Land reform has always been closely tied to shifts in the wider political economy of countries.
Africa’s founding fathers have many times been given the bare minimum when it comes to leadership. It is time for us to critically look at these men and what they did to the fabric of their nations. We need to question their legacies, which ought to be contested.
Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa has released a series of reports on informal settlements
The question of land has been hotly contested in Namibia ever since independence.
Shortcomings of Namibia’s land reforms suggest that voluntary, market-based transactions might not be suitable.
As Namibia gets ready for a land conference from the 1st to the 5th of October, a report from the Namibia Land Statistics states that 70% of land is owned by Whites. The conference is set to address land policies and how the process of restitution and reclamation can be expedited.
Namibia is currently having a land discussion, and is considering land expropriation. After the failure of the “willing-seller-willing-buyer” approach, the government is having a debate on land expropriation, and intends to give land back to the majority black people.
“Expropriation without compensation” is unlikely to speed up land reform. Meanwhile, mass evictions of land occupiers are often from land already owned by the state.
The political ground in South Africa has shifted as the governing African National Congress and the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) joined forces to support land expropriation without compensation, showing a major waver in the Democratic Alliance-EFF alliance. Estimates indicate that around 80% of South African agricultural land remains in the hands of about 35,000 white farmers and large agribusinesses.