Publications

As part of our commitment to the advancement of peace and democracy in our home country of South Africa, In Transformation Initiative principals and colleagues regularly release research papers and publish accounts of the evolution of the South African transition from our perspectives.

Land reform development models

The following reports serve to augment and support the on-going discussions and continuing work between South Africa’s ruling political party and selected large-scale commercial and emerging farmers to determine those policy principles that will provide policy congruence, synergy and stability in the agricultural sector.

White papers

Committed to Unity: South Africa’s adherence to its 1994 political settlement

This paper reviews the commitment of the remaining power contenders and other political actors to the settlement reached between 1993 and 1996. The paper makes the point that while some of the commitment to and consensus on the ideals and principles of the Constitution passed into law in 1996 can be credited to the presence of President Nelson Mandela, more must be ascribed to the constitutional arrangements and commitments of the primary political actors and the citizens of the country.

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Deconstructing the Conditions that Enabled South Africa’s Transition to Power-Sharing

This paper examines the periods of South Africa’s transition from a globally vilified apartheid state to a democratic role model. It looks at the various approaches to power-sharing and reveals a range of activities and prerequisites for its successful practise.

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Interrogating the Impact of Intelligence: Pursuing, Protecting and Promoting an Inclusive Political Transition Process in South Africa

This paper provides a behind-the-scenes perspective on the role played by the three branches of intelligence services that existed under the then-apartheid government, during the negotiation process that led to South Africa’s transition to a democratic state.

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The 1996 Political Settlement in South Africa: An analysis of the primary strands of the negotiations and its most public actors

This paper examines the primary actors in the negotiations that resulted in a political settlement codified in 1996, the African National Congress and the National Party, but notes that these parties or movements had allies and contrary groups.

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The Role of the Business Elite in South Africa’s Democratic Transition – Supporting an Inclusive Political and Economic Transformation

This paper provides insight into the role played by the private sector in supporting the negotiation of a new political settlement in post-apartheid South Africa. It highlights how business steadily became both a conduit and part of negotiations, the political settlement that ensued, and the state-building efforts that followed the first democratic elections in 1994 and continue to this day.

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Concept documents


Land reform development models

The following reports serve to augment and support the on-going discussions and continuing work between South Africa’s ruling political party and selected large-scale commercial and emerging farmers to determine those policy principles that will provide policy congruence, synergy and stability in the agricultural sector.

Ermelo Land Reform And Rural Development Model

This report analyzes two existing initiatives in the broader Ermelo (Mpumalanga) environment: the GIYA MLIMI commercial farming venture and the ENCIMANZI consultancy firm. It draws insights for future policy development in the agricultural sector.

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Mopani District Agricultural Development Forum

This report provides an analysis of an initiative in the Mopani District to develop an Agricultural Development Forum to further the central agricultural imperatives in the National Development Plan.

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The Mooketsi Fresh Produce Market

This report outlines the establishment of a regional fresh produce market, initiated by a large commercial farmer, from which important lessons can be garnered related to establishing innovative market-linkages for beginner and emergent farmers, and links lessons for government preferential procurement from SMMEs And co-operatives.

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Understanding The Drivers For Investing In Agriculture

This report analyzes some of the main drivers for investment in agriculture, both at the individual and international levels. Understanding the fundamental drivers and motivating factors for investment in the primary agricultural sector is crucial to the determination of policies that will enhance the process of agri-transformation as a whole.

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