Ruth Hall, a Professor at the Institute of Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape, is an accomplished academic whose research on land and agrarian reform in South Africa spans 23 years.
Passionate about social justice, Ruth says her mission is “to make land reform sexy” , and is excited about the opportunity to present her case on the matter at TEDxCapeTown’s main event on Saturday, 17 November 2018.
With four university degrees under her belt (including a Doctor of Philosophy in Politics from the University of Oxford), three postgraduate dissertations on land reform in South Africa, her doctoral work has influenced the development of South African land redistribution policy and practice. She is now an expert advisor to President Cyril Ramaphosa to reshape policy on land and respond to the controversial question of land expropriation without compensation.
There’s no doubt that Ruth is well-versed on the topic. She will share amazing insights and a vision for how land reform can reshape the country for the benefit of everyone.
Ruth indulged us by answering a couple of random questions unrelated to land and agrarian reform so that you can get a feel for what drives her outside of her work.
If you had a superpower what would it be?
Having the power to convince people of my thoughts and ideas.
What's your favourite TED/ TEDx talk?
Ken Robinson on education (Do schools kill creativity) - it’s an oldie but a goodie, and as a parent I'm convinced we should be rethinking education for the next generation.