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Title:Social cohesion for the unfinished business of land reform in South Africa
Author:Mbedu, Nkosinathi
Periodical:International Journal of African Renaissance Studies (ISSN 1753-7274)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:land reform
race relations
social integration
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/18186874.2014.916881
Abstract:This article discusses social cohesion as an alternative instrument to address the ever dragging land question in South Africa. Although there are various activities that have been undertaken and policy programmes that have been proposed, all those initiatives have not been able to completely translate land reform policy into practice as intended. Other than recognising the 'willing seller-willing buyer' policy which appears not to have been internalised by the stakeholders concerned, this article also presents a transformative approach for both white land owners and black emerging farmers to work together in a tolerant and amicable manner. The most critical step that is required for land reform in the whole country is a public consultation process for government to be able to engage with all parties and to put a list of informed alternatives on the table for discussion. Obviously, that includes the willing seller willing buyer policy. Based on the outcomes of such discussions, the government has to play a mediation role to heal the racial division caused by the Natives Land Act of 1913. In short, this discussion presents social cohesion to heal the past without land owners perceiving transformation policies as apartheid in reverse. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]