Public Discussion: Centennial of the Land act of 1913

  • From: February 9, 2013     To: February 9, 2013
Public Discussion: Centennial of the Land act of 1913

Our nation in conversation iii: chronicles of the Land: towards a socially cohesive society 
date: Saturday, 9 February
time: 10h30–13h30
venue: TH Barry Lecture Theatre, Iziko South African Museum
fee: Donation  

“It is possible that no other legislation has so deeply affected the  lives of black people in South Africa as the Natives’ Land Act of  1913. It created overnight a floating landless proletariat whose  labour could be used and manipulated at will, and ensured that  ownership of the land had finally and securely passed into the hands of the ruling white race”. This year (2013) marks 100 years since the introduction of this notorious Act, and this public engagement seeks to take us down memory lane and look into the aftermath of this inhumane Act in an attempt to help our nation move towards a socially cohesive society. (Quote by Bessie Head in Sol T. Plaatje “Native Life in South Africa”, 1982, p ix)chair: Prof. Martin Legassick (Activist & UWC Emeritus Professor) 
  • Dr Maanda Mulaudzi (Department of Historical Studies, UCT) 
  • Prof. Lungisile Ntsebeza (AC Jordan Chair in the Centre for African Studies, UCT) “The implications of the constitutional protection of existing property rights for farm workers and dwellers”
  • Mncedisi Twalo (Chairperson, WC Anti-Eviction Campaign) “Landlessness of the evicted in pre- and post apartheid South Africa”
  • Bonita Bennett (Director of the District Six Museum) “On a road to restitution: The District Six struggle to return”
  • Zenzile Khoisan (Cultural activist and journalist) “KhoiSan land rights: Revisiting the 1913 cut-off date”

Wandile Kasibe (Public Programmes Coordinator)
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