What is the courageous conversation we are not yet having with the unknown future — the world that lies over the horizon, but has not yet been fully articulated? The poet, David Whyte, wants to know.

We are not good at these conversations because they take us into the unknown. But in a world in distress, they are the conversations we must have if we are to move beyond a sense of foreboding to charting a new course.

This is true for many areas of South African life: economic growth, poverty, inequality, race, land. It is difficult to see what lies beyond the horizon, and there is a growing sense of unease about our future.

With these concerns in mind, a group of South Africans got together at the beginning of last year to think about the future of land reform. There is widespread dissatisfaction with the process to date. It is proceeding too slowly to meet escalating expectations.

Follow the link below to read the opinion piece by Brian Whittaker on why Vumelana embarked on the Land Reform Futures project that resulted in the four scenarios of what could happen to land reform in South Africa over the next 15 years.


Join the conversation and share your views about the future of land reform in South Africa.