Land Administration (LA) is an element of public administration concerning the formal and informal public regulation of land, including marine, forest and mineral resources. In our definition, it is a holistic concept that includes and co-ordinates rights regulation and boundary demarcation, information and data systems, spatial planning, land use and environmental management, land valuation, dispute resolution and enforcement; and includes both state and non-state institutions as well as private sector and community organisations. LA in this sense has been a fragmented and highly-neglected element in South Africa’s land reform programme. It needs to become an integrated, publicly accessible land information and data management system capable of recording all legitimate land rights in a way that recognises and accommodates normative diversity, customary rights and a continuum of rights. This is the first step toward a twenty-year vision with short, medium and long-term goals for incremental institutional restructuring.

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