The extent to which indigenous people were dispossessed of their land by whites in South Africa under colonial rule and apartheid has no parallels on the African continent.
Since the advent of democracy in 1994, issues at the heart of the land question in South Africa are how to reverse this phenomenon and how a large-scale redistribution of land can contribute to the transformation of the economy and the reduction of poverty, both rural and urban. The Land Question in South Africa debates these issues against the backdrop of a land reform programme that made limited headway in the first decade of South Africas democracy. The book offers a robust assessment of that programme and raises critical questions for its future.
Edited by Ntsebeza and Hall, the volume includes contributions by leading scholars and activists such as Mercia Andrews, Henry Bernstein, Ben Cousins, Sam Moyo, and Cherryl Walker, and government and World Bank officials such as Glen Sonwabo Thomas, Rogier van den Brink and Hans Binswanger. This book is bound to have wide appeal among activists and students, as well as academics, researchers and policymakers.
Lungisile Ntsebeza and Ruth Hall
Part one: Regional context and theoretical considerations
2.Agrarian questions of capital and labour: some theory about land reform (and a periodisation)
The3. land question in southern Africa: a comparative review
Part two: Perspectives on existing policy and new directions for the future
4.Transforming rural South Africa? Taking stock of land reform
5.Land redistribution in South Africa: the property clause revisited
6.Redistributive land reform: for what and for whom?
7.Agricultural land redistribution in South Africa: towards accelerated implementation
Rogier van den Brink, Glen Thomas and Hans Binswanger
8.Struggling for a life in dignity
9.Agrarian reform and the two economies: transforming South Africas countryside