If rural poverty is to be alleviated, good governance practices among communal property institutions have to be prioritised to ensure beneficiaries of the land reform programme begin to drive job creation and play a role in poverty alleviation. The productive use of restored land is a plausible solution to tackling some of the challenges relating to poverty in rural areas. One of the challenges in land reform is ensuring good governance practices in areas where land ownership has been restored. While SA has made some progress in ensuring restitution of land rights, much more still needs to be done to ensure land is used productively and managed well. This is becoming more urgent due to the rise in the number of rural people living below the poverty line, as shown by Statistics SA in its poverty trends study. SA cannot attract investment and have sustainable productivity on land unless governance practices among land reform beneficiaries are improved. It cannot alleviate rural povert...

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