Ownership of land in South Africa is a highly politicised and emotive issue. However, were land reform better administered, it could serve as a possible solution to rural poverty in the country. Agricultural Writers SA agriculturalist of the year for 2015, Prof Ben Cousins from the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at the […]

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Parliament’s portfolio committee on public works recently held its first meeting of the year on the controversial Expropriation Bill, and while ANC MPs on the committee backed the revised bill, opposition parties objected to numerous clauses during a clause-by-clause reading of the bill. Read more

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Cape Town – South Africa is on the edge of a social revolution, but not all is doom and gloom as there is an important opportunity in land reform, according to negotiation expert Professor David Venter of Infostrat. According to VinPro managing director Rico Basson, the biggest challenge of transformation in the wine industry is […]

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09:00 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, November 09, 2015 By Wilma den Hartigh The Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) programme has allocated land to farm workers in Bathurst in the Eastern Cape and Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape. Sivuyile Mangxamba, acting chief director: strategic communication at the DRDLR, said in a statement the allocations were approved […]

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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 […]

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South Africa: Only a matter of time before the bomb explodes by Moeletsi Mbeki: Author, political commentator and entrepreneur. I can predict when SA’s ” Tunisia Day” will arrive. Tunisia Day is when the masses rise against the powers that be, as happened recently in Tunisia. The year will be 2020, give or take a […]

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This has been a busy week and an opportune time to report on Land Reform issues and progress. There is a need for a broader perspective on our country and the challenges that we are facing at this time. There is a greater and greater realisation that the jobless in this country pose a huge […]

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President Jacob Zuma opened the second land restitution claims window on 30 June 2014, and a total of 116 543 new claims were reportedly lodged to 30 September 2015. The second window for land restitution claims will close on 30 June 2019. Read more

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Following the recent ANC General Council meeting, Minister Nkwinti was quoted in the media as having stated that the 50/50 proposal in terms of which farmers must share half their farms with workers, is now formally ANC policy. “This is a very sensitive matter, which needs to be understood in context”, said Ernest Pringle, Chairperson […]

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