The policy proposals of the ANC’s land summit and their endorsement by the national executive committee have not always been clearly communicated. That’s a pity. The land summit was a pivotal moment in several ways. In closing, President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted the groundbreaking role of the workshop in bringing together the ANC-led alliance, government practitioners and, notably, a wide range of land and agrarian experts and activists. This is surely part of Ramaphosa’s new deal style, breaking with anti-intellectual habits that had grown in the recent past, seeking to develop evidence-based policy, engaging with progressive but independent forces. Reflecting on the earlier divisive debate at our 54th ANC national conference, many could be heard saying: "But this is the workshop we should have had before our December conference." Important points of consensus have emerged. There is a deepening acknowledgment that the weaknesses and slow pace of land reform since 1994 have littl...

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