The centrality of the land question to popular metrics about the fulfilment of promises – or the realisation of fears – regarding post-1994 South Africa is probably so familiar to readers of PositionIT that it approaches banality to point it out. The publication of an English version of Louis Changuion and Bertus Steenkamp’s 2011 “Omstrede Land” (as “Disputed Land”) however concerns the community of geographers through its recounting of the evolution of spatial segregation and considerations of land reform. The Afrikaans original was of course most visible as a prop in fights over the 2011 Green Paper on Land Reform, but if we take a more sober look the assets and liabilities of the work become clearer… (more)