Thesis Examines Land Restitution in SA
PhD graduate Mr Douglas Zeka hopes the information in his thesis will assist decision-makers to speed up the process of land restitution in South Africa and convince them to adopt a different approach when ceding land back to the rightful owners.
Zeka’s study was titled “Balancing Land Restitution and Conservation: Social Capital in Mkambati”.
Ceding land to the rightful owners should be accompanied by a clear strategy aimed at ensuring that the property improves the livelihoods of the people and contributes to the economic development of the country,’ said Zeka. ‘Land owners should not only be the oblivious recipients of their land but rather they should also determine how the property will be used.’
Zeka’s advice to anyone wanting to pursue a PhD degree was that even though it is a lengthy and sometimes frustrating project, the most important thing is to remain positive and focused learning from any challenges encountered along the way.
He is grateful for the scholarships from Zimbabwe and the University of Western Cape Plaas Programme which influenced him to embark on this field of study. His immediate plan is to enroll for a post-doctoral degree and subsequently to carry out research work at a reputable research institution.
- Swasti Maney