Understanding land & land reform in South Africa

Knowledgebase.land provides comprehensive and reliable content on almost everything to do with land in South Africa. We are the ‘go to’ resource hub for anyone with an interest in land issues and the planning and implementation of land reform. We also write a weekly summary 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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In one scene, migrants shouted ‘no camera’ at the reporting crew filming them from a larger chartered vessel. https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/maps-and-graphics/2020/08/12/cartoon-British-TV-media-migrant-boat-coverage?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social

Green revolution is locking African farmers into a system that is not designed for their benefit, but for Northern multinational corporations. https://theecologist.org/2020/aug/14/gates-failing-green-revolution-africa

Allegations of corrupt land deals in Okahandja. Resident calls for a probe by the Anti Corruption Commission https://www.namibian.com.na/index.php?id=93685&page=read

JOEVA ROCK & RACHEL SCHURMAN - Seeds of Neo-Colonialism: Why GMO's Create African Dependency on Global Markets | The Elephant https://www.theelephant.info/op-eds/2020/07/31/seeds-of-neo-colonialism-why-gmos-create-african-dependency-on-global-markets/#.XzZcQfjfzfs.twitter

Zim weighs using land as security for the $3.5bn bond meant to compensate white farmers https://www.news24.com/fin24/Economy/Africa/zim-weighs-using-land-as-security-for-the-35bn-bond-meant-to-compensate-white-farmers-20200813 via @fin24

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