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Despite the achievement of Constitutional democracy in 1994, 'the land question' is at the heart of South Africa's struggles to overcome the cumulative legacies of nearly 350 years of white minority rule. The emotive quality of land policies evokes painful legacies fuelled by disappointments with the official land reform programme ushered in by the new Constitution of 1996. There is broad agreement that land reform programmes have not fulfilled their aims to significantly redistribute land and productive agrarian capacity, strengthen land tenure for the majority, and settle the restitution claims of victims of land dispossession.

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Landmark court judgment in South Africa protects land rights

17 June 2021

On the 11th June the Pietermaritzburg High Court ruled that the Ingonyama Trust (created as the last legislative act of the outgoing apartheid government in 1994)  had adopted an illegal policy of forcing people living on land that had occupied for generations to sign leases and pay rent to the…

KB.L Land News Digest South Africa and region 19 November - 31 December 2020

6 January 2021

A review of land news and analysis covering a wide range of issues including farms and farm workers, food security, land governance and administration, land policy, threats to and murder of land activists, land rights and mining and much more

Land News South Africa and Region 21 Sept - 18 Oct 2020

Land News: Sept - 18 Oct 2020 South Africa and region

22 October 2020

KB.L seeks to bring to life all aspects of the ‘land issue’, recognizing that land is both a deeply important aspect of our history, and an emotive issue shaping our political landscape. KB.L seeks to develop a comprehensive sense of this history, heritage and memory through a combination of news,…

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Development Impact of Land-Based Investment in Times of Crisis: Learning and exchange by the LANDac Professional Learning Network

2 July 2021

The session addressed the impacts of land-based investments on poor and vulnerable people in the Global South. It facilitated an exchange of knowledge about the strategies that are employed on the ground to strengthen the position of these groups when it comes to negotiating for their interests…

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Informal settlements and access to data in the time of COVID: a case for sharing data for decision making

Informal settlements and access to data in the time of COVID: a case for sharing data for decision making

  The spread of COVID-19 in South Africa and other countries in the region has again brought to the fore the fact that very dense, under-serviced, mostly informal, settlements are not healthy places to live. They are also places where the spread of a disease is difficult to prevent or manage.      …