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Landless Women of South Africa: expropriation of land without compensation

14 August 2018
10:00 - 15:30

Date: 14 August 2018    
Time: 10:00 – 15:30   
Venues: Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town

Keynote address: Minister Bathabile Dlamini, South African Minister of Women

Respondent: Karabo Magagane, ANCWL Young Women’s Desk Coordinator
Chairperson: Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller, Executive Director, Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery, Human Sciences Research Council

Adv Karabo Kgoeadira, legal expert and rural women representative
Motlalepula Rosho, MPL North West Provincial Legislature (Chairperson of Local Government Portfolio Committee)
Meokgo Matuba, Political Representative
HRH Nondumiso, Ngonyama Rural Women and Traditional Leadership
Nthutu Mbiko-Motshegoa, Female Farmer
HRH Nikiwe Bam, Mpondoise Nation

The HSRC will along with key female stakeholders and activists host a discussion on South African women’s land ownership.  This discussion, lead by the Minister of Women in the Presidency, will focus on the current challenges faced by women to access land and own land.  One of the key objectives is to engage on the lack of property rights and how this has contributed to the exclusion of women from economic participation.
Parliament has recently endorsed a motion to expropriate land without compensation; this has direct implications for South African women who have been disempowered by patriarchy over centuries. The current epoch provides a chance to reflect on legislation and its impact on women and how it has contributed to inequality and perpetuated unemployment and poverty amongst women.

The outcome of these discussions will form part of a submission to the National Assembly Portfolio Committee on Constitutional Review dealing with the land issue.

Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Contact : Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: 

Cape Town: HSRC, Merchant House 116-118 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town. Contact : Carmen Erasmus, Tel: (021) 466 7827, e-mail:

Durban:  The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001. Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel: (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786, e-mail: 

Port Elizabeth: 1st Floor East Wing, Building 1 Ascot Office Park, Corner Conyngham & Ascot Roads, Greenacres, Port Elizabeth 6001. Contact: Nomfanelo Plaatjie, email: or 041 393 9500.

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