Dispossession and redress: The challenges of land reform | Land Portal

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December 2014
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This think piece sets out to:

  • briefly trace an outline of where we have come from;
  • examine how we have tried to address the toxic legacies of our history over the past two decades since 1994;
  • review the current issues, shifts trends and actors shaping the future land and agrarian reform agenda.

The piece argues that the past, present and future of land reform are intimately connected with national choices about economic strategy and the capacity within the state to implement its policies and programmes. The Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation(DPME) has recently highlighted the risk to current growth-led strategies of “the Marikana effect – where the benefits of growth are captured by a few so conflict persists and growth stops” (The Presidency, 2014). Such elite capture thrives in the absence of legible, equitable policy and a capable state – factors that may have some relevance for the development of future land reform scenarios.

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Author(s), editor(s), contributor(s): 

Rick de Satge

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Phuhlisani NPC (Phuhlisani)

Phuhlisani began as a consultancy started by a group of people who wanted to support emerging farmers who obtained access to land through land reform programmes in South Africa. In 2015, after 12 years in operation as a Closed Corporation, the members of the company decided to convert Phuhlisani to a Non-Profit Company which took place in October 2015.

Phuhlisani NPC provides comprehensive services and support for sustainable land reform and rural development including:

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