What is going wrong in South Africa’s land reform programme, and how can its failings be addressed?
In 22 years land reform has barely altered the agrarian structure of South Africa, and has had only minor effects on rural livelihoods.
Partly unintentionally, partly by design, land reform has been captured by elites. The most powerful voices are those of traditional leaders, so-called “emerging” black capitalist farmers (who often own other businesses), consultants, agri-business companies and white farmers.
The strategic thrust of South Africa’s land reform remains unclear. Agricultural and land policies have not been linked effectively. Little support has been provided to black smallholder farmers and no land reform farms have been officially sub-divided.
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