Understanding land & land reform in South Africa

Knowledgebase.land provides comprehensive and reliable content on almost everything to do with land in South Africa and beyond. We are the trusted resource hub for anyone with an interest in land issues and the planning and implementation of land reform. We also write regular analytic summaries of land news.

"We don’t subscribe to simplified single stories around land. We seek to connect present and past. We locate the origins of contested contemporary land debates within their histories to reveal the complex forces shaping the South African landscape."


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Land and the Constitution

Section 25 of the Constitution sets out the balance that must be struck in protecting property rights and enabling equitable access to land, advancing land and water reform, ensuring security of tenure where people’s land rights are unrecorded or vulnerable in law and restoring rights lost through dispossession and forced removals.   Section 25(1) – Section 25(4) set out core property rights. At the same time it is important to...


An introductory tour of the entire land reform landscape

We explore how all the different actors and rural and urban land settings are connected....

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No restitution for the weary: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2021-09-21-no-restitution-for-the-weary-blaming-the-victim-is-an-easy-way-out-for-failure-to-deliver-the-promised-land/

BFAP reports low level of market concentration in SA agriculture. The bureau established that the level of market concentration in agriculture was 12%, making it, with financial services (also 12%), the least concentrated economic sector of all. https://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/research-group-reports-low-level-of-market-concentration-in-sa-agriculture-2021-09-21

WATCH | City of Cape Town evicts homeless in District Six during massive operation https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/news/watch-city-of-cape-town-evicts-homeless-in-district-six-during-massive-operation-20210920 via @news24

Committee for the homeless opens case against City following evictions near CPUT https://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/news/committee-for-the-homeless-opens-case-against-city-following-evictions-near-cput-b95aca8c-55ca-494b-af1a-65257b72a3ac

BUSINESS MAVERICK: South Africa’s ‘dangerous’ land policy under scrutiny in Fraser Institute report https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2021-09-20-south-africas-dangerous-land-policy-under-scrutiny-in-fraser-institute-report/

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