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The Challenges of Tenure Security and Reform in South Africa

The Alternative Information and Development Centre; the Center on Race, Law and Justice; the Land and Accountability Research Centre; and the Legal Resources Centre present: A Symposium on Tenure Reform and Land Tenure Security.

Conference Details

Date:  Monday, 24 April 2023
Time: 14h00-17h00 (SAST) and 08h00-12h00 (EST)

Hybrid: Bertha House, Mowbray, Cape Town

Platform: Zoom 


Conference Information 

Underlying most considerations related to achieving land reform as mandated by section 25 of the Constitution are implicated by successfully securing the tenure to land and resources of individuals and communities. The South African government has failed to adopt a comprehensive legal framework to recognise and protect the rights to land and resources of people and communities dispossessed of their rights as a result of the continued impact of colonialism and apartheid. The insecurity, instability, and threats to the rights held by individuals and communities in the former Bantustans because of past racist laws and policies have continued and have been exacerbated by the government’s failure and private individuals, institutions and transnational corporations failing to respect the validity of these rights.

The recognition and protection of these rights in the context of development projects and unbridled extractivism becomes even more important. It is a direct threat to a community’s right to consent- the right to say no to undesirable development projects and the right to say yes to an alternative that secures life and livelihoods on their land. It leaves them vulnerable to exploitation and dispossession at the hands of traditional leaders, the political elite and transnational corporations.

This Symposium aims to comprehensively engage with some of the central issues that must inform any attempts to develop a comprehensive legal framework for tenure reform in various contexts.

  • Virtual Panel 1: Tenure Reform – Where are we? How did we get here?
  • Virtual Panel 2: Tenure Reform and other laws 
  • Virtual Panel 3: Tenure Security and Land Holding and Administration institutions/bodies

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