CAPE TOWN 5. LAND & POVERTY
This summer Laurie Taylor and Thinking Allowed travel to Cape Town.
Last summer the programme went to Chicago in the hope of finding researchers who were carrying on the great ethnographic tradition of Chicago sociology. Well his mission this year had rather similar aims.
Laurie Taylor wanted to learn from South African social scientists about the other side of this celebrated tourist spot. But what makes Cape Town so different is the recent end of apartheid, what is often referred to as the negotiated revolution of 1994. That transition and the hopes that it inspired, and dashed are a backdrop to every social issue, and of course each one of the programmes in the series:
In the last of the Thinking Allowed in Cape Town series Laurie Taylor looks at two of the most pressing social issues that are affecting Cape Town and indeed the whole of Southern Africa: land and poverty.
He travels to Stellenbosch, the lush wine-growing area just outside of Cape Town. His guides through the complexities of land tenure, land restitution and land redistribution are the social researchers Ruth Hall and Sue Tilley from the University of the Western Cape. They escort Laurie to the farmlands of Stellenbosch to discuss the issue of restoring land to those who were previously disenfranchised. They also introduce him to Lettie Louw, a former farm hand, who now dedicates her time and energy to informing her fellow farm workers of their rights. He also talks to Andries du Toit from PLAAS, Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies.
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