The Land Question! : The Drawing Room Café

The Drawing Room Café

16th Apr, 04:30 am3 months ago
17th Apr, 07:00 am

Please join us as we launch the first of what we hope will be many fruitful, educational, engaging conversations at that front room away from home - The Drawing Room. It is the perfect contemporary venue for a Salon, and we are starting with a big one - LAND.

The Land Question

In February last year, Economic Freedom Fighters' leader Julius Malema proposed a motion in Parliament to amend a section of the Constitution to allow for expropriation of land without compensation. The motion was roundedly defeated by 261 votes to 33. Again, this year in February the EFF proposed the same motion and this time the ANC is in on it. The motion was carried with an overwhelming majority. The EFF and the ANC are in agreement that the state's current land reform programme has been slow and difficult. Only 8% of land has transferred back to black people since 1994. According to a recent land audit report black South Africans own less than 2% of rural land and less than 7% of urban land.

Join Prof. Ruth Hall of PLAAS (University of The Western Cape) and Paballo Chauke of ACDI (University of Cape Town) for an audience inclusive conversation on The Land Question.

Date: Monday 16 April

Time: 6.30pm

Prof. Ruth Hall holds a DPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford, where she previously obtained an MPhil in Development Studies. Her doctoral work focused on the interests, actors and discourses that influenced the development of South African land reform policy. Key research interests that have shaped her work at PLAAS are: land tenure, restitution and redistribution, gender and development policy, and broad-based agricultural development. Her work has strongly emphasised the role of rights-based policy approaches to tenure for farm workers and other poor landholders.

Paballo Chauke has an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management (BCM) from the School of Geography and Environment (SoGE) at the University of Oxford (Oriel College) in the United Kingdom. His MSc was titled “Fighting the “Good” Fight: Green Violence and Anti-Poaching of Rhino in the Kruger National Park, South Africa”. He has a myriad of overlapping interests ranging from climate change, poverty eradication, land restitution, nature conservation and social justice just to name a few.