Budgeting for land reform

August 2004
Ruth Hall and Edward Lahiff (PLAAS Policy Brief 13)

The primary purpose of land reform in South Africa is to redistribute agricultural and other land to address the racially skewed pattern of landholding and promote development. Slow progress in land reform over the past decade underscores the urgency of finding ways to accelerate the process. The state has adopted a market-assisted approach to redistribution. This means that land is usually bought at full market price. In addition, substantial funding is needed for the implementation of the programme and for post-settlement support to beneficiaries. The budget allocated to land reform is therefore of central importance to the programme. Surveys trends in the land reform budget over the past decade, with particular emphasis on redistribution.