Ruth is a researcher with the programme for land and agrarian studies in the school of government at the University of the Western Cape. She researches and engages in policy analysis regarding land redistribution, land restitution and farm-dweller tenure rights, and integrated development planning. She is a pundit on land redistribution policy and practice, and gender rights and farm-dweller tenure underpin her research in the area.
Ruth cut her teeth on agricultural rights working for the Centre for Rural Legal Studies, an NGO based in Stellenbosch, where she worked on farm workers’ labour and tenure rights, including farm worker minimum wage regulations. She hails from the Eastern Cape where she developed her love for land issues. At the moment she is reading for her doctorate in the faculty of politics at the University of Oxford and working on a dissertation on the politics of land reform in post-apartheid South Africa 1990 to 2004.
Ruth has acted as an adviser to the Department of Land Affairs. She has authored or co-authored 28 publications, mainly about the socio-political impact of land reform in South Africa. Her first book, entitled The Land Question in South Africa, co-edited with Lungisile Ntsebeza, is due to be published later this year.
Lunch Spot; Don Pedro's, Cape Town