Redistribution
Edited by Lungisile Ntsebeza and Ruth Hall
Published by HSRC Press, 2007
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The extent to which indigenous people were dispossessed of their land by whites in South Africa under colonial rule and apartheid has no parallels on the African continent.
Since the advent of democracy in 1994, issues at the heart of the land question in South Africa are how to reverse this phenomenon and how a large-scale redistribution of land can contribute to the transformation of the economy and the reduction of poverty, both rural and urban. The Land Question in South Africa debates these issues against the backdrop of a land reform programme that made limited headway in the first decade of South Africa’s democracy. The book offers a robust assessment of that programme and raises critical questions for its future.
Edited by Ntsebeza and Hall, the volume includes contributions by leading scholars and activists such as Mercia Andrews, Henry Bernstein, Ben Cousins, Sam Moyo, and Cherryl Walker, and government and World Bank officials such as Glen Sonwabo Thomas, Rogier van den Brink and Hans Binswanger. This book is bound to have wide appeal among activists and students, as well as academics, researchers and policymakers.
Lungisile Ntsebeza and Ruth Hall
Part One: Regional Context and Theoretical Considerations
Agrarian questions of capital and labour: some theory about land reform (and a periodisation)
The land question in southern Africa: a comparative review
Part Two: Perspectives on existing policy and new directions for the future
Transforming rural South Africa? Taking stock of land reform
Land redistribution in South Africa: the property clause revisited
Redistributive land reform: for what and for whom?
Agricultural land redistribution in South Africa: towards accelerated implementation
Rogier van den Brink, Glen Thomas and Hans Binswanger
Struggling for a life in dignity
Agrarian reform and the ‘two economies’: transforming South Africa’s countryside
About the Editors
Lungisile Ntsebeza is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Cape Town and a Chief Research Specialist in the Democracy & Governance research programme of the HSRC. Since 1995 he has focused on the South African land reform programme and democratisation in rural South Africa. He is currently working on agrarian movements in South Africa, and on land and poverty.
Ruth Hall is a researcher at the Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape, where she is involved in research and policy engagement on land redistribution, land restitution and farm dweller tenure policy. She was previously Senior Researcher at the Centre for Rural Legal Studies in Stellenbosch.