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Dave DeGroot, Michael Kihato , Ntombini Marrengane , R van den Brink , Stephen Berrisford , Z Mhlanga

01 January 2010


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Urban LandMark

South Africa


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Human settlements


Land access

Land acquisition

Land reform



Poverty & inequality

South Africa

Land governance and its influence on access to urban land

This case study is based on research undertaken into the experiences of a poor community in accessing land through formal channels in peri-urban South Africa. The research was conducted by a team of researchers pulled together by the World Bank. The work was the result of a request by Mogale City Municipality for technical assistance on the design and implementation of integrated housing and agriculture projects.  The document presents the story of Ethembalethu. The final component of this document includes a summary of key issues that were covered in the case study and recommendations arising from it.

This resource is part of a larger collection of case studies developed by Urban LandMark to translate research findings into learning materials.  

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