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23 June 2021
Webinar: Dispossession and repossession of farmland post-fast track land reform in Zimbabwe
The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) invites you to a webinar titled: “Dispossession and repossession of farmland post-fast track land reform in Zimbabwe”.

Speakers include: 
  • Siphosami Malunga – Director, The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA)
  • Professor Jonathan Moyo – Zimbabwe’s former Minister of Higher & Tertiary Education, Science & Technology Development
  • Cynthia Gwenzi – Gender Wellness and Advocacy Officer: Platform for Youth and Community Development (PYCD), Chisumbanje Community, Chipinge
  • Khanya Noko – Vice Board Chairperson, Masvingo Centre for Research Advocacy and Development (MACRA), Chilonga Community, Chiredzi
  • Flora Nekatambe – Member of the Royal Family, Dinde Community, Hwange
The webinar will be chaired by Dr Phillan Zamchiya, PLAAS, University of the Western Cape.

The preoccupation with the radical repossession of largely white-owned commercial farms – since 2000 – for reallocation to millions of black families, although very important, has occluded attention to contradictory but silent processes of state-led dispossession of black communities living on customary land and a new wave of repossession of farmland from black owners. This generates new questions about the evolving nature of the post-colonial Zimbabwean state & interrelated party practices and the intertwined land questions of dispossession & elite concentration. 

The webinar will therefore engage with the following questions:
  • Who is being dispossessed, how and why? 
  • Who is the state targeting for repossession, how and why? 
  • What is the nature of the state? 
  • What needs to be done?
Tune in on Thursday 24 June 2021 at:
13:00 South African Standard Time (SAST)/Central African Time (CAT)
12:00 West African Time (WAT)
11:00 Greenwich Meridian Time (GMT) (Ghana)
14:00 East African Time (EAT) (Tanzania)

The webinar will be hosted on the Zoom platform: please join meeting here.