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Ben Cousins

Ben Cousins

    South Africa is still way behind the curve on transforming land ownership
    South Africa is still way behind the curve on transforming land ownership
    Land is a highly charged and politicised issue all over the world. South Africa, with its history of
    ANC land policies: Talk left, walk right?
    ANC land policies: Talk left, walk right?
    The ANC election manifesto strongly emphasises land reform, rural development and food security – not surprisingly, because the Jacob Zuma...
    Farming problems are clear but the solutions are not
    Farming problems are clear but the solutions are not
    Should land be redistributed to black commercial farmers, so-called emerging farmers or smallholders?
    Land redistribution needs political will
    Land redistribution needs political will
    The land question is back in the headlines. After 18 years of democracy, only 7% of commercial farmland has been transferred to black South Africans...
    Time to ditch the 'disaster' scenarios
    Time to ditch the 'disaster' scenarios
    The dominant view of land reform in Zimbabwe is that farm invasions from 2000 to 2001 were nothing but a corrupt land grab by Zanu-PF and its...
    How not to understand Zim
    How not to understand Zim
    Most media coverage of Zimbabwe unthinkingly repeats and reinforces a Western and neoliberal perception of the history and causes of that country's...
    How not to understand Zim
    How not to understand Zim
    Most media coverage of Zimbabwe unthinkingly repeats and reinforces a Western and neoliberal perception of the history and causes of that country's...
    Land and agriculture policy: Back to the roots
    Land and agriculture policy: Back to the roots
    Lulu Xingwana, the new Minister of Agriculture and Land Affairs, faces enormous challenges. Policies to sustain a productive agricultural sector...
    Looming land disaster
    Looming land disaster
    'The more that policy changes in South Africa, the more it is the same." These words are from Govan Mbeki's seminal book on rural resistance,...
    Labour pains plague land reform's laatlammetjie
    Labour pains plague land reform's laatlammetjie
    Nine months ago the controversial Communal Land Rights Bill was published for public comment. After a long gestation period, it now appears that...
    Draft land Bill should be rejected
    Draft land Bill should be rejected
    The long-awaited draft Communal Land Rights Bill sets out the government's proposals to resolve urgent land tenure problems in former homeland...