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2008 Urban LandMark Conference

From land rights to property markets

27 - 28 August 2008, Gauteng, South Africa

This conference, hosted by Urban Landmark, highlighted recent research that traced the evolving frontier between urban growth and poverty.

For two years, Urban Landmark has been conducting research on the relationship between urban land markets and poverty reduction policies. In many cities, and particularly in South Africa, poverty is inextricably tied to a lack of access to land or entrenched by an urban infrastructure that marginalizes those who cannot afford to participate in the formal land market. Following the imperative to make urban land markets work for the poor, Urban Landmark has mapped out three critical areas in which urban resource allocation and poverty intersect.

  • Security of tenure and the recognition of alternative rights to land: Engaging with local practice to broaden the channels of land access and to leverage livelihood opportunities that exist outside formal market and legal parameters.
  • Urban land market dynamics: Identifying the processes and actors that shape the urban land market and the policies that contribute to its efficient and equitable operation.
  • Structures of governance: Exploring the spatial interface between urban planning, housing policy and infrastructure provision in order to secure functional land management and effective service delivery.

The conference showcased the recent work of Urban Landmark and acted as a forum to exchange perspectives and formulate new directions.

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Programme and presentations

ULM 2008 Conference

August 27, 2008 - Wednesday
Facilitator: Monty Narsoo

8:30 - 9:00

Registration

 

9:00 - 10:00

Welcome
Gillian Oroni, Department for International Development

Introducing urban land markets
Mark Napier, Urban LandMark

 

 

Presentation

Session 1: Informal Markets and Tenure

10:00 - 10:30

1.        Urban land biographies
Margot Rubin

Presentation

Reports

10:30 - 11:00

Discussion

 

11:00 - 11:15

Break

 

11:15 - 12:15

2.        Are urban land markets working well for the poor? Exploring a practical method of assessment
Warren Smit

3.        Exploring transactions in informal markets
Ros Gordon

4.        Urban LandMark Comment
Lauren Royston

Presentation

Report

Presentation

Report

Presentation

12:15 - 12:45

Discussion

 

12:45 - 1:30

Lunch Break

 

Session 2: Urban Land Markets

1:30 - 2:10

1.        Urban land market dynamics in South Africa: concepts and theories
Francois Viruly, SAPOA/University of the Witwatersrand

2.        Urban Land Market Dynamics in South Africa: findings and recommendations
Paul Zille and Timothy Hobden, Genesis Analytics

Presentation

 

Presentation

2:10 - 2:30

Discussion

 

2:30 - 3:00

Break

 

3:00 - 4:00

3.        Exploring property markets in the so-called 'affordable' category: Building the affordable housing monitor
Kecia Rust, FinMark Trust, and Philip North, Metonymy

4.        Perspectives of developers and municipalities on urban land development in South Africa
Jacques Du Toit, Department of Town and Regional Planning, University of Pretoria

5.        Urban LandMark Comment
Caroline Kihato

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Presentation

 Presentation

Speech notes

4:00 - 4:30

Discussion

 

 

August 28, 2008 - Thursday

9:00 - 9:30

Keynote speaker
Ahmedi Vawda, Technical Advisor in the Office of the Director General of National Housing

 

Presentation

Session 3: Functional Land Governance

9:30 - 9:50

1.        Developing integrated towns
Felicity Kitchin and Wendy Ovens

Presentation

Report

9:50 - 10:10

Discussion

 

10:10 - 10:40

Break

 

10:40 - 11:40

2.        Peri-urban land management assessment and strategy in Metsweding
Riana du Plessis

3.        Recognition of informal settlements in the City of Johannesburg
Gemey Abrahams

4.        Urban LandMark Comment
Stephen Berrisford

Presentation

Report

  

 

Presentation
Report

 

 

Presentation

 

11:40 - 12:10

Discussion

 

12:10 - 12:30

Break

 

12:30 - 1:00

Urban LandMark Advocacy Position
Mark Napier

Presentation

1:00 - 1:30

Discussion

 

1:30 - 2:30

Lunch Break

 

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