4/27/2008

The promised land

Land reform is going too slowly in South Africa

South Africa is debating legislation to speed up the process of land reform. Fears that this presages Zimbabwean-style land-grabs are probably misplaced, but the transfer of land will be accelerated.

Legislation designed to hasten the transfer of land from white to black ownership is currently before the South African parliament. The Expropriation Amendment Bill?approved by the cabinet before being passed onto a parliamentary committee in late March?is generating considerable controversy because of fears that safeguards on land ownership may be eroded. Indeed, some critics contend that the new laws are the first step towards Zimbabwean-style land take-overs. This seems to be overly pessimistic, but the government is undeniably under pressure to speed up land reform. ...



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[Source: The Economist: News analysis

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