The Women and Youth Dialogue on Land Reform kicks off in Boksburg this morning under the theme ‘Land, Our Heritage’.

Hosted by the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, the dialogue is intended to create a platform to discuss the participation of women and youth in the economy through land reform programmes. 

 will never forget how shocked my friends were when I boldly announced my intention to study Agricultural Economics at Stellenbosch University. And how their shock echoed back at me in twinges of apprehension as I arrived, on that very first day in 1995, at JS Marais Building at Stellenbosch University, to be greeted by a not terribly welcoming tannie who told me: "Young lady you are in the wrong department! Check on your registration form which course you have registered for!"