Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Ardmore Ceramics in the Midlands.

I just remembered this cool little ceramic shop called Ardmore Ceramic Art that is located in the Midlands. It's a small little gallery with the most ornate-Afro-funky ceramics that I have ever seen. The website states that it should be up and running by this month but still seen th whole under-construction thing. Check it out once it's up and running.

Other than that, I spent the day at home trying to get the first two pages out of the way for this paper due on Friday. The problem is that there is so much information about land reform in South Africa, I don't know the point of when to stop searching and when to start writing. I read this one depressing report on the Limpopo region in South Africa where the land redistribution program has not successfully helped the people it is meant to reach, the poor. Unfortunately, the land distributed were to ex-civil servants who were already running farms there during the apartheid era or one group who were connected with the national government's women's league. Even this group has had problems in getting their land title as a group. Another group were living on land owned by a church and were given land title by the church. In these cases, not much had changed from what most individuals were already producing or living and some individuals and groups were not neccessarily poor. Unfortunately, it appears that land reform in this area of South Africa have major institutional issues with its goals to help the landless along with the barrier of not being able to subdivide land to a size more reasonable for a low-skilled person.

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