Articles by Rosalie Kingwill

Land and property rights: 'title deeds as usual' won’t work

Rosalie Kingwill, Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape
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Renewed emphasis in policy discourses on systematic land titling to solve insecure tenure in South Africa is understandable. A staggering two thirds of the citizenry hold off-register land rights. Converting these rights to title deeds may seem self-evident, but our research reveals major stumbling blocks. For a system of land records to succeed, its design must take into account well understood and familiar local and customary processes for holding, using and transmitting land in urban and rural areas.