Become A South African Land Reform Guru


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Course Become A South African Land Reform Guru
Programme Type Provider Programme
Partner Institute To Be Announced
Award Type MathsGee Short Course Certificate
Award Issued By MathsGee
Accredited By Not Applicable
SAQA ID Not Applicable
NQF Level Not Applicable
Course Duration Self-Paced
Entrance Criteria
  • Basic Literacy

This Course is an 8-part series discussing land reform to try and clear up some of the misperceptions pertaining to the subject. The 8-part series was put together by the South African Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies’ (PLAAS’)Prof Ruth Hall and Prof Ben Cousins in association with The Nelson Mandela Foundation.


Who Should Take This Course?

The course was originally created as a crash course for journalists to fully understand the topic of land reform in South Africa, however it has been opened up to the public to consume and use this as a basis to have meaningful discourse.



This course takes half a day as a workshop, but is self-paced for the online version.



PLAAS has, since 1995, provided independent evidence-based policy advice and engaged in public debate about land reform and related matters. Overwhelmed by demands to engage with the media, PLAAS created this course.

This course seeks to clear the muddy waters around land reform, and equip journalists with the tools to interrogate both land reform policies and the various statements politicians, activists, farmers and others make about land reform. The course clarifies issues around the ‘willing buyer, willing seller’ principle, land expropriation, budgets for land acquisition and farmer support, farm evictions, women’s land rights, traditional leaders and traditional councils, foreign land ownership and more.

The course also provides journalists with useful reference material to use when covering land reform issues, and ideas about key land reform questions that are not being answered by current land reform policy and practice.

In each area, we aim to provide background to the controversial issues; what was meant to be done (legal and policy requirements); what has actually been done (implementation and outcomes); the spectrum of options and opinions; and ideas for media stories and questions to be addressed.





1. History & Politics of Land Dispossession
2. Land Redistribution
3. Land Restitution
4. Post Settlement Support & Agrarian Reform
5. Communal Areas & Traditional Authorities
6. Farm Dwellers & Labour Tenants
7. Urban Land Reform
8. The “Property Clause” in the Constitution

Submission to the Constitutional Review Committee – PLAAS

Narratives of scarcity: Framing the global land rush

Photo Credit: GrainSA

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