The government is open to negotiating with farm owners to find viable solutions to land expropriation without compensation, says rural development & land reform minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. Meanwhile, the joint constitutional review committee is pushing to finalise its report and recommendations by Thursday over the need for a constitutional amendment to ease expropriation of land without compensation. The land reform drive has sparked huge concern in the agricultural sector and the rest of the economy. National Freedom Party MP Ahmed Shaik Emam asked the minister in parliament last week whether she would consider negotiating with farm owners in order to create a “win-win situation” to find more viable alternatives to land expropriation without compensation. . In her written reply Nkoana-Mashabane said she is prepared to negotiate with farm owners to find viable alternatives such as joint ventures between farm owners and beneficiaries of land restitution. “However, the constitut...

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