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  • Yes, land reform in South Africa is an urgent issue; the landless will almost certainly not be put off much longer for at least some movement in their direction.

  • South Africa’s parliament will soon begin to debate a bill designed to put more prime farmland in black hands, in a renewed bid to change the racial imbalance in land ownership as a legacy of colonial rule.

  • Land reform is a movement that is hotly debated, especially with Parliament moving forward on the policies surrounding it. But what do people actually want the land for? 

  • There is a broad consensus that agricultural development is key to unlocking the economic possibilities of the communal areas in SA. The National Development Plan confirms as much.

  • The African National Congress’ January 8 Statement and manifesto are reminiscent of what an analyst once said of the country’s foreign policy: ‘a little bit of this and a little bit of that’.

  • UBS, the world's largest wealth manager, believes expropriation of land without compensation in SA will be handled “sufficiently well” under President Cyril Ramaphosa, despite lingering market concerns.

  • On the first day of his five-day Summer School course, Professor Lungisile Ntsebeza painted a grim picture of how the country's laws have been used to empower, and conversely, disempower South Africans regarding land.

  • The unearthing of a year-old report by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) into corruption in the land reform programme underlines where the real problems with solving SA’s land question lie.

  • Amandla! The first thing that struck me when I read your article Alternatives to individual land titling was that of course everybody else in the world is talking about expropriation without compensation. Your article hardly mentions it. Why is that? 

  • South Africa needs to redistribute rural land in a way which is truly transformative and thus large in scale – but is also practical, affordable and feasible, with well-designed programmes that are adequately funded and staffed. Conservative responses fall short on the former, populist stances on the latter.

  • The Expropriation Bill of 2019 was published in December last year for public comment. People might be surprised to find out that we had an Expropriation Bill in 2008 that was shelved, that there was a lesser known attempt in 2013 and that the 2015 bill that was published, went through four negotiated versions, and was almost passed before it was sent back to the National Assembly due to presumably concerns about public participation on provincial level. 

  • Farms that are being put on the market in South Africa have more to do with financial challenges and the impact of droughts, rather than fear around land expropriation without compensation.

  • The land reform dear to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is not only of concern to white farmers. As large landowners, mining groups are also afraid of paying the price of a massive and unbridled redistribution of land.

  • This was one of the agreements reached at the conference on “Resolving the Land Question: Land redistribution for equitable access to land in South Africa,” held at the University of the Western Cape earlier this month.

  • South Africa has set aside 3.7 billion rand ($261 million) to help black farmers who want to purchase land and acquire title deeds even as the country is changing its laws to make it easier to expropriate land without compensation.

     That stands in contrast with demands from the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters who wants all land under state control.

    Lawmakers last year approved a proposal by the ruling African National Congress to change the nation’s constitution to enable taking land without paying for it in certain circumstances as a way to address skewed ownership patterns created during white-minority apartheid rule. The country’s main commercial farmers’ lobby group says the move will deter investment and it’s invoked investor concerns of Zimbabwe-style land grabs.

    South Africans who support the move argue it will go some way to addressing economic injustices. Many black citizens who live in shantytowns and travel long distances to get to places of work, hope to receive land to build homes.

     Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced the spending measure in his budget speech Wednesday, adding that the country will also allocate 1.8 billion rand to implement 262 priority land-reform projects over the three fiscal years.

    The government plans to introduce two grants in the fiscal year starting April next year, to upgrade informal settlements. The funds will total 14.7 billion rand and will affect 231,000 households, it said.

  • An advisory panel on land reform appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa in September 2018 gave a provisional report-back to Parliament on Wednesday – and their conclusions so far are sobering.

  • Dr John Kani received an award for his life contribution to theatre last week week at the kykNET 2019 Fiëstas. In his speech, he talked about justice, reconciliation and stories; connecting as human beings. "We have been denied each other," he said. 

  • SUBMISSION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS - PRETORIA- Fanie Brink - Independent Agricultural Economist-

    DRAFT EXPROPRIATION BILL, 2019- (As published in the Government Gazette of 21 December 2018, No. 42127)

  • Behind some of the policy proposals and discussions on land redistribution in South Africa is a persistent notion that the country should establish 'small-scale farms' so that there could be more participants, and increase in productivity.

  • Zimbabwe's controversial land reform programme, which left most of its land without collateral value has meant the country is now carrying a dead asset, its Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube has said.

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