Western Cape Guidelines

 Following on our leading role in the development of the national settlement and implementation support strategy for land reform in South Africa, Phuhlisani was commissioned to develop draft implementation guidelines for the Western Cape. We were commissioned by the Provincial Department of Local Government and Housing and the Provincial Restitution Steering Committee. Our original brief was to develop guidelines for the settlement support of urban restitution claims -- something which had been neglected in the national SIS strategy. However after discussion with various role players it was agreed to expand the scope of the brief to take a more holistic perspective on land reform in the Western Cape. The draft guidelines were developed in close cooperation with a range of government departments, representatives of restitution claimant bodies and other role players who attended two workshops -- the first to conceptualise the outline of the content and the second to review a working draft.

The guidelines have been organised into five chapters.

Chapter 1 Setting the scene

This introductory chapter provides background on the key findings and recommendations of the national SIS strategy and the Land and Agrarian Reform Project (LARP) charter. These provide the framework for the design of the Western Cape guidelines.

Chapter 2 Land reform in the Western Cape

This chapter provides an overview of all the different elements which make up the land reform programme in the Western Cape -- restitution, redistribution and tenure reform interventions

Chapter 3 SIS needs across the land reform programme

This chapter provides a detailed review of the range of settlement and implementation support needs for many of the different types of land reform project.

Chapter 4 Guidelines for implementation

This chapter outlines the content of the proposed area based planning and support (ABPS) process and identifies roles and responsibilities of different actors. It examines options for establishing integrated planning and support agencies and sets out the integration of SIS requirements into work flows and business processes for urban restitution, rural restitution and commonage. The chapter distinguishes between front-end services and back office support and identifies key back office support services which must be put in place to create an enabling environment for land and agrarian reform.

Chapter 5 Rolling out the guidelines

The final chapter highlights the processes which must be put in place to secure political approval for the draft guidelines. It proposes the establishment of an Inter-governmental Working Group (IWG) and sketches a work programme which will result in the refinement and implementation of the guidelines and the provision of effective settlement and implementation support to land reform projects across the board.

Posted: 5/31/2008 (3:08:14 PM)

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