Current Institutional Affiliation
PhD Student, Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town

Award Information

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship 2016
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town
Fast Track Land Reform and Social Change: A Case of Bubi District, Matabeleland North Province, Zimbabwe, 2000-2015.

This study investigates the extent to which Fast Track Land Reform Programme (FTLRP) contributed to social change in the Rouxdale (R/E) Farm, Matabeleland North Province, Zimbabwe. The study contributes to an ongoing debate on the outcomes of FTLRP in Zimbabwe. Critics of FTLRP argue that it was a failure and did not create a livelihood for the beneficiaries. Supporters of FTLRP argue that it has transformed the livelihoods of peasant households regardless of the challenges faced by beneficiaries. Through the use of multiple sources of data to ensure the accuracy of research findings, the study argues that access to land through FTLRP has made a significant difference in the livelihoods of beneficiaries. However, it argues, contrary to the supporters of FTLRP, that the social classes that have resulted after FTLRP is much more complex, and provides a more nuanced understanding of social change.