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Land Distribution Paradoxes and Dilemmas
Published on : Thursday, October 31, 2013
“The land question” is seldom a question. Typically it is a slew of dogmas and myths as tenacious as they are erroneous. Virtually every supposed fact about land in South Africa is not just wrong, but so far off the mark as to make the adoption of sound policies virtually impossible. Few issues are as bedevilled by the hard-wired inclination to see issues of race in black and white, in both senses of the term. A binary imperative seems to drive us into adopting one of two sides when things are seldom that simple. How many well-informed South Africans are even vaguely aware of the tenure under which Coloureds and Asians lived historically or live today, or how much land was “set aside” for their occupation, asks Leon Louw in this paper published by The Helen Suzman Foundation.
The Tragedy of Land Reform
Published on : Monday, April 14, 2008
With rice prices rising, the issue of land reforms has once again emerged on front pages of newspapers. In the Philippines, every president has used land reforms to buy support from the masses. But has such attempts to redistribute land really helped the farmers? Does land reform effectively meet the demands for social justice and productivity growth? Rather than meddling in agriculture, the government should abolish land reforms, writes Robin Lucas in Minimal Government


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