Economic Performance and Development
Government wants rural land users to adopt fit-for-purpose land use practices. This requires, for example, that the best farmland be used - with care - for crop and livestock farming into the distant future. A recent law, the Spatial Planning Land Use Management Act (2015), sets out the rules for ideal land uses. How many rural land users are following the prescripts of this law? Policymakers find it hard to answer this question without accurate knowledge about actual land uses in rural municipalities. Policy-relevant evidence is needed to fill this information gap.
One of the dilemmas at the heart of the new urban agenda globally is whether population
growth should be accommodated by extensive or intensive urban development. Both
approaches have gained support in South Africa in recent years, albeit in different parts of
government. The paper provides a critical and constructive assessment of what lies behind
these contrasting agendas. It considers the positive and negative features of mega-projects and
urban consolidation, with an emphasis on their implications for urban efficiency and social
justice. It concludes by stressing the need to reconcile these policies in order to avoid wasteful
duplication and damage.
Land reform in South Africa intends to redress racial imbalances with regard to ownership and access to land. On the surface, the various strategy documents also talk to transferring land to black women, the youth and the disabled. Tim Hart, Margaret Chandia and Peter Jacobs reason that some interesting patterns are emerging with respect to gender relations and land ownership driven by land reform.
Dr Peter Jacobs of the Economic Performance and Development Research Programme (EPD), has received a C1 rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF).
The National Department of Tourism (NDT) is developing a new strategy for human resources advancement and needs your input.