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Title:Security of tenure and livelihood options in South Africa: a case study of a rural community facing eviction under post-apartheid legislation in the Eastern Cape province
Author:Roodt, Monty J.ISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:Africanus
Volume:37
Issue:1
Pages:3-12
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:land tenure
resettlement
land law
agricultural workers
Abstract:This paper looks at the security of tenure of farm workers in South Africa and the loss of rights traditionally associated with rural livelihood when these workers are evicted and resettled in town. This loss occurs even when the Extension of Security of Tenure Act 62 of 1997 (ESTA) is applied to regulate the eviction. ESTA was passed in the postapartheid period to facilitate the long-term security of land tenure; to regulate the conditions of residence on certain land; to regulate the conditions on and circumstances under which the right of people to reside on land may be terminated; to regulate the conditions and circumstances under which people, whose right of residence has been terminated, may be evicted from land; and to provide for related matters. The paper outlines the relevant provisions of the Act and looks at the main problems associated with the implementation of ESTA as a rights-based Act. Through a case study of Groentein farm in South Africa's Eastern Cape, the paper shows the livelihood opportunities farm dwellers have and the losses they would suffer if relocated to the proposed township alternative. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]
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