Land Reform requires Holy Cows to be sacrificed

August 2001
Ben Cousins (PLAAS)

Critiques recent official statements that land reform policies are not contentious.
Argues that there is desperate need of a re-think, failing which urban and rural land invasions will increase. We need a new paradigm on the respective roles of the state and market. Argues that government must become a proactive agent of land redistribution, that high quality land along the borders of the former reserves be targeted, that land and natural resources are vital, but not the only, focus of development. Concludes that land reform is inherently complex and slow.