Why SA’s land audit is taking so long
Gugile Nkwinti says the biggest challenge for the reform programme is the answer to the question ‘who owns SA?’
The government has spent R33bn since 1994 buying land for land reform, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti says. In 1994, the government set a target of handing 30% of agricultural land to black recipients by 2014. A recent report by the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy said more than 20% (18-million hectares out of 82-million hectares) of the farmland has been transferred or financially compensated for to date. The land-reform programme has generally been tardy, which has created uncertainty in the agricultural sector. The government has said a comprehensive land audit is required to assess the performance of its land-reform programme. Nkwinti said on Monday that land restitution was the most expensive programme in the broader land reform project. The minister was responding to a written question in Parliament from the EFF. In reply to a question posed by the National Freedom Party (NFP), Nkwinti said that the biggest challenge for the land-reform progr...
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