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  • Different realities and narrow responses in a shifting agricultural system 

    PLAAS (PLAAS, 2013-09)
    Protests by farm workers in De Doorns in the Hex River Valley of the Western Cape in November 2012 – and the subsequent responses by organised agriculture, as well as attempts by unions to support the workers –illustrate ...
  • Land redistribution: Part of a wider agrarian reform strategy 

    PLAAS (PLAAS, 2012-09)
    An emerging and increasingly more prominent debate amid the considerations of a new White Paper, following the Green Paper process, which will set the legal framework for land reform and agrarian transformation, is whether ...
  • Reintroducing the contentious Traditional Courts Bill 

    PLAAS (PLAAS, 2012-05)
    When the Traditional Courts Bill [B15-2008] was first introduced in 2008 it was widely criticised for the nature and extent of judicial functions consigned to senior traditional leaders — and for the extent to which the ...
  • Evictions from farms – the role of local government 

    PLAAS (PLAAS, 2011-06)
    Recently, land reform has gained greater prominence in public debates, notably with the latest call for the nationalisation of land, which has been met with mixed responses. The call highlights why the need for nationalisation ...
  • South African fisheries reform – past, present and future? 

    Isaacs, Moenieba; Hara, Mafaniso; Nielsen, Jesper Raakjar (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2004)
    Two approaches to transformation of the South African fishery industry were adopted after the advent of democracy: the broadening of access rights to new rights holders (individuals and companies) through state intervention ...
  • Rethinking rural transformation in South Africa 

    PLAAS (PLAAS, 2011-05)
    In this edition we describe a civil society workshop convened by the Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) and the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) entitled ‘Re-thinking Rural Transformation in South ...
  • A focus on vulnerability and inequality in national conferences 

    PLAAS (PLAAS, 2011-01)
    Since the national Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) held its National Summit on Vulnerable Workers in Somerset-West outside Cape Town to discuss better conditions for workers in the agriculture, ...
  • Common property resources and privatisation trends in Southern Africa 

    Saruchera, Munyaradzi; Fakir, Saliem (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2004)
    Access to common property resources (CPRs) is a significant part of the land resource base and therefore the livelihoods of many poor rural people. However, despite their central importance, CPRs are declining throughout ...
  • Community conservancies in Namibia: An effective institutional model for commons management? 

    Skyer, Patricia; Saruchera, Munyaradzi (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2004)
    Common property resources (CPRs) remain of great significance for livelihoods among rural and poor communities of the world. CPRs are particularly important because in many contexts they remain resources of last resort ...
  • Budgeting for land reform 

    Hall, Ruth; Lahiff, Edward (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2004)
    The primary purpose of land reform in South Africa is to redistribute agricultural and other land in order to address the racially skewed pattern of landholding and promote development. Slow progress in land reform over ...
  • National and provincial government spending on agriculture 

    PLAAS (PLAAS, 2010-12)
    By the end of 2010, the new policy direction for land reform has not been clear. The minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Gugile Nkwinti, announced that a Green Paper on Rural Development and Agrarian Transformation, ...
  • Civil society and social movements: Advocacy for land and resource rights in Africa 

    Saruchera, Munyaradzi; Odhiambo, Michael O (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2004)
    Civil society formations in Africa have historically played an important part in the establishment of organising people in the pursuit of common goals. The majority of Africa’s people reside in rural areas where they ...
  • Resources and rights: Water and land in rural development 

    PLAAS (PLAAS, 2009-11)
    Both the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs (DWEA) and the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) acknowledge the importance of water reform jointly with land reform. What does integrated planning ...
  • Multilateral environmental agreements and land and resource rights in Africa 

    Saruchera, Munyaradzi; Kameri-Mbote, Patricia (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2004)
    Many African countries are signatories to a number of international and regional environmental treaties. These include the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild ...
  • Insecure tenure and labour – farm dwellers and workers 

    PLAAS (PLAAS, 2009-09)
    This edition of Umhlaba Wethu centres attention on the many challenges farm dwellers and workers experience and continue to face. These challenges reflect in their long pursuit of secured tenure rights and a living wage ...
  • ANC election manifesto in relation to rural development and land reform 

    PLAAS (PLAAS, 2009-06)
    In the last 15 years the Department of Land Affairs (DLA) has set out to achieve many things but, by its own admission, has been unsuccessful in meeting its objectives for land reform. Hence a few questions arise. Is land ...
  • Nepad, land and resource rights 

    Saruchera, Munyaradzi; Omoweh, Daniel A (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2004)
    The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) is an overarching programme for revitalising Africa’s fortunes. It has a visionary tone, yet the way that it proposes to overcome Africa’s underdevelopment uncritically ...
  • Regulating the institution of traditional leadership 

    PLAAS (PLAAS, 2008-10)
    This edition of Umhlaba Wethu focuses on communal tenure and specifically on the Communal Land Rights Act (CLRA), which, if implemented, will see the transfer of private title to communal land to ‘traditional communities’; ...
  • The context of land and resource rights struggles in Africa 

    Saruchera, Munyaradzi (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2004)
    Africa’s poor are heavily dependent on land and natural resources for livelihood, but some governments continue to resist transferring full resource management rights to them. This risks the loss or degradation of these ...
  • Polokwane land resolution creates space for struggle 

    PLAAS (PLAAS, 2008-06)
    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 ...