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Land Reform Under the Spotlight in Land Divided, Land Restored edited by Cherryl Walker and Ben Cousins

Land Divided, Land RestoredJacana Media is proud to present Land Divided, Land Restored: Land Reform in South Africa for the 21st Century edited by Cherryl Walker and Ben Cousins:

Land reform is once again under the spotlight. Amid calls by some politicians for confiscating land from white farmers without compensation, others claim that the land redistributed to black owners is not being productively farmed. The debate is dangerously polarised, the stakes high. At the same time new challenges confront policy-makers: climate change, threats to bio-diversity, urbanisation, high unemployment, food security, and global economic uncertainties.

2013 was the centenary of South Africa’s notorious Natives Land Act, whose effects are still evident in the country’s divided countryside and deeply racialised inequalities. 2014 is the deadline that the ANC government set for itself for redistributing 30 per cent of commercial agricultural land into black ownership. All agree that the target cannot be met, but there is little agreement on what is the best way forward. 2014 is also the twentieth anniversary of the founding of democracy. Building on the public debates generated by the centenary of the 1913 Land Act, this book presents a major opportunity to review the contemporary significance of land as a social, economic and natural resource in South Africa – to pose new questions and search for new answers.

The book is illustrated with photographs from the acclaimed Iziko National Gallery exhibition Umhlaba 1913–2013: Commemorating the 1913 Land Act, curated by David Goldblatt, Paul Weinberg, Bongi Dhlomo-Mautloa and Pam Warne.


Land Divided, Land Restored: Introduction
    Ben Cousins & Cherryl Walker

The Natives Land Act of 1913: A Template but not a Turning Point
    William Beinart & Peter Delius

The Land and its Languages: Edward Tsewu and the Pre-history of the 1913 Land Act
    Jacob Dlamini

Environmental Change in 20th Century South Africa and its Implications for Land Reform
    Timm Hoffman

Law, Land & Custom, 1913–2014: What is at Stake Today?
    Aninka Claassens

The Right to the City: The Planning and Un-planning of Urban Space since 1913
    Paul Hendler

Commercial Farming and Agribusiness in South Africa since 1994
    Henry Bernstein

Land Reform: The View from Agri-SA
    Theo de Jager

Mapping ANC Policy Development on Land and Agrarian Reform since 1994
    Ruth Hall

Unravelling the Willing Buyer / Willing Seller Question
    Michael Aliber

The Land Question: The South African Constitution and the Emergence of a Conservative Agenda
    Sipho Pityana

Transfrontier Conservation and Land Reform Policy
    Maano Ramutsindela

Not Just Farming: Natural Resources and Livelihoods in Land and Agrarian Reform
    Sheona Shackleton & Charlie Shackleton

Baas van die Plaas / Izwe Llethu: Essay in Fragments and Two Villanelles Exploring Different Relationships to Land in some Indigenous Poetic Texts
    Antjie Krog

Sketch Map to the Future: Restitution Unbound
    Cherryl Walker

‘Through a Glass Darkly’: Towards Agrarian Reform in South Africa
    Ben Cousins

About the editors

Cherryl Walker is a professor of sociology at the University of Stellenbosch and the author of Landmarked (Jacana and Ohio University Press).

Ben Cousins holds an NRF Chair in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape and is the author of numerous books and articles.

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  • Land Divided, Land Restored: Land Reform in South Africa for the 21st Century edited by Cherryl Walker and Ben Cousins
    EAN: 9781431409679
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