South Africa

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Land Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF)

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  • Very Good Practice
  • Good Practice
  • Weak Practice
  • Very Weak Practice
  • Missing Value

Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure

Legend: National laws adoption of the VGGT principle
  • Fully adopt
  • Partially adopt
  • Not adopted
  • Missing Value

Note: The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (The VGGTs) were endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security in 2012.

The "VGGT indicators" dataset has been created by Nicholas K. Tagliarino, PhD Candidate at the University of Groningen. The indicators of this dataset assess national laws against Section 16 of the VGGT standards on expropriation, compensation, and resettlement.

Each indicator relates to a principle established in the VGGTs.

Answering the questions posed by these indicators entails analyzing a broad range of national-level laws, including national constitutions, land acquisition acts, land acts, community land acts, agricultural land acts, land use regulations, and some court decisions.


Latest News

South Africa's land reform efforts lack a focus on struggling farmers: Rhodes University Scholars

By: Mzingaye Brilliant Xaba and Monty J. Roodt

Date: January 4th 2017

Source: R News

South Africa’s land reform programme has suffered many failures and its beneficiaries have in many cases seen little or no improvements to their livelihoods.

South Africa: Land Redistribution Programme is on Track

By: Ilze-Marie Le Roux 
Date: November 9th 2016
Source: Eyewitness News South Africa

CAPE TOWN - Rural Development and Land Reform Deputy Minister Mcebisi Skwatsha says the land redistribution programme is on track despite “teething problems”.

Ministers of the Economic Cluster are responding to questions from Members of Parliament.

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Land reform – the solution to rural poverty?

Following the end of apartheid, South Africa’s government set itself ambitious goals with a planned land reform. However, there have since been barely any changes in the country’s agricultural structure, and the positive impacts that were hoped for on rural livelihoods have hardly materialised. A critical assessment of 22 years of land reform policies.

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September 2016