On 21 November, the Parliamentary High Level Panel on the Assessment of Key Legislation and the Acceleration of Fundemantal Change (the High Level Panel) delivered its report to the Speaker of Parliament at a special meeting at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The panel, which is headed by former President Kgalema Motlanthe, was established by the South African Parliament to assess the impact of legislation passed by Parliament and Provincial Legislatures since the advent of democracy in 1994 and, particular, the effectiveness of legislative measures to address the challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment, land reform, and social cohesion. The panel consisted of 17 experts with recognised competence and expertise in the abovementioned issues.
SERI was involved in the work of the panel last year, when SERI contributed to a report on urban tenure security and informal settlements commissioned by the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape. SERI's senior associate, Lauren Royston, also participated in a round-table, organised by the High Level Panel, to address evictions in urban areas and tenure insecurity. In addition, SERI's senior research associate, Michael Clark, co-authored the commissioned report on communal land tenure.