Entries by AFRA

Deeper conversations needed to advance land reform

The Joint Constitutional Review Committee has now adopted a resolution that Section 25 of the Constitution be amended to allow expropriation without compensation. If undertaken correctly structural change in the architecture of the legislation and its institutions, as proposed by the High Level Panel, and testing the current Constitution, may together produce far greater results […]

Improving farm dweller access to services on farms

Access to services for farm dwellers living on commercial farms has been one of our focus areas in the Pathways Project during 2018.  We undertook some qualitative research interviews on access to water and sanitation with farm dwellers in August and September and we held a second multi-stakeholder Services Dialogue in October. The first dialogue […]

Why labour tenants and farm dwellers are a good case for Expropriation without compensation

The proposal supports President Ramaphosa’s view that labour tenants and farm dwellers are a good case for expropriation without compensation. The case is based on six arguments: The expropriation of the land labour tenants and farm dwellers currently live on and use will not affect food security, destabilise the agricultural sector or undermine the economy […]

Labour tenants to be first in line

Labour tenants, who work for a landowner in exchange for the right to use a portion of the land for their sustenance, could be the first beneficiaries of the government’s policy to expropriate land without compensation. Following his State of the Nation address earlier this year, President Cyril Ramaphosa explained that labour tenants would be […]

Why the President is now talking about labour tenants

Government says there are 20,324 labour tenant claims waiting to be processed. Of these, 11,000 are in KwaZulu-Natal and most of the remainder in Mpumalanga. President Cyril Ramaphosa stated in his responses to questions about his SONA that labour tenants would be one of three categories targeted for expropriation without compensation. Dr Donna Hornby provides […]

[Press Release] Is a new era for Land Reform beginning?

In a case that encapsulates the issues currently gripping South Africans, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) heard arguments yesterday in the ongoing class action lawsuit between labour tenants and the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR). The country as a whole is looking to see if the promises made by our new […]