The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI), in partnership with the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will host two half-day short courses for journalists on various aspects of land reform. These half-day workshops seek to clear the muddy waters around land reform, and equip journalists with the tools to interrogate both land reform policies and the various statements politicians, activists, farmers and others make about land reform.
The workshop seeks to clarify issues around the ‘willing buyer, willing seller’ principle, land expropriation, urban land reform, budgets for land acquisition and farmer support, farm evictions, women’s land rights, traditional leaders and traditional councils, foreign land ownership and more. The workshop will also provide journalists with useful reference material to use when covering land reform issues, and ideas about key land reform questions that are not being answered by current land reform policy and practice. In each area, we will aim to provide background to the controversial issues; what was meant to be done (legal and policy requirements); what has actually been done (implementation and outcomes); the spectrum of options and opinions; and ideas for media stories and questions to be addressed.
The workshops will be held at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town on 16 April 2018, and at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg on 19 April 2018.
The course will be presented by Ruth Hall and Ben Cousins (from PLAAS) and Lauren Royston (from SERI).