by Wandile Sihlobo | Jan 12, 2023 | Land Reform
On January 11, 2023, I joined Xoli Mngambi of Newzroom Afrika to discuss South Africa’s land reform progress and assess whether black farmers have benefited thus far from the program.
by Wandile Sihlobo | Dec 4, 2022 | Land Reform
South Africa’s land reform policy remains highly contested. But, in our view, a number of persistent myths about farmland statistics and the structure of commercial agriculture skew debates. This makes it difficult to reach some common understanding about the realities of land and agriculture in the country.
by Wandile Sihlobo | Nov 22, 2022 | Land Reform
South Africa’s agricultural policy is likely to be a hot topic at ANC’s 2022 elective conference, but good intentions do not always mean success.
by Wandile Sihlobo | Jun 8, 2022 | Land Reform
One of the dominant questions in South Africa’s agricultural policy since the dawn of democracy is the need to accelerate land reform to ensure the inclusion of black farmers in the sector.
by Wandile Sihlobo | May 17, 2022 | Land Reform
The book also brings home the reality of the slow progress of land reform in South Africa. In 1994 when the country became a democracy, white farmers owned 77.580 million hectares of farmland out of the total surface area of 122 million hectares.
by Wandile Sihlobo | Sep 20, 2021 | Land Reform
Governments can build credibility over time through consistent commitment to implementing policies efficiently and effectively. South Africa hasn’t done well on this score. As a result of the poor record of policy implementation, investors and the general public have become sceptical of government policy pronouncements.
by Wandile Sihlobo | Aug 15, 2021 | Land Reform
In 2020, the South African government approved a women empowerment policy proposing that roughly 50% of the allocation of agricultural farming land under the Redistribution Programme should be for women, 40% for youth, and 10% for people living with disabilities. Titled “National Policy on Beneficiary Selection and Land Allocation of 2020” the policy is an essential intervention as it outlines who should benefit from land redistribution.
by Wandile Sihlobo | Aug 8, 2021 | Land Reform
An agency could accelerate South Africa’s land reform by removing the process from political and bureaucratic control.