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The 79th KUASS / The 6th KU - TUFS Research Exchange Seminar


“Land Restitution in South Africa: The Post-settlement Dynamics and the Re-opening of Land Claim”

The South African Government, re-opened the lodgement of land restitution claims in 2014, marking the beginning of phase II of the land restitution programme. The lodgement of land claims for Phase I began in 1994 and closed at the end of 1998. But there has been widespread scepticism about the re-opening of the claims, with critics citing the fact that many rural claims (20 952 claims, representing 25% of the total) which were lodged during the first Phase have actually not yet been settled, and that, even those which have been settled, in over 50% of the settled claims, land has not been formally transferred. While the media and other commentators have focused on questioning the reasoning behind the re-opening of the land claims, little attention has been given to what happens after the land claim is successfully settled. This paper examines the post-settlement dynamics, especially settlement claims involving the restoration of land. The paper argues that there are many challenges facing claimants post-settlement, and most of these challenges relate to the process of settling the claims. The paper draws from a study conducted in the Eastern Cape Province in 2014.

Speaker: Dr. Horman Chitonge
(Professor, Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town; Visiting Professor, African Studies Center, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)

Date: 17:00-18:30, 9th July 2018 (Monday)

Venue: Conference Room I (#330), 3rd Floor, Inamori Foundation Building, Kyoto University [MAP]

Language: English
Intended for: All
Admission: Free and No Registration Needed

Inquiries:
The Center for African Area Studies (Kyoto University)
E-mail: caas * jambo.africa.kyoto-u.ac.jp (replace * with @)

Organizer:
The Center for African Area Studies (Kyoto University),
African Studies Center (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)






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