Making Cities A Home Achieving Urban Land Reform final v2 1 W1800 Mcrop upscale1 CZ1 I1 Q80 P50 50 ratio WQ70On 8 July 2021, SERI executive director Nomzamo Zondo participated in a dialogue hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation entitled ‘Making Cities a Home: achieving urban land reform’. At the dialogue, the Nelson Mandela Foundation also launched three papers on urban land reform which is commissioned in April 2019.

SERI authored two of the papers entitled, 'Urban land redistribution: A proposed approach to equitable access to urban land' and 'Urban tenure security: A proposed approach to urban land tenure reform'. The Development Action Group (DAG) authored the paper entitled, An urban land reform model: Unlocking well-located publicly-owned land to deliver affordable rental housing in South African urban areas. The aim of the papers was to inform the South African debate about land reform and propose a feasible approach to urban land reform which could, in the near future, be implemented.

At the dialogue and launch, Nomzamo Zondo spoke alongside, DAG's Querida Daal, where she spoke about the background and motivation for the papers SERI produced which draw largely from SERI's experience of working with inner-city and informal settlement communities. In her inputs, Zondo emphasised the urgent need for the land expropriation tool to be used to acquire and develop the land on which people currently live, and to stop the criminalisation of unlawful occupying communities in urban areas.

SERI and DAG's contributions were followed by a keynote address by Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille and a conversation between her and Adv. Tembeka Ngcukaitobi SC.

  • Watch a recording of the dialogue here.
  • Read more about the papers here.

Download the full reports here:

SERI developed summary reports of the urban land redistribution and urban tenure security papers which can be accessed here:

  • Download the summary report on urban tenure security here
  • Download the summary report on urban land redistribution here

urban land papers and summaries