Polokwane land resolution creates space for struggle
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The Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) is pleased to re-introduce Umhlaba Wethu, a quarterly bulletin on issues of land and agrarian reform in South Africa. Since 2005, public debate has focused increasingly on the contribution of land reform to agrarian reform. According to the Strategic Plan for 2008 to 2011 of the Department of Land Affairs (DLA), the Minister of Agriculture and Land Affairs, Lulu Xingwana, announced a 14-point strategic plan for rural development and the speeding up of land reform. She further pronounced that negotiations for land will be capped at six months, after which expropriation will commence. December 2007 saw the ANC adopting a resolution on rural development, land reform and agrarian change.