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Book launch – Untitled: Securing Land Tenure in Urban and Rural South Africa

A title deed = tenure security. Or does it?

This book challenges this simple equation and its apparently self-evident assumptions. It argues that two very different property paradigms characterise South Africa.

The first is the dominant paradigm of private property, referred to as an ‘edifice’, against which all other property regimes are measured and ranked. However, the majority of South Africans gain access to land and housing through very different processes, which this book calls social or off-register tenures. These tenures are poorly understood, a gap Untitled aims to address.

The book reveals that ‘informal’ and customary property systems can be well organised, often providing substantial tenure security, but lack official recognition and support. This makes them difficult to service and vulnerable to elite capture.

Policy interventions usually aim to formalise these arrangements by issuing title deeds. The case studies in this book, which span both rural and urban contexts in South Africa, examine these interventions and the unintended consequences they often give rise to. Interventions based on an understanding of locally embedded property relations are more likely to succeed than those that attempt to transform them into registered tenures. However, emerging practices hit intractable obstacles associated with the ‘edifice’, which only a substantial transformation of the legal paradigms can overcome.

Donna Hornby is an independent critical researcher for non-governmental organisations on rural land, tenure and agricultural issues.
Rosalie Kingwill is an independent policy and academic researcher specialising in land tenure and property rights.
Lauren Royston is a development planner and researcher who works on tenure security in southern Africa with a range of organisations.
Ben Cousins holds a DST/NRF chair in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape.

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  • Date: Wednesday, 28 June 2017
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town | Map
  • Guest Speaker: Philile Ntuli
  • RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com, 021 462 2425
     

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    • Untitled: Securing Land Tenure in Urban and Rural South Africa edited by Donna Hornby, Rosalie Kingwill, Lauren Royston, Ben Cousins
      EAN: 9781869143503
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Book launch: The Art of Life in South Africa by Daniel R. Magaziner

University of KwaZulu-Natal Press and Adams Books cordially invite you to the launch of The Art of Life in South Africa by Daniel Magaziner.

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Durban book launch of The Swimming Lesson and Other Stories by Kobus Moolman

University of KwaZulu-Natal Press and Adams Books invite you to the launch of The Swimming Lesson and other stories.

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Book launch: The Illustrated Glossary of Southern African Architectural Terms

Franco Frescura, one of the authors of Illustrated Glossary of Southern African Architectural Terms will be giving talks on this book and its impact not only on architecture, but also on an inclusive account of cultural history in SA

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Book launch: The Swimming Lesson and other stories by Kobus Moolman

UKZN Press and Epworth School invite you to the launch of Kobus Moolman’s The Swimming Lesson and other stories.

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Durban book launch of Tribing and Untribing the Archive: Volumes 1 and 2

University of KwaZulu-Natal Press invites you to the launch of Tribing and Untribing the Archive. Dr Vukile Khumalo will be in conversation with editors Carolyn Hamilton and Nessa Leibhammer.

Both volumes of Tribing and Untribing the Archive will be sold as a single set.

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Panel discussion – Tribing and Untribing the Archive: Volumes 1 and 2 by Carolyn Hamilton and Nessa Leibhammer

University of KwaZulu-Natal Press and the Department of Historical Studies, University of Cape Town invite you to a panel discussion of Tribing and Untribing the Archive. Both volumes will be sold as a single set.

The discussion will be followed by snacks.

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Book launch: Tribing and Untribing the Archive: Volumes 1 and 2

University of KwaZulu-Natal Press and the Public Affairs Research Institute invite you to the launch of Tribing and Untribing the Archive: volumes one and two. Both volumes will be sold as a single set during the launch.

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Jane Duncan discusses the media’s role in fees protests and the aftermath of Marikana at the launch of Protest Nation

Jane Duncan discusses the media’s role in fees protests and the aftermath of Marikana at the launch of Protest Nation

 

Protest NationProfessor Jane Duncan was at the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) Centre in Braamfontein recently to launch her new book: Protest Nation: The Right to Protest in South Africa.

Protest Nation looks at the right to protest, Duncan said, as well as how the right is enabled and how it can be abused.

The book comes at a time when the country is grappling with university protests, and a couple of months after the local government elections. The university protests have been marked by intimidation and property destruction, while the elections saw the South African Broadcasting Corporation censoring protest actions it saw as “destructive and regressive” – a decision which was overturned by regulatory board the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa.

One of Duncan’s aims is to rectify inaccurate protest data floating around in the public domain. She said she often finds fault with data sourced from the media and stressed that interested parties should source credible data from municipal and police records instead.

Current censorship and the crackdown on protests that authorities deemed “unlawful” began in 2011 during the local government elections, Duncan said, when an “embarrassed” government resorted to censoring and delegitimising protests.

Municipalities responded by introducing a “wave of prohibitions” when service delivery protests intensified, according to Duncan. This saw the Regulation of Gatherings Act – the law which sets out protest guidelines – being “used as a censorship and political tool”.

Duncan believes the scrutiny on protestors has intensified in the period between the 2011 elections and the university protests last year and this year, with protestors reportedly being harassed, profiled and arrested.

While evidence points to the fact that that protests are increasing in South Africa, Duncan says the media tends to sensationalise the violent protests, while “ignoring peaceful protests”.

Jane Duncan discusses the media’s role in fees protests and the aftermath of Marikana at the launch of Protest Nation“The violence is overstated in media reports which makes people believe that violence has become endemic to protesting,” she said. “They’ve created a moral panic.”

The side effects of exaggerating protest violence is that municipalities and authorities use it as an excuse to increase censorship, and to apply stricter conditions to protest permits. This creates the illusion in the public’s eye that protests are decreasing, when in fact municipalities are choosing not to approve them.

Duncan also spoke about the consequences of the deadly Marikana protests, saying that their aftermath ushered in a number of economic and political shifts that South Africa could ill afford, notably the “fracturing of Cosatu, the expulsion of Numsa and the formation of the Economic Freedom Fighters”.

But a protest as tragic as Marikana would not repeat itself, Duncan said.

Interestingly, the book launch was initially scheduled for the University of Johannesburg, but had to be postponed to a later date and transferred to the SAHRC because it had not met the university’s risk assessment test.

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Lungile Sojini (@success_mail) tweeted live from the event:

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Don’t miss the launch of Michael Chapman’s Green in Black-and-White Times: Conversations with Douglas Livingstone in Durban

Invitation to the launch of Green in Black-and-White Times: Conversations with Douglas Livingstone

 
Green in Black-and-White Times: Conversations with Douglas LivingstoneUniversity of KwaZulu-Natal Press cordially invite you to the launch of Green in Black-and-White Times: Conversations with Douglas Livingstone.

The book recollects conversations over a period of almost 20 years between the scientist-poet and literary critic Michael Chapman.

The event will take place at St Clements Restaurant in Durban on Monday, 31 October.

Don’t miss it!

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  • Date: Monday, 31 October 2016
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: St Clements Restaurant
    191 Musgrave Rd
    Durban | Map
  • Refreshments: Cash bar
  • RSVP: elliotts@ukzn.ac.za, 033 260 5226

 
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