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Title:Transforming labour reserves in South Africa: asymmetries in the new agrarian policy
Author:Mayende, GilingweISNI
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:agricultural policy
rural development
Abstract:A central feature of the emerging strategy of the South African government on rural development is its almost exclusive focus on the communal areas, or 'former homelands'. These areas are seen as having some intrinsic capacity to provide the basis for a thoroughgoing agrarian transformation process. This paper analyses the draft Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP, 2010) of the South African government. Focusing on agrarian transformation, a component of the programme, it examines the potential within communal areas that can be tapped into to unlock and be translated into tangible benefits for the relatively large populations in such areas. Such a question is necessary, it is argued, to allow for an analysis of the agrarian structural fissures and cleavages emanating from colonialism and apartheid. The article is based on historical material relating to the Transkei region in the Eastern Cape Province, and contemporary data on Mhlontlo local municipality within this region. The article concludes that it is unrealistic to expect a strategy that is confined to the promotion of subsistence production within the communal areas to unleash a generalized process of economic development. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]