ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa says he will commission a study into what has been done with farms that have been redistributed since 1994. Speaking after a meeting in the Abathembu kingdom near East London, ahead of the ANC’s 106 anniversary celebrations this weekend, Ramaphosa said that many of the farms that had been returned since 1994 were "derelict". He said an "agriculture revolution" was needed to ensure that land reform resulted in a productive outcome. "Many of those farms are not being worked. I am going to order a study to be made on all the returned agricultural land and what we can do with that agricultural land to change things [for the] better," he said. Ramaphosa’s comments are particularly apt in the context of the wider debate over land reform in which it has been argued that it is not the need for compensation that has resulted in failed land reform, but the implementation of land-reform policies. "Let us work this land. Let us demonstrate to ourselves to start wit...

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