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2012 Urban LandMark Conference

Investing in Land and Strengthening Property Rights

12 - 13 April 2012, Johannesburg, South Africa

The Urban Land Markets Programme Southern Africa has been working on land access issues since 2006, gathering evidence, implementing projects, developing approaches and influencing actors, all with the objective of improving access to land and markets for poorer people and communities. But even where poor people have access to land, their rights may not be recognised in ways that would effectively unlock economic growth and opportunity. However, we have also seen that strengthening the property rights of poor people through approaches that focus mainly, for example, on individual titling are not always the most effective.

Key to ensuring sustainability is identifying and promoting practical pathways out of poverty and towards greater resilience for poor people and communities through property rights interventions that take account of traditional institutions, complementary activities and market opportunities/constraints. Building beyond individual defensible rights, it is equally important to open up investment in land and infrastructure in places usually left out of the plans of private sector investors and even sometimes state projects.

This is what our Annual Conference investigated, under the theme Investing in Land and Strengthening Property Rights. Held from Thursday 12 to Friday 13 April 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Oxford Road, Rosebank, in Johannesburg, the Conference brought together a range of academic, government, civil society and private sector practitioners in the land, housing and property market sectors.


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Programme and presentations

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Thursday 12 April 2012
Andrew Nethercott, DFID Southern Africa
Introducing the Conference theme
Mark Napier, Urban LandMark
Report Biography
Opening Address - Recognition, support and sound administration of a diversity of land rights in the South
Jean du Plessis, Global Land Tool Network Secretariat, UN-Habitat
Report Presentation Biography
Session 1: Access to property rights & markets in Southern Africa Report
The nature of the land market and its consequences for Hulene B and Luis Cabral wards in Maputo, Mozambique
José Raimundo, Pedagogic University, Maputo and Inês Raimundo, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Moçambique
Report Presentation Biography Biography
One step at a time: linking the tenure security continuum concept to the findings of Urban LandMark's operation of the market study in Maputo
Caroline Wanjiku Kihato and Lauren Royston, Urban LandMark
Report Presentation Biography Biography
Increasing tenure security in informal settlements in South Africa: legal and administrative recognition in Monwabisi Park, Khayelitsha
Kathryn Ewing, Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood Development
Report Presentation Biography
Privatising land rights in pursuit of poverty reduction: a commentary on the Lesotho 2010 land tenure reform project
Resetselemang Clement Leduka, National University of Lesotho
Report Presentation Paper Biography
Session 2: The future of cities, settlements and transport
Panel discussion: SA 2030: will new spatial visions and plans transform the country?

Panel members

- Ahmedi Vawda, Presidency
- Bea Drost, Presidency
- Peter Ahmad, City of Johannesburg
- Samantha Naidu, National Treasury
Presentation Biography
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Climate change: an urban perspective
Margot Rubin, Independent consultant
Report Presentation Biography
Session 3: Lessons from legislation
Land Governance Assessment Framework South Africa
Wendy Ovens, Wendy Ovens & Associates
Report Presentation
Update on South Africa's Spatial Planning and Land Use Management legislation
Sunday Ogunronbi, Department of Rural Development & Land Reform
Report Presentation Biography
The evolving land administration system in East Asia, and the World Bank's assistance, with a focus on China
Guo Li, World Bank
Report Presentation Biography
Urban LandMark Booklet Launch Report
Improving access to the city through value capture
Presentation - Rob McGaffin, Urban LandMark
Report Presentation Biography
Friday 13 April 2012
Session 1: Investing in land, infrastructure and emerging local economies
Capturing the value gained from transit-oriented development
Sukoluhle Nyathi, African Development Economic Consultants
Report Presentation
The legislative and policy context for municipalities' application of value capture mechanisms
Alison Hickey-Tshangana, independent consultant
Report Presentation Biography
The development of formal retail centres in South Africa's 'emerging economy' areas
Rob McGaffin, Urban LandMark
Report Presentation Biography
Exploring migrants' relations to street trading: selected findings from field research conducted in Pretoria
Elsa Burzynski, independent consultant
Report Presentation Biography
How to maximize the benefit of state investment in land: lessons from the application of the Urban LandMark Land Release Assessment Tool in the Western Cape and Gauteng
Nick Graham, PDG
Report Presentation Biography
Session 2: Investments in township development and renewal: are they paying off?
Panel discussion Report
Panel members
- Yondela Silimela, Public Investment Corporation
- David van Niekerk, National Treasury
- Francois Viruly, University of Cape Town

Biography Biography Biography
Session 3: Investing in housing assets
Housing subsidy assets: exploring the performance of government subsidised housing in South Africas
Kecia Rust, Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa, a division of FinMark Trust
Report Presentation Biography
Investigation into the delays in issuing title deeds to beneficiaries of housing projects funded by the capital subsidy: the legal issues
Mark Napier, Urban LandMark
Report Presentation Biography
Affordable Land & Housing Data Centre - demonstration
Adelaide Steedley, Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa, a division of FinMark Trust
Report Presentation Biography
Final comments and conference closure
Mark Napier, Urban LandMark
Report Biography

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