LandNNES identified serious weaknesses in land governance in South Africa as an obstruction to land reform and identified Land Administration (LA) in particular as weak, fragmented, and poorly conceptualized in relation to the land reform sector. LandNNES commissioned the formulation of a conceptual framework to set out a clear exposition of what we mean by Land Administration, why it matters, and how it can be improved and adapted to meet the needs of all citizens, and not only the elites. The purpose of the document is to inform an advocacy strategy and appropriate policy response for strengthening Land Administration. The document also aims to start a process towards developing a common understanding of Land Administration to inform an appropriate and coherent response to the breakdown in Land Administration in South Africa. In general, the discussion document attempts to clarify the concepts and forward processes that need to be understood and agreed on. This is important since it is likely that the ideas and recommendations will form the basis for further action in the form of policy proposals and advocacy issues around LandNNES wishes to build to inform strategies for engagement and for developing pilots to test new approaches.

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"As Africans today, we need to understand that those who colonized us cannot suddenly have our interests at heart, and the capitalist interests which exploited us cannot suddenly be giving to us."

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