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How state ignored research on land reform

The director of the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) at Stellenbosch University, Prof Johann Kirsten, has delivered a damning review of the state’s performance in land reform over the past two decades.

Kirsten is a leading expert in land reform in SA, having been involved in research and planning in the government and as an academic.

He said the recommendations he and senior colleagues made in the 1990s had been completely ignored. “More than 20 years after that research and write-up [1996] it is quite frightening to see how every possible thing that we argued could go wrong, did.”

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