Land reform

Breaking down barriers: Policy gaps and new options in South African land reform

Doreen Atkinson (2010), Breaking down barriers: Policy gaps and new options in South African land reform, in J Daniel, P Naidoo, D Pillay and R Southall (eds), South Africa in Crisis: Development or Decline? The New South African Review 1, Wits University Press, Johannesburg. The book can be purchased on abebooks.com: http://www.abebooks.com or contact the […]

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Commonage in Philippolis. Masters in Sustainable Agriculture

Mogoere, MM (2010), Commonage in Philippolis. Masters in Sustainable Agriculture mini-thesis, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein.   BACKGROUND In the south western provinces of South Africa, municipalities own vast tracts of agricultural land. This phenomenon is primarily found in rural towns in the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape and the Free State. Many municipalities inherited public land […]

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Emergent farmers, local knowledge and the implications for land reform

Atkinson, D and Buscher, B (2005), Emergent farmers, local knowledge and the implications for land reform: A profile of commonage users in Philippolis, Free State, Unpublished report, Centre for Development Support, University of the Free State.   Introduction and background It is a curious phenomenon that modern municipalities in the southern provinces of South Africa own […]

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From on-farm to own farm?

Atkinson, D, Pienaar, D and Zingel, J (2004), From on-farm to own farm? The role of farm worker unions in land reform in South Africa, Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria, for the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). Unpublished report.   Introduction This report forms the South African Country Study of a comparative regional study being […]

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Goat production in the Northern Cape: What are the impacts of farmer training?

Burgess, A (2009), Goat production in the Northern Cape: What are the impacts of farmer training? MBA thesis, Rhodes University, Grahamstown.   Introduction After many international sessions, meetings, conferences and debates the world is faced with the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), resolutions taken at the Millennium Summit where world leaders committed themselves to eight goals to be attained […]

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Municipal Commonage Administration in the Free State Province

Buso, N (2002), Municipal Commonage Administration in the Free State Province: Can Municipalities in the current Local Government Dispensation promote emerging farming? Unpublished report, Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria.   PURPOSE OF RESEARCH The primary purpose of doing the research concerned was to establish whether municipalities in the current local government dispensation in the Free State […]

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Municipal commonage administration in the Northern Cape

Benseler, A (2002), Municipal commonage administration in the Northern Cape: Can municipalities promote emergent farming? Unpublished report, Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria.   INTRODUCTION Land reform is becoming a key part of government policy, especially in the light of land reform pressures in countries like Zimbabwe. It is clear to national and provincial governments that land reform […]

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Municipal commonage and ecological knowledge in the Nama Karoo

Atkinson, D (2007), “Municipal commonage and ecological knowledge in the Nama Karoo”, Development Southern Africa, vol. 24, no. 5, December 2007.   Abstract This paper examines the problem of managing municipal commonage land in the Nama Karoo, which is increasingly being used by black or coloured emergent farmers. Many of these live in the towns […]

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Municipal commonage and implications for land reform

Atkinson, D and Buscher, B (2006), “Municipal commonage and implications for land reform: A profile of commonage users in Philippolis, South Africa” , Agrekon, volume 45, no. 4, December 2006.   Abstract This paper reports on a survey of municipal commonage users, which was undertaken in Philippolis in the southern Free State, in May 2005. […]

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Municipal commonage in South Africa

Atkinson D (2013), Municipal commonage in South Africa: A critique of artificial dichotomies in policy debates on agriculture, African Journal of Range & Forage Science, Volume 30, Issue 1-2, 2013,     Abstract The paper critiques Vetter’s (in this issue) assertion that commercialisation of smallholder agriculture holds dangers for sustainable rangeland management. The paper argues […]

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