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Empower home owners, don't criminalise them
In response to a Business Day article by Stephen Grootes on the land issue, and subsequent letters to the newspaper by Gail Daus-van Wyk (Forget land, get deeds) and Keith Gottschalk (Many owners sell their RDP houses), Kecia Rust of FinMark Trust and Mark Napier of Urban LandMark argue that protecting the rights of new property owners happens best by empowering those owners, not by criminalising the resale of houses in the short term (read the Letter to the Business Day).

Slow delivery of title deeds to housing subsidy beneficiaries is cause for concern
Stephen Berrisford, Urban LandMark's theme co-ordinator for regulatory and governance matters, argues that radical action is required, both in respect of new properties being developed and the backlog that already exists.

Support from Urban LandMark sees launch of publication on the South African informal city
The latest component of the South African Informal City (SAIC) project - a book entitled The South African Informal City - was launched at the Planning Africa conference in Durban recently. The project showcases South Africa's most relevant and innovative design and research projects around urban informality in cities across the country. Urban LandMark's funding support for the publication of the book enabled the SAIC project to reach a broader audience, sustain the momentum of this critical debate and allow the project to become part of greater academic, professional and public knowledge.