Land reform

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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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A, Harrison, T and Benseler, A (2002), Municipal Commonage Management in Emthanjeni Municipality, De Aar Area, unpublished report, Local Government Support and Learning Programme, Department of Local Government, Northern Cape.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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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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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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The Contribution of Municipal Commonage to Local People’s Livelihoods in Small South African Towns

Davenport, N (2008), The Contribution of Municipal Commonage to Local People’s Livelihoods in Small South African Towns, MSc thesis, Rhodes University, Grahamstown.   Abstract To redress past discrepancies in land tenure, the ANC government acknowledged that land needs to be made accessible to the previously disadvantaged, announcing that commonage would be a pillar of their […]

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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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The need for agricultural extension services for municipal commonage farmers

Atkinson, D (2007), “The need for agricultural extension services for municipal commonage farmers”, Journal of Agricultural Extension, vol. 36.   Abstract  The paper focuses on the agricultural skills of black and coloured “emergent” farmers using municipal commonage land in South Africa. This paper is based on in-depth interviews with 28 commonage users, undertaken in Philippolis […]

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