South Africa

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Land Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF)

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    • Very Good Practice
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    • 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, with support from Daniel Babare and Myat Noe (LLB Students, University of Groningen). The indicators assess national laws in 50 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America against international standards on expropriation, compensation, and resettlement as established by Section 16 of the VGGTs.

    Each indicator relates to a principle established in section 16 of the VGGTs. Hold the mouse against the small "i" button above for a more detailed explanation of the indicator.

    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

    23 May 2017
    South Africa


    Frustrated over the pace of housing delivery and poor living conditions in informal settlements in South Africa, a group of people from informal settlements in Tshwane municipality in May gathered to protest poor, overcrowded living conditions.

    They also demand resettlement, after attempts to occupy a nearby space was met with threats by private land owners.

    14 April 2017
    South Africa

    Putting land at the heart of radical economic transformation – a perspective from the ground

    6 April 2017
    South Africa



    Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma calls for ’clever’ lobbying if the ANC wants to amend the Constitution to allow expropriation of land without compensation

    The ANC must "be clever" about lobbying other parties if it wants to amend the Constitution to allow for expropriation of land without compensation, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told a gathering of students at Wits University on Wednesday.

    The land reform debate is gaining momentum in the ANC and more broadly, with pressure to scrap what many believe is the obstacle to redistribution.

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    31 May 2017 to 1 June 2017


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    Journal Articles & Books
    December 2011

    We used the process-oriented niche model CLIMEX to estimate the potential global distribution of serrated tussock under projected future climates. Serrated tussock is a drought-tolerant, wind- and human-dispersed grass of South American origin that has invaded pastures in Australia, Europe, New Zealand, and South Africa. The likely effect of climate change on its potential global distribution was assessed by applying six climate-change scenarios to a previously developed model.

    Journal Articles & Books
    December 2013

    The aim of this paper is to shed new light on urban common property systems. We deal with urban commons in relation to urban green-space management, referring to them as urban green commons. Applying a property-rights analytic perspective, we synthesize information on urban green commons from three case-study regions in Sweden, Germany, and South Africa, and elaborate on their role for biodiversity conservation in urban settings, with a focus on business sites. Cases cover both formally established types of urban green commons and bottom-up emerged community-managed habitats.

    Journal Articles & Books
    December 2013

    Natural vegetation and crop-greening patterns in semi-arid savannas are commonly monitored using normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) values from low spatial resolution sensors such as the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) (1 km, 4 km) and Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) (250 m, 500 m). However, because semi-arid savannas characteristically have scattered tree cover, the NDVI values at low spatial resolution suffer from the effect of aggregation of near-infrared and red energy from adjacent vegetated and non-vegetated cover types.

    Reports & Research
    May 2006

    South Africa has undergone enormous economic, social and political change since its democratization process began in 1994. This policy note provides a preview of key findings of the OECD's agricultural policy review for South Africa.Over the last 15 years, with the abolition of apartheid, South Africa has experienced fundamental change led by dramatic policy reforms aimed at creating a more open and market-oriented economy.

    Journal Articles & Books
    December 2013

    Successful land claims on protected areas by previously disenfranchised communities often result in co-management agreements between claimant communities and state conservation agencies. South Africa, in particular, has pursued co-management as the desired outcome of land claims on its protected areas. We review four cases of co-management on protected areas in South Africa, and reflect on the appropriateness of the pursuit of co-management as the preferred outcome of land claims.

    Journal Articles & Books
    October 2010

    A good indicator of successful farm redistribution cases has to be the continuation of viableproductivity rates in their post transfer periods. Continued productivity benefits all thestakeholders that are involved in the process. Unfortunately negative productivity levels havebeen reported in numerous South African land redistribution transfers in recent years.