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Rushing land reform only slows it down

07 AUG 2015

The success of the latest land law hinges on how the government decides on what property rights are conferred, how it allows markets to develop and to what level to ensure farms are productive.

The success of the latest land law hinges on how the government decides on what property rights are conferred, how it allows markets to develop and to what level to ensure farms are productive.

By Nhlanhla Mbatha

Poor performances in the land reform process in South Africa are caused primarily by the fluctuating and sometimes conflicting policy messages from government since 1994. The oscillation of policy language over the past 21 years, we argue, has led to key challenges in the process, ultimately stemming from the reluctance of policymakers to embrace exclusive property rights and free markets.

At a theoretical level, the reluctance is justifiable given the redistributional imperatives of the land reform process.

Read the full article from Mail&Guardian.

 

 

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