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My Land Obsession by Bulelwa Mabasa. (Picador Africa)
My Land Obsession by Bulelwa Mabasa. (Picador Africa)

BOOK: My Land Obsession by Bulelwa Mabasa (Picador Africa)

In My Land Obsession (Picador Africa), Bulelwa Mabasa describes how she was born into a “matchbox” family home in Meadowlands, Soweto, at the height of apartheid; she shares her colourful Christian upbringing, framed by the lived experiences of her grandparents, who endured land dispossession in the form of the Group Areas Act and the migrant labour system. When Bulelwa joined the practice of law in the early 2000s as an attorney, she felt a strong need to build on her interest in land reform, moving on to form and lead a practice centred on land reform at Werksmans Attorneys. She is the co-editor of Land in South Africa: Contested Meanings and Nation Formation (2021).

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