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The Land  Administration and Governance in South Africa (LAGSA) programme focuses on land governance issues in South Africa and beyond. The aim is to contribute to the growing body of work on land governance in South Africa. The specific aim of the PARI land initiative is to contribute to improved land governance through building state capacity, enhancing state–CSO engagements by generating empirical evidence and building the state’s capacity to uphold the South African Constitution.

LAGSA  focuses on the need for increased attention to the land governance and administration issues. The continued contestation in policy and practice around land issues, institutional dynamics, ​slow ​progress ​on ​South ​Africa​’​s ​land ​reform ​programme​, decline in systematic outputs on land administration, lack of coherence on policy implementation at the local government level, ​the ​current debate ​ ​on ​land administration​, polarised interpretations and positions among the stakeholders in the sector as illustrated in the and litigation  ongoing discussions around land expropriation highlight the need for this intervention.

The approach includes case study research, multi-stakeholder convenings,  conference presentations, capacity development of stakeholders, generating alternative narratives and amplifying the voice of the marginalised in the land governance discourse.  The national level intervention will focus on the state capability, diagnostic study of land administration and functions and enhancing the narratives and repositories of land in South Africa.  The sub-national case studies will focus on selected provincial land administration, municipal, traditional, and religious land governance authorities to interrogate decentralised land administration, impact on designated persons, amplifying the voices of the marginalised and generating alternative narratives 

Lead: Dr Gaynor Paradza 

Researchers: Dr Mbongiseni Buthelezi, Thatshisiwe Ndlovu

LandOp EdPublications
October 15, 2020

Op ed | A New Part for the Course

By Federica Duca   Recent news of the redevelopment of the River Club in Cape Town, and a furore about the lease renewal of the Rondebosch golf course in the...
September 18, 2020

WATCH | Land Policy-Making in SA Webinar

Towards Coherent Land Policy-Making in SA: insights and Lessons was the first webinar held by PARI's Land Governance Programme. The webinar, on 16 September 2020, featured dynamic inputs from land...
September 7, 2020

Webinar | Towards Coherent Land Policy-Making in SA: Insights and Lessons

Achieving coherence in land governance remains a challenge in South Africa. Attempts to  reconcile diverse claims involve trade-offs and compromises. South Africa finds itself locked in these policy processes to...
August 24, 2020

Open Letter to the President | We are not ‘in this together’

OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT: WE ARE NOT 'IN THIS TOGETHER’, POOR WOMEN NEED LAND JUSTICE! Dear President Ramaphosa, We appreciate your efforts in trying to curb the rampant spread...
July 28, 2020

Webinar | Land Reform and the Art of Government: The role and capacity of the state

Dr Mbongiseni Buthelezi will be participating in this webinar, organised by PLAAS at the University of the Western Cape, on government roles and capacities in land reform. Watch the public...
March 15, 2020

Postponed | Joburg Urban Governance Dialogue

Following the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa declaring Covid-19 a national disaster, please be advised that this event has been postponed. We will be in communication during this week about...
November 28, 2019

Retreat and Belonging in Upper Class Gated Communities

Dr Federica Duca presented at a conference at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, titled Breaking down the nation-state: retreat and belonging in upper class gated communities in Johannesburg....
HR & VacanciesLandNews
October 7, 2019

Vacancy | Senior Researcher: Land Sector

SENIOR RESEARCHER: LAND SECTOR Closing date: 31 October 2019   The Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) is a Johannesburg-based organisation that studies the effectiveness of state institutions in the discharge...
July 30, 2019

The Politics Of Leisure And Exclusion: Critical perspectives on golf

On 25 July, Dr Federica Duca gave a lecture to University of Johannesburg's third-year Architecture students (UJ FADA). The title of the lecture was The Politics of Leisure and Exclusion:...
LandNewstraditional leaders
May 30, 2019

Listen | Mbongiseni Buthelezi on Traditional Leadership and Democracy

The evolution of traditional leadership and its impact post-democracy THIS ARTICLE WAS FIRST PUBLISHED HERE   We have seen a number of stories around developments in various royal households in...
May 6, 2019

Is Leisure Innocent?: Reflections from Golf Courses

Senior Researcher Dr Federica Duca participates in the Wiser/UMichigan Mellon collaborative seminar titled Spatial Typologies and the Built Environment: Navigating African Urban Landscapes. Dr Duca will talk on Monday, 6...
April 20, 2019

Watch | Traditional Leaders in a Democracy Interview with Mbongiseni Buthelezi

Mbongiseni Buthelezi speaks about unaccountable leaders and apartheid legacies in an interview about the book, on which he is one of the editors, "Traditional Leaders in a Democracy: Resources, Respect...
April 12, 2019

Federica Duca on Wealth Inequality

The Southern Centre for Inequality Studies recently held a symposium on understanding inequality in the global South. The pre-conference event on 9 April 2019 featured a presentation by Dr Federica...
February 28, 2019

Traditional Leaders in a Democracy

Dr Mbongiseni Buthelezi is one of the three editors on the book launched by the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mistra) on 28 February 2019.   Published by Jacana Media,...
November 7, 2018

Workshop and Exhibition | Gated Communities and Townhouse Complexes

Gated Communities & Townhouse Complexes Workshop and Exhibition   In collaboration with IFAS (French Institute of South Africa) and LAVUE (Université Paris, Nanterre), PARI co-hosts a workshop on 14 November...
October 1, 2018

Federica Duca on gated communities | Paris

Federica Duca was in Paris on 28 September, attending a seminar on gated communities. This half-day workshop took place at Nanterre University to reflect on the evolutions of urbanism in...
March 13, 2018

Chapter | The Salience of Chiefs in Post Apartheid South Africa

Recently published is Mbongiseni Buthelezi's co-authored chapter on chieftancy in contemporary South Africa, in: Comaroff, J.L. and J. Comaroff. eds., 2018. The Politics of Custom: Chiefship, Capital and the State...
September 18, 2017

Rethinking Urban Global Justice

From September 11-13, Federica Duca attended the RC21 Conference in Leeds, titled Rethinking Urban Global Justice: An international academic conference for critical urban studies. Duca convened a roundtable “Elites and...
September 4, 2017

Urban Anxieties in the Global South

On 16 August, senior researcher Federica Duca gave a talk at Urban Anxieties in the Global South, a project by Wits Media Studies and WiSER. Federica’s talk titled, “Macabre and...
August 21, 2017

GCRO Brown Bag: Regimes of Urban Public Goods

PARI and GCRO invite you to a brown bag presentation by Benjamin Bradlow Regimes of Urban Public Goods Distribution: Governing Johannesburg, 1990-2016 Date: 30 August 2017 Time: 13.00-14.00 Venue: GCRO,...
August 15, 2012

Living Together, Separately in the New South Africa: The Case of Integrated Housing in Mohale City and Lehae Project

COMMISSIONED RESEARCH | AUGUST 2012Living Together, Separately in the New South Africa: The Case of Integrated Housing in Mohale City and Lehae Project Over the past few years, there had...
June 15, 2012

Middle classing in Roodepoort: capitalism and social change in South Africa

LONG ESSAY | JUNE 2012Middle classing in Roodepoort: capitalism and social change in South Africa This essay explores social change in South Africa since the end of apartheid by considering...