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    White farmers dealings with land reform in South Africa: Evidence from northern Limpopo province

    Fraser, Alistair (2008) White farmers dealings with land reform in South Africa: Evidence from northern Limpopo province. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 99 (1). pp. 24-36. ISSN 0040-747X

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    Completing restitution, a key element of South Africa’s land reform programme, entails government acquisition of white-owned farms. Some white farmers are willing to sell and consequently the government has paid them full market-related compensation. Others, however, refuse to sell, a right they have under the terms of the willing-seller, willing-buyer principle to which the government has committed itself. Why white farmers refuse to sell, even when compensation is on offer, is poorly understood. This paper therefore draws on qualitative research concerning white farmers in the Levubu area of northern Limpopo province to fill this gap in knowledge. The paper asks why white farmers were refusing to sell land to make way for restitution. It interrogates the material and symbolic factors affecting farmers’ action and demonstrates that the respondents’ justified their stance in relation to shifts in power in the agricultural sector, developments in land reform practice, and the respondents’ strong emotional bond to the land. In so doing, the paper calls into question the underlying (materialist) logic of the government’s mode of land acquisition.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Land restitution; South Africa; semi-structured interviews; willing-seller, willing-buyer; White farmers; Limpopo province; Levubu;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 6508
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    Depositing User: Alistair Fraser
    Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2015 10:22
    Journal or Publication Title: Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie
    Publisher: Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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