Review of Municipal Commonage programme of the Department of Land Affairs

The term municipal commonage is traditionally applied to land owned by a municipality or local authority. The land was usually acquired through state grants or from the church. The land was granted to serve the needs and interests of the poorer residents of the specific town.  Commonage lost its traditional character when previously disadvantaged residents…

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Commonage in Philippolis

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 from their 19th century predecessors. In some cases, for example in Aberdeen in the United Kingdom, municipal commonage land was…

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The Governance and Management of Commonages in three Small Towns in the Eastern Cape

Martens, C (2009), The Governance and Management of Commonages in three Small Towns in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, Masters thesis, Environmental Science, Rhodes University, Grahamstown.   Abstract Commonage is land that is usually found adjacent to a town, which is owned by the local municipality and acquired through state grants or, historically, through the church. Since…

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Municipal Commonage Management in Emthanjeni Municipality, De Aar Area

Cartwright, A, Harrison, T and Benseler, A (2002), Municipal Commonage Management in Emthanjeni Municipality, De Aar Area, unpublished report, Local Government Support and Learning Programme, Department of Local Government, Northern Cape.   Introduction The National Department of Agriculture and Land Affairs has set the target of redistributing 30% of the land to black aspirant farmers by…

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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 Unpublished report, Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria.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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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 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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Taking stock of land reform in Namibia from 1990 to 2005

Ingle, M (2011), Taking stock of land reform in Namibia from 1990 to 2005, New Contree, 62 pp. 55 – 70.   Abstract The land reform debate in Namibia has been predicated on a number of questionable assumptions and is atypical of the scenarios presented by other SADC countries. The one point of similarity is that the…

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Municipal commonage in South Africa: A public good going bad?

Ingle, M (2006), “Municipal commonage in South Africa: A public good going bad?”, in Africa Insight, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 46-55. Abstract This article deals with the ‘Cinderella’ of urban spaces – municipal commonage. The author argues that commonage is a valuable natural heritage resource. However, municipalities face pitfalls in giving expression to central…

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