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  Urban LandMark hosts workshop on incrementally securing tenure in informal settlements
  Getting to grips with land ownership in South Africa
  African governments partly to blame for slums
  Housing policy seen as important aspect of Angolan development

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Urban LandMark hosts workshop on incrementally securing tenure in informal settlements
Urban LandMark is developing an approach designed to recognise the tenure rights of people living in informal settlements in South Africa. The approach, once further developed, could be applied in other cities in the region. A project inception workshop was hosted in Johannesburg on 29th January to explore the subject.
 
Getting to grips with land ownership in South Africa
According to a state land audit last year, South Africa's land reform programme is showing some progress, with about 18% of all land now in black hands. This excludes state-owned land and includes land in the former homelands. However, according to the Department of Land Affairs, this figure does not account for any private land sales after 1994.
 
African governments partly to blame for slums
A paper by Karol Boudreaux, published in the journal of the Institute of Economic Affairs, argues that government intervention in African housing markets may have contributed significantly to the growth of informal settlements.
 
Housing policy seen as important aspect of Angolan development
A statement by the Angolan minister of urbanisation and housing, Diankumpuna Sita Jose, at the opening of the development forum, 'Path for Angola's Development', in Luanda in November 2008, indicated that the Angolan government considered its housing policy as an important component of the country's social and economic development.