Reducing Discrimination Through Spatial Planning

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August 6, 2013

By Dr. Tyra OldhamLANDsds Sustainable Voice News

In the witnessing Egypt overturning of its president arising from the land use of a green park it is important to discern the use of land within socioeconomic development, as well as social justice. The actions of citizens and leadership to place economic inclusion within the charters for infrastructural change can bring about healthy cities and sustainability.  The news of “Zuma pushes through land use Bill” is one such instance of carving out legislation for determining methods of land use, ownership and community development.

The Mail Guardian reported that Jacob Zuma  states, “The … Act seeks to bridge the racial divide in spatial terms and to transform the settlement patterns of the country in a manner that gives effect to the key constitutional provisions,” it said in a statement. It will address the legacy of the discriminatory, inefficient and costly special pattern which puts a considerable burden on the public resources.”

“The objectives of the act were to provide a uniform system of spatial planning and land management, and ensure they promoted social and economic inclusion. The presidency said Zuma also assented to the Co-operative Amendment Act Six of 2013. This was an amendment to the Co-operatives Act 14 of 2005 – which came into effect on May, 2007. The Act provides for the establishment, functions and powers of the Co-operatives Development Agency. It states that the provincial departments of economic development would be responsible for co-ordinating and reporting all co-operative activities in the provinces involving other departments.”

The action of Zuma work is not isolated to South Africa but as beacon of how land, economics, social justice, resources and capital can be made equitable to produce a sustainable society for its citizens. All societies have a basis of wealth and social distribution that falls along a continuum or scale. These are bridges that can be scaled, crossed or fortified with walls that in time shrink the intellectual, social and economic capital of any society. The devising of legislation to combat discriminatory practices feeds the total society for its betterment.  This work is alignment with South Africa’s philosophy of Ubuntu which was used in the work of Reconciliation.  The philosophy can be translated to sustainability.

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