Research reports

Phuhlisani NPC was contracted by Absa to prepare a series of open access research reports to contribute to a reliable knowledge base on land reform in South Africa. These reports informed submissions made to the Constitutional Review Committee tasked with investigation the necessity of amending Section 25 of the Constitution.

Changing land policy: 1990 – 2018

This Phuhlisani NPC Land Knowledge Base Review paper provides a systematic overview of the evolution of land reform policy in South Africa from the early 1990’s up to the present day. It seeks to contextualise a series of review papers which analyse principle land reform programme components: restitution, redistribution and tenure reform in more detail. Together these research reports aim to contribute to deepening the national conversation around land reform.

Dr de Satge is the Director of Research and Collaborative Learning at Phuhlisani NPC.

The paper is made available in terms of a Creative Commons License Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-NDA).

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 de Satgé, R. (2018). Changing land policy: 1990-2018. Land Knowledge Base Review Paper. Phuhlisani NPC.

Restitution review

This Phuhlisani NPC Land Knowledge Base Review paper by Elmien du Plessis provides a short history of land dispossession in the 19th century, prior to the 1913 Land Act, which is the cut-off date for restitution claims. The paper provides figures – in so far as such figures are available – of the distribution of land claims to date, and those that have been settled. The paper outlines the challenges that have arisen in restitution programme and reviews key judgments in the courts.

du Plessis is an Associate Professor in Land Law and Legal Pluralism at North West University.

The paper is made available in terms of a Creative Commons License Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-NDA).

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Du Plessis, E. (2018). Restitution review. Land Knowledge Base Review Paper. Phuhlisani NPC

Land redistribution in South Africa: 1994 – 2018

This Phuhlisani NPC Land Knowledge Base Review paper by David Mayson and Ronald Eglin provides an in-depth review of the different phases of the land redistribution programme in South Africa across the Mandela, Mbeki and Zuma presidencies. The paper examines a range of constraints impacting on land acquisition and examines a wide range of factors hindering land redistribution and land reform more broadly.

David Mayson is the Phuhlisani NPC CEO and an experienced land reform practitioner and researcher.

Ronald Eglin is a specialist on urban informal settlements at Afesis-Corplan a leading land sector NGO.

The paper is made available in terms of a Creative Commons License Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-NDA).

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Mayson, D  and Eglin, R. (2018). Land redistribution in South Africa: 1994 – 2018. Land Knowledge Base Review Paper. Phuhlisani NPC

Land tenure review

This Phuhlisani NPC Land Knowledge Base Review paper by Siyabu Manona, Rosalie Kingwill, Ronald Eglin and Sonwabile Mnwana provides a comprehensive overview of the tenure landscape in South Africa and makes recommendations for new approaches highlighting the urgency of rebuilding land administration as part of an integrated property rights system.

Siyabu Manona is Director of Land and Tenure Policy and Implementation at Phuhlisani NPC.

Dr Rosalie Kingwill is a tenure specialist and a research associate at PLAAS.

Ronald Eglin is a specialist on urban informal settlements at Afesis-Corplan a leading land sector NGO.

Sonwabile Mnwana is an Associate Prof who heads the Sociology Department at the University of Fort Hare.

The paper is made available in terms of a Creative Commons License Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-NDA).

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Manona, S. Kingwill, R, Eglin, R. and Mnwana, S. (2018). Land tenure review. Land Knowledge Base Review Paper. Phuhlisani NPC.

Assessing the performance of land reform

This Phuhlisani NPC Land Knowledge Base Review paper by Michael Aliber asks hard questions about the performance of the land reform programme to date. What has it cost? How much land has been transferred? Who has benefitted? What are the implications of inadequate data?

Prof Michael Aliber is the Director of Fort Hare’s Agricultural and Rural Development Research Institute (ARDRI)

The paper is made available in terms of a Creative Commons License Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-NDA).

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Aliber, M. (2018). Assessing the performance of land reform. Land Knowledge Base Review Paper. Phuhlisani NPC.

Absa submission

Absa made a detailed submission to the Constitutional Review Committee. The submission can be downloaded below:

https://trello.com/c/sWqbxW5J/8-absa-submission 

 

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