On 19 April 2018, 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, hosted a half-day short course for journalists on various aspects of land reform at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg. The half-day workshop sought to clear the muddy waters around land reform, and equip journalists with the tools to interrogate both land reform policies and the statements politicians, activists, farmers and others make about land reform. Approximately 40 journalists participated in the workshop.
The workshop clarified the 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 also provided journalists with useful reference materials 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.
The course was presented by Ruth Hall and Ben Cousins (from PLAAS) and Lauren Royston (from SERI).