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Blood and Soil

Across southern Africa, the question of land use, ownership and access are of vital importance. In the region, the land question is rightly and invariably viewed in light of the tremendous historic injustice inflicted on black Africa during the colonial period. This is particularly the case in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia, where white settlers seized prime land and pushed the indigenous black populations onto overcrowded and often inferior lands. White economic elites in the region were also often able to essentially codify the gains when they transferred political power to black majority rule.