oa Alternation - Gender, the role of the chieftaincy and rural women's access to land under the Land Reform Programme in KwaZulu-Natal

Volume 7, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



KwaZulu-Natal is the most populous province in South Africa, with more than one-fifth (20%) of the country's total population. However, KwaZulu-Natal only occupies 8% of the country's landmass. Eighty percent (80 %) of the population are African and the majority of this group reside in rural areas. In total, 61 % of the population live in rural parts of the province. The average annual household income for Africans in KwaZulu-Natal is R24 000 and that of Whites is R98 000 (DLA, 1997c). Average incomes tend to cluster around the R6 000-R23 000 bracket in the rural areas since most of the population are farm workers or are employed in semi or unskilled positions in factories. The question of survival is a real issue for many of the households. Also, this is one of the provinces that is faced with the dilemma of addressing the chieftaincy question.

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