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20 July 2021
Webinar: Understanding the 18th Constitutional Amendment and its implications for land reform
The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) invites you to a webinar titled: “Understanding the 18th Constitutional Amendment and its implications for land reform”.

Speakers include: 
  • Tshepo Fokane, Research and Media Officer, Alliance for Rural Development
  • Edward Molopi, Research and Advocacy Officer, Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa
  • Professor Elmien Du Plessis, Law Professor, North West University
The webinar will be chaired by Dr Farai Mtero from the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape. 

The process to amend the constitution to allow for expropriation of land without compensation has been highly contested. Since the National Assembly adopted the motion to amend the constitution to explicitly allow for expropriation of land without compensation, the Section 25 Adhoc Committee is yet to finalise the legislative process to effect the proposed changes to the Constitution.

This webinar will examine the legislative process to amend Section 25 of the constitution and assess the possible implications of these proposed changes for land reform in South Africa. Among other things, the draft 18th Constitutional Amendment contains a new proposal on state custodianship as a mechanism that will ensure equitable access to land. It remains uncertain if the proposed constitutional changes will yield a transformative and pro-poor land reform. This webinar will discuss the significance and implications of the proposed amendments to Section 25 of the Constitution for land reform in South Africa.

This webinar will discuss these questions:
  • Does the current constitution sufficiently provide for expropriation without compensation and if so in what ways?
  • To what extent are the proposed amendments likely to contribute to equitable land reform in South Africa?
  • What is the meaning of state custodianship?
  • Are there any successful models of state custodianship of land and resources?
  • What are the possible impacts of the proposed changes to section 25 of the Constitution?
Tune in on Thursday, 22 July 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)