12:38 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, October 28, 2015

By Alita van der Walt

Speaking at AFASA’s 4th annual AGM and conference in Pretoria, DRDLR director general Mdu Shabana said that government is ready with the ‘levers’ to speed up land reform.

These levers include Agricultural Policy Action plan policies, such as the Amendment of Communal Property Associations Act, the Amendment of Extension of Security Act and the Reparation of Land Holdings Act.

Shabane said that organised agriculture’s change in attitude about the need for their participation in land reform will also affect his department’s effectiveness. “[Commercial farmers] saw land reform as government’s job. For the first time we’ve seen farmers coming to us with some very, very good plans.”

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