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In the lead-up to the ANC's centenary celebrations in 2012, a plethora of tomes on the historiography of the ANC were published. It was a boon to publishers, authors and readers alike. It would have been opportune, therefore, if this majestic biography of Seme had been part of those festivities and the myriad book launches, conferences and seminars that took place during the centenary celebrations.

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2021-Jun-25 15:16:13

This article will be examining how higher education as a system gets to be impacted by the urban land dynamics of a city where a university is located. The apartheid spatial planning of cities has shaped the current urban university and this has an effect on its provision of student accommodation. This study will use Tinto's student integration theory to demonstrate how the living and learning experiences of students who reside in the off-campus residences of Nelson Mandela University get ...

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2021-Jun-25 15:08:03

The land question has reclaimed its rightful place at the heart of post-colonial discourse in South Africa. This is demonstrated by the extensive public participation in the land expropriation process which was instituted by the National Assembly following the adoption of the motion for a constitutional review of Section 25 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. Landlessness and limited access to land by black people was used by the colonial and apartheid regimes as a lever not ...

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2021-Jun-25 15:04:57

As part of the multi-faceted communication infrastructure in South Africa, the press is an essential platform where matters of public interest play out, with the potential to influence the transformation discourse, particularly, among ordinary citizens. This article analyses the relationship between press coverage of the land reform debate and its potential effect on public opinion. It focuses on the print genre, specifically tabloids which remain the dominant carriers of the transformation d ...

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2021-Jun-25 15:02:15

The skewed distribution of land ownership patterns still remains a contested terrain in countries, such as South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia, where land dispossession has had enormous effects. The land question, in these countries, arose mainly because of inequalities in the control of resources. Land dispossessions had an extremely negative impact on the socio-economic transformation of many African countries. Dispossession and the forced removal of natives under colonialism and apartheid r ...

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2021-Jun-25 14:59:31

The 1652 Dutch and 1820 British settlers changed the socio-economic and geo-political architecture of South Africa forever. The Berlin Colonial Conference of 1884, which propelled the scramble and partition of Africa by the European countries, ignited colonialism. Today, Africa is categorized as Anglophone, Lusophone and Francophone, respectively. A qualitative research approach was utilised to solicit information, mainly literature review and generally document study was utilised in this art ...

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2021-Jun-25 14:30:13

The centrality of land to national development makes it an indispensable resource to be harnessed and carefully managed to foster and meet competing land requirements for sustainable development in the overall public interest. Land reform, which is one of the major strategies in land management, is usually a government-initiated or government-backed approach for the allocation, distribution, redistribution, titling and use of land using an existing and or modified institutional arrangement(s) ...

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2021-Jun-25 14:25:07

Despite its huge agricultural landmass, Brazil is a country marked by continuous social conflicts around the distribution of land, and the agrarian reform has never advanced enough to accommodate the millions of landless families. Recently, this issue received another ingredient, as Michel Temer's government is pursuing the liberalization of transnational acquisition of land, arguing that this would boost investment in infrastructure and in the modernization of production. Critics say tha ...

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2021-Jun-25 14:20:51

The ceiling on agricultural landholdings infers situations where limits on the maximum amounts of agricultural land that can be owned are set by the State via policy and legislation, and land in excess of the ceiling (surplus land) is made available for redistribution. The challenge is not the articulation of this policy, but the vagaries of practical implementation. India and Pakistan are among the few countries where this approach was adopted and implemented on a full scale. The experiences ...

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2021-Jun-25 14:18:17

Land reform is a heavily contested issue the world over as reflected in the available literature, and it should be noted that any country that will or has embarked on land reform can rest assured of economic isolation. Zimbabwe is a good example, but there are crystal clear success stories (Cousins, 2010). There are also huge gaps in the available literature as far as land reform in South Africa is concerned. The available literature has concentrated on the total and expensive failure of land ...

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2021-Jun-25 14:15:29

The aim of the article is to assess how group development and sustainable development models could be applied to land reform and contract farming in South Africa. A survey of literature was adopted to explore the feasibility of contract farming in South Africa. The findings of the literature survey indicate that contract farming is an essential component of the land reform programmes, as it empowers new farmers. The article contributes to the contemporary land reform debate by exploring the f ...

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2021-Jun-25 14:12:15

The issue of land and inequality in South Africa (SA) has been at the tip of every citizen's tongue, now more than ever before. This has been propelled by the continued rise in poverty levels, particularly in the rural areas which have seen the inequality gap between the different races in the country widening even further. Tracing the roots of these challenges goes as far back as the Promulgation of the Land Act of 1913, which restricted 10% of land for lawful African occupation, and str ...

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2021-Jun-25 14:06:27

The purpose of this article is to critically analyse a case of land restitution where productivity of the returned land, sustainability of the people's livelihoods and food security is at issue. Arguably, such cases make land reform appear to be a mere response to the people's agitation for their rightful claim to land. Meanwhile, the main aim of land reform is to contribute to economic development through households' productive land use and increase employment opportunities by en ...

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2021-Jun-25 14:02:48

The South African land reform programme is implemented to redress land ownership patterns that resulted from Apartheid discriminatory laws. Whites expropriated land from Africans and, by so doing, usurped their livelihoods. The majority ANC government has been attempting to return not only the land, but also to restore the livelihoods from land ownership. The programme has been very slow to return land to the black majority, but some land has been returned. The programme has dismally failed t ...

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2021-Jun-25 13:57:23

Land reform, in South Africa, remains a critical imperative for social and economic development for redressing past injustices and addressing the problem of poverty and underdevelopment. Empirical evidence, however, suggests that a large number of land reform beneficiaries have not been able to meaningfully use their land due to limited post-settlement support provided by government. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) introduced the extension recovery plan, in 2009, ...

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2021-Jun-25 13:54:20

The complex nature of land ownership and its historical unresolved problems has brought South Africa back into the negotiating table to determine applicable land reform model. Land reform in South Africa requires farming skills and capacity among black people to maintain the essential food security goals. One of government's interventions was undertaken through a Proactive Land Acquisition Strategy (PLAS) programme, which is meant to support black emerging farmers to obtain critical farmi ...

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2021-Jun-25 13:50:34

Written from a conflict management perspective, this article examines how the lack of progress on land reform in the new South Africa has placed the entire national reconciliation project, social cohesion and nation-building in jeopardy. In the twenty four years since the advent of South Africa's democracy, the question of the land, largely overlooked in the 1994 settlement, remains front and centre in the country's body politic. The extreme inequality in land persists, despite govern ...

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2021-Jun-25 13:46:34

The purpose of this article is to examine how these international capitalist discourses pose a challenge to the settlement of the land question in South Africa. The struggle for liberation against apartheid, in South Africa, was always intertwined with the struggle for the liberation of the land. The three liberation movements, the African National Congress (ANC), the Pan-Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) and the Black Consciousness Movement (BMC) and later Azanian People's Organization ...

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2021-Jun-25 13:43:09

In South Africa, land reform is both a topical and a sensitive issue. The debates around land expropriation without compensation have certainly sparked more issues and concerns regarding land ownership, use and management. This is particularly problematic when it comes to land under traditional leaders. The country's land reform programme has been very slow and locals are clearly becoming impatient. As a result, calls for expropriation of land without compensation have been proposed by ma ...

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2021-Jun-25 13:39:35

The inequalities associated with land reform in South Africa seem to pose great challenges to the hard-earned democracy and the reconciliation process in this country. The need to determine if the discourse about the amendment of Section 25 of the Constitution contributes to social cohesion triggered this study. The aim of this article is to establish if the views held by participants during the hearings about the possibility of amending Section 25 of the Constitut ...

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2021-Jun-25 13:35:15

Mr Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is an honour for me to speak to you at this important Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute.

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2021-Jun-25 13:29:22

We recognise and acknowledge the fact that the matter that has been raised of 'land expropriation without compensation' has generated a lot of debate throughout our country. We fully support the determination firmly and effectively to act on the Land Question, among others to redress the injustices of the past, as called for by our National Constitution. In this context, speaking as members of the ANC, we fully agree with the decision taken at the 54th Nati ...

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2021-Jun-25 13:25:30

The premise of South Africa's liberation movement was on the question of rights for black people. This was triggered by the arrival of European settlers who sought to take occupation of land through a string of wars with local ethnic groups. It was through a promulgation of the Land Act of 1913, regarding the land rights, which led to the formalisation of racial segregation. Through this Act, a meagre 13% of land was allocated to Africans. Between 1948 and 1994, the Apartheid regime of th ...

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2021-Jun-25 13:21:47