Exploring some of the complexities of planning on ‘communal land’ in the former Transkei
‘The land question’ in South African national politics continues to dominate partypolitical battles. However, most of these battles refrain from engaging with ‘communal’ landholdings that are under the custodianship of traditional leaders. Of further concern, the legislation not only remains ambiguous about traditional leaders’ land administration functions and powers, but it is also conceptualised within Western frameworks. Ambiguity and Western centricity, in turn, hinder planning efforts and municipal service delivery in South Africa’s rural regions, while residents continue to live without tenure security and enhanced socio-economic prospects. By focusing on ‘communal land’, this article revisits African indigenous land laws, in order to gain a deeper understanding of contemporary tenure practices on ‘communal’ landholdings. The article identifies some of the planning complexities found in former Transkei. Possible recommendations include following an area-based approach to planning where community property associations (or similar structures) are explored with residents of some ‘communal’ landholdings, while traditional leadership structures are explored in other contexts. All role players should thus have equal decision-making powers over local land administration and development.
Copyright: Copyright is transferred to the author(s) when an article is accepted for publication.
Publishing rights: When an author/s publish an article in Town and Regional Planning, the author/s enter into a non-exclusive publishing agreement. This means that author/s may upload a second copy to institutional repositories.
All articles are published under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC BY 4.0); readers are welcome to reproduce, share and adapt the content without permission provided the source is attributed.
Disclaimer: Views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s). Publication thereof does not indicate that the Editorial Staff or the University of the Free State accept responsibility for it.