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Bantustan Act threatens hard-won property rights for rural dwellers

 17 Jan 20
Once again, traditional leadership in South Africa is being tested as the proposed legislation seeks to perpetuate rural dwellers’ insecurity of land rights.…


Expropriation amendment harkens back to apartheid legal thinking

21 Oct 19   Martin van Staden
South Africans are overwhelmingly focused on the Zondo commission of inquiry into allegations of corruption during the scandalous presidency of Jacob Zuma.…

Without strong property rights, an African free trade area is meaningless

President Cyril Ramaphosa is getting more vocal about his support for the new African Continental Free Trade Area.…

Strong property rights are vital for economic growth

04 Oct 19   Chris Hattingh
Expropriation without compensation hangs over the South African economy, with Parliament in the process of drafting an ill-considered amendment to our Constitution.…

The unreasonableness of expropriation without compensation

02 Oct 19   Martin van Staden
The Rule of Law principle at the heart of South Africa’s constitutional dispensation is there to prohibit arbitrariness from government and demand reasonableness.…

LETTER: Property rights must be safe from political whims

09 Sep 19   Chris Hattingh
Former president Kgalema Motlanthe was right on the money when he warned of the massive harm that would be caused if property rights aren’t protected in SA. Speaking in Pretoria, Motlanthe said: “If property is not protected you destroy value, and if…

Expropriation without compensation a death knell for SA’s economic prospects

03 Sep 19  
How many people in South Africa use their property to run a business, to make some sort of a living for themselves and their families?…

Constitution errs in tipping the scales in favour of expropriation

02 Aug 19   Rex van Schalkwyk
The rule of law is the law of laws. Although the constitution gives explicit recognition to the rule of law, it has a separate authority that emphasises the primacy of individual liberty, as well as the right to private property.…

Why property rights are pro-poor

26 Jul 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
What is the cause of poverty? And what would be the solution?…

Ideologie bedreig ons grondwetlike legitimiteit

31 May 19   Martin van Staden
Daar is diegene in ons sameleweing wat die Grondwet kritiseer as fundamenteel gebrekkig,…

Stop government from taking your property

21 May 19   Chris Hattingh
Speaking at the Goldman Sachs investor conference on Wednesday, President Ramaphosa attempted to address investors’ concerns regarding expropriation of property without compensation (EWC).…

Expropriation without compensation is anti-poor and anti-transformation

21 May 19   Devon Windvogel
Expropriation without compensation (EWC) is likely to become the biggest barrier to entry into the modern economy for millions of South Africans.…

Bolstering intellectual property rights critical to innovation and economic growth

10 May 19   Jasson Urbach
April 26 marked World Intellectual Property Day, which celebrates the role intellectual property (IP) rights play in spurring innovation, creativity and technological progress. But what exactly is IP?…

Expropriation without compensation will not help its intended beneficiaries

02 May 19   James Peron
The entire land confiscation project is a disaster that will not help the people it is meant to help.…

Media release: Restoring property rights through title deeds on Freedom Day

30 Apr 19  
On Freedom Day, 27 April 2019, a generation after the fall of Apartheid, a further 66 residents of Vukuzenzele (which means stand up and do it for yourself) in Cape Town received title deeds to properties they have occupied for decades.…

Expropriation without compensation sends a clear message

26 Apr 19   James Peron
Call it what you want: economic justice, expropriation without compensation, helping the poor, but the reality is most of the world will sum it up in one word – theft.…

Media release: Land reform bills threaten everything the struggle achieved

09 Apr 19   FMF Media Release
Should the change to section 25 of the Constitution to allow expropriation without compensation (EWC) go ahead, government, in effect, while continuing to recognise property rights, will fail in its constitutional duty to protect them.…