The proposed new law has a long history. The country has been trying for almost 12 years now to come up with expropriation legislation that is in line with the constitution.
The new initiative reproduces the core weaknesses of post-apartheid state land and agricultural policy. These have done little to improve the livelihoods of the poor.
South Africa's that current land reform strategies focus too narrowly on agricultural outcomes and transferred ownership - this undermines equitable and sustainable land reform.
Zimbabwe wants to issue a sovereign bond to raise $3.5 billion it has agreed to pay as compensation to white farmers, but the economic and political conditions aren't conducive to such an issuance.
When South Africa eventually emerges from the fog of the COVID-19 crisis, structural reform, including land reform, will be high on the political agenda as never before.
The current lockdown in Zimbabwe is going to provide a stern test for its informal economy, which is the country's dominant economy and employs 90% of people.
The year ahead promises to be a very difficult but also a very decisive year for South Africa. Is President Ramaphosa equal to the challenge?
Land reform has always been closely tied to shifts in the wider political economy of countries.
Zimbabwe's food insecurity is not just about food production, but access too. It is affected by, among others, the value of assets when sold and social and cultural dimensions that go into exchange.
It's time for a new approach as it becomes increasingly clear that protests won't topple the Zanu-PF government.
Colonialism and apartheid sought to make traditional leaders accountable to white officials by tying them to land.
South Africa's rural communities where mining licenses have been granted are often excluded from consultations and bear the brunt having their environment and livelihoods destroyed.
The abandonment of crop farming fields isn't new. But some researchers say it's accelerated in the last two decades.
Ramaphosa offered five simple yet bold goals for the next ten years that cut across the social and economic structural constraints that inhibit South Africa’s potential.
Land reform programme has done very little to improve access to land for black South Africans.
The green revolution: small-scale, informal irrigation is expanding in Zimbabwe and small scale farmers are leading the way.
Villagers from a community in South Africa's Eastern Cape fought to be consulted and for the power to consent to mining their land.
South Africa has made progress towards interrupting the looting of land by chiefs, state officials and mining capital.
The main reason land reform in South Africa has been lethargic is not the Constitution, but a flawed approach.
Ramaphosa's stimulus package is more interesting for what it says about the politics of economic decision making than for its likely impact on the economy.