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Title:Buying Naboth's vineyard: the challenges of land transfer under the 1936 Native Trust and Land Act
Author:Hay, Michelle
Periodical:African Studies (ISSN 1469-2872)
Geographic terms:South Africa
Subjects:land reform
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/00020184.2012.740880
Abstract:Under the 1936 Natives Trust and Land Act, the government of South Africa 'released' about 6.5 percent of the country's land from the restrictions of the 1913 Land Act. The South African Native Trust was established to purchase farms within and sometimes adjoining these 'released areas' for the purpose of African settlement. This article looks at the process of land buying under the 1936 Act in the Letaba District of the Northern Transvaal, an area which saw substantial land redistribution from 1937 to 1960, including the acquisition by the SANT of highly desirable, arable farms. This process, including a failed attempt to restore 'ancient tribal land' to local chiefs who had been dispossessed of it in the previous century, reveals the many challenges and contradictions inherent in a programme of land redistribution. The author argues that understanding this process of land transfer from private owners to the State provides valuable insights for land reform policymakers. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]