Economic Performance and Development

There are bigger issues than property rights in the land debate

The land question has been reduced to a debate between safeguarding property rights and expropriation. The preoccupation of both standpoints with the issue of ownership has diverted attention from the crucial matter of the use and development of land. Broadening the debate is vital to make sense of the current predicament facing cities, which now accommodate two-thirds of SA’s population.


Right to housing in South Africa

Prof Ivan Turok and Dr Andreas Sheba published a paper on the right to housing in SA.

‘Right to the city’ and the New Urban Agenda: learning from the right to housing by Ivan Turok & Andreas Scheba

To cite this article: Ivan Turok & Andreas Scheba (2018): ‘Right to the city’ and the New Urban Agenda: learning from the right to housing, Territory, Politics, Governance, DOI:

10.1080/21622671.2018.1499549






Young Women and the Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations recently hosted its inaugural yearly training on how young women leaders can realise their aspirations through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The training took place in Maputo, Mozambique’s capital, from 17 July through 2 August.

Lebohang Makobane, a junior researcher in EPD, was part of this talented group of 24 trainees mainly from Africa and Latin America. Chapters of The Grail, a global non-governmental organization which forms part of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, was responsible for recruiting participants.

Gender equity and women's empowerment

The academic leadership of the HSRC is well-established in the domain of ‘Gender Equity and Women’s Empowerment’.

Spatial inequalities and policies in South Africa: Place-based or people-centred?

Article by Alison Todesa and Ivan Turok

There is a renewed battle of ideas about the best way to tackle spatial inequalities within nations and regions (Barca, 2009; McCann, 2016; OECD, 2009; World Bank, 2009). The contest between different approaches has been spurred by heightened competition for investment in a context of economic volatility and geopolitical uncertainty. A popular backlash against globalisation in many lagging regions has added to the pressure for new solutions to uneven development, reflected in international commitments to ‘leave no-one behind’ in the Sustainable Development Goals and other agreements.

Economic Performance and Development (EPD) launches high-profile project on farmland reform

Limiting the size of landholding, through land ceilings and expropriation, has moved to the forefront of land reform debates as well as how to revive prosperous smallholders in South Africa. However, land ceilings have not only stirred up heated debates, but has also attracted some level of controversy, as key stakeholders hold conflicting positions, which are informed by different conceptions, analytical approaches and methodologies. The need therefore exists to bring clarity by scientifically establishing the appropriate agricultural land sizes for each agro climatic region of the country using robust methodologies

Economic Performance and Development (EPD) launches high-profile project on farmland reform

Economic Performance and Development (EPD) launches high-profile project on farmland reform

Limiting the size of landholding, through land ceilings and expropriation, has moved to the forefront of land reform debates as well as how to revive prosperous smallholders in South Africa. However, land ceilings have not only stirred up heated debates, but has also attracted some level of controversy, as key stakeholders hold conflicting positions, which are informed by different conceptions, analytical approaches and methodologies. The need therefore exists to bring clarity by scientifically establishing the appropriate agricultural land sizes for each agro climatic region of the country using robust methodologies.

Does moving to a city mean a better life? New evidence

Moving to a city in search of work seems to pay off for many poor people in the countryside. Data that track changes over time indicate that as many as 385 000 people were lifted from poverty between 2008 and 2014 after moving from rural to urban areas – their poverty levels were halved together with a fall in unemployment. Government ambivalence about urbanisation should be replaced by a more positive and pro-active approach.

HSRC Imonti Modern book presented to Arts and Culture Minister

A new HSRC book, Imonti Modern: Picturing the Life and Times of a South African Location by Leslie Bank (EPD) and Mxolisi Qebeyi, a community activist from Duncan Village, East London, was launched at the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) conference in Port Elizabeth on the 8th March 2018. The Minster of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, who opened and attended the conference, responded positively to the book and encouraged the production of more volumes of this kind in South Africa.

The impact of hearing loss: Dealing with silence and noise

Hearing loss is not simply a medical matter, but more a communication impairment with social ramifications that have a significant impact on your personal life and career. Tim Hart, a senior research project manager at the HSRC, spoke to the HSRC Review about the sacrifices and positive choices that he has made to live with profound hearing disability.

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