BROADENING THE LANDSCAPE:
ALTERNATIVE VIEWS ABOUT WHY SOUTH AFRICA’S LAND REFORM FAILS AS A DECOLONISATION PROJECT
Hosted by the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Rhodes University
Almost three decades after the official end of the apartheid, South Africa has been on a sturdy path that is characterised by deepening spatial, social and economic inequalities. Land reform is one of the policies that held the hope of many South Africans that it would make a substantial contribution to decolonisation, including justice for victims of colonialism and apartheid. But land reform has dismally fallen short. We argue that the most common critiques of land reform, including poor state capacity, lack of political support, limited budget, and so forth, are only manifestations of a deeper problem. These critiques limit debates and actions on land reform to the same platforms that were fundamental in colonisation and apartheid.
It is important to take a step back, our speakers Mr Siyabulela Manona and Prof Thembela Kepe argue, and broaden our diagnosis of the problem through understanding the broader concept of land and its meanings. This idea originates from their exploration of the necessarily broad concept of land administration.
DATE: Thurs, 12th November
Prof Cyril Nhlanhla Mbatha, Director, Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Rhodes University
Mr Siyabulela Manona, PhD candidate in Geography, Rhodes University and a director of Phuhlisani NPC and LandNNES
Prof Thembela Kepe, Professor in the Department of Geography, University of Toronto, and a Visiting Professor at Rhodes University
Prof Peliwe Mnguni, Associate Professor, Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL)
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