The year 2013 marks 100 years since the Natives Land Act of 1913 which
was enacted in South Africa. The Act became law on the 19th of June 1913
limiting African land ownership to 7% which later increased to 13% through the
1936 Native Trust and Land Act of South Africa. The Act restricted black people
from buying or occupying land except as employees of a white master. It however
gave white people ownership of 87% of land and leaving black people to scramble
for a mere 13%.
It is against this backdrop that black people found themselves displaced in
their own land hence Sol Plaatjie's famous quote "Awaking on Friday morning,
June 20, 1913, the South African native found himself, not actually a slave, but
a pariah in the land of his birth,".
That piece of legislation made life horrendous for the black populace
until the Commission of Restitution was established in 1994 to provide equitable
redress to victims of racially motivated land dispossession, in line with the
provisions of the Restitution of Land Rights Act, 1994 (Act No. 22 of 1994). In
the year 2013 the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform will be
marking the centenary of this act. The theme for the Project 2013 is "Reversing
the legacy of 1913 Natives Land Act".
The Reversing the Legacy of the 1913
Natives' Land Act Exhibition, is currently on a nationwide tour to all the
provinces in South Africa.
The biggest exhibition of its kind ever undertaken in the country, it is
unique in that it offers the general public an interactive view of the last 100
years of South African history since the 1913 Natives' Land Act was passed.
In addition to the 24 shipping containers of artefacts, expo material and
props that make up the exhibition, the public will be informed and educated by a
team of professional actors and performers who bring the past alive – with
anecdotes of forced removals, injustice and despair – while also highlighting
the progress made in recent years and providing hope for our future of our
According to the Director-General for the Department of Rural Development and
Land Reform Mr Mduduzi Shabane, the exhibition is aimed at creating awareness
especially among the Youth, about the journey travelled thus far and the
progress made by the government of the day towards reversing the negative legacy
of the 1913 Natives' Land Act and related racially motivated laws.
- Limpopo experiences the 1913
Natives’ Land Act exhibition: 26 September 2013
- Land Act exhibition moves to North
West: 6 August 2013
- We are going to Gauteng, says
Minister: 02 July 2013
tells us where we come from as a country, says President Zuma: 24 June 2013
through history – 1913 Natives Land Act exhibition: 24 June 2013
assembly debates 1913 Natives Land Act legacy: 20 June 2013
- South Africans urged to back
government reverse the legacy of the 1913 Natives Land Act: 20 June 2013
1913 Natives Land Act Centenary related documents
- Marking the centenary of the 1913
Natives' Land Act event
- A Better Life: April
Newsletter; The 1913 Natives' Land Act has left a legacy that we must
- "Make the Plan"
Number of events and the total number of people who pledged: 06 April 2013
- Embrace and Disgrace
Pamphlets: 24 April 2013
Economy Transformation Conference "Reversing the legacy of the 1913 Natives'
Land Act", 5-6 October 2012
- Reversing the legacy of the
1913 Natives' Land Act - a Pledge. 5-6 October 2012
- The Natives' Land
Act no. 27 of 1913
- Advertisement: Disgrace!
Legacy of a painful past