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  Governance and urban land markets
  Making housing delivery easier by unlocking bulk land for land-first approach
  Beyond yard socialism: Landlords, tenants and social power in the backyards of a South African city
  Gauteng 2055 Trend Paper: Highlighting some of the real and potential impacts of migration in Gauteng
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Governance and urban land markets
Planning law and policy consultant Stephen Berrisford takes a look at the importance of governance in the quest to make land markets work better for the poor. The article explores, inter alia, how the State - at local, provincial and national level - can change the way it exercises power to provide greater access to and more secure tenure for poor households and businesses in the urban land market.
 
Making housing delivery easier by unlocking bulk land for land-first approach
Afesis-corplan has been supporting a land-first approach to settlement development for a number of years. An article by Ronald Eglin, published in the April-May 2009 issue of Transformer magazine, proposes innovative solutions to the challenge of providing serviced land with secure tenure for people to build basic temporary accommodation.
 
Beyond yard socialism: Landlords, tenants and social power in the backyards of a South African city
State of the Nation: South Africa 2008 is the fifth volume in the annual series published by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Press. A chapter contributed by Leslie Bank argues that the current policy proposals about upgrading backyards could create new opportunities for the re-emergence of exploitative forms of landlordism in townships.
 
Gauteng 2055 Trend Paper: Highlighting some of the real and potential impacts of migration in Gauteng
A short report by Loren B. Landau and Veronique Gindrey of the Forced Migration Studies Programme at the University of the Witwatersrand summarises a variety of trends and concerns related to population trends in Gauteng.