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In 2019 South Africa had a population of 58.5 million people. The country has a land surface area of 1,220,000 km². Of this, around 11% of the land is arable. There are significant ecological variations ranging from dry conditions (desert and semi desert) in the west to two bands of higher rainfall in the east. South Africa is considered to be a water scarce country, with this scarcity exacerbated by extreme social and economic inequality. Just 28% of the land surface receives 600 mm or more of rain per annum. This means that most of the land is suitable only for livestock or wildlife production.
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6 promising project ideas selected in second round LAND-at-scale

28 Julio 2020

The second round of LAND-at-scale resulted in 24 ideas submitted by 19 Dutch embassies. The LAND-at-scale Committee selected 6 most promising ideas to develop further.  LAND-at-scale is a government programme that contributes to improving land governance. The programme supports economic development…

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By 2019 16.8% of households lived in informal dwellings across South Africa’s nine major metropolitan municipalities.

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Ploughing The Fields of Fall - Western Cape - South Africa_photo by Christopher Griner_FLICKR creative commons

When South African law promotes unlawful land deals…

6 Agosto 2021

By Monica de Souza Louw, Land and Accountability Research Centre (LARC), University of Cape Town * This piece was originally published as part of the online discussion on customary law in Southern Africa Does the South African Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act (TKLA) allow traditional leaders…

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Documentary screening on a mining conflict in KwaZulu-Natal: This land

​The Land & Accountability Research Centre (LARC) at the University of Cape Town commissioned the vivid documentary film This Land as a way for rural people to bring the untold story of their struggle for rights and accountability on communal land into urban forums of legislative, political and…