Ten questions the acting director-general of land reform should answer — but won’t
Business Day asked the acting director-general of rural development and land reform Leona Archary these 10 questions a week ago. Her spokesperson Linda Page says she is "not available" to answer. 1. What are the criteria for allocating farms to beneficiaries under the current land reform programme? The criteria for allocation of farms are opaque. Anyone from a poor person with no access to land to a financially capable commercial farmer wishing to expand are eligible. The department provides no information on how it selects beneficiaries on its website. There are countless allegations of corruption over allocation of farms. 2. How many farms has the department bought but not allocated? It is common cause that the department presently has a large number of farms — possibly as many as 5,000 — which it has bought but not allocated. 3. How many of these farms are in productive use? 4. The Land Bank says this land should be released as soon as possible to farmers. What is your view? 5. T...
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