Land reform in South Africa : effects on land prices and productivity

Van Rooyen, J. C. (2009) Land reform in South Africa : effects on land prices and productivity. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.




South Africa’s land redistribution policy (1994-2008) has been widely publicised, and has come under scrutiny of late from the public, private and government spheres, highlighting a need for research in this area. The research examines progress in South Africa’s land redistribution programme in two of KwaZulu-Natal’s district municipalities, Uthungulu and iLembe. Specifically the research investigates whether the government has paid above market prices when purchasing sugarcane farmland for redistribution in these districts. Moreover, it is illustrated how productivity on redistributed farms has been affected with the changes in ownership. To investigate the research questions, reviews of theories pertaining to property rights, land reform and market structures were conducted. Moreover, two cases studies were conducted in the districts of Uthungulu and iLembe, with assistance from the Department of Land Affairs, Inkezo Land Company and the South African Cane Growers Association. The case study data indicate that above ordinary market prices have been paid (2004-2006) by the government for sugarcane farmland in the districts concerned, and further that productivity has been negatively impacted ‘during’ and ‘post‘ transfer, in the majority of cases.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Land reform; land redistribution
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD101 Land use
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Commerce > Economics and Economic History
Supervisors:Mbatha, C. (Dr)
ID Code:1676
Deposited By: Nicolene Mvinjelwa
Deposited On:18 Jun 2010 10:07
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:21
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