Carol Paton Writer at Large

President Cyril Ramphosa’s expert panel of advisers on land reform will make its recommendations by the end of March on how policy should be overhauled. However, the diversity of views in the 10-member panel means that the final report may not be unanimous and will also allow for minority positions. The panel was set up by Ramaphosa last September to review all elements of land reform following public hearings on the land question, which underlined the failure of the government programmes to redistribute land. The hearings were also the precursor to a decision by parliament to amend the property clause of the constitution to enable expropriation without compensation. The panel includes a range of people from academics and agricultural economists to lawyers and representatives of organised agriculture and black farmers. Even prior to parliament’s decision to amend the constitution there was a wide consensus that expropriation without compensation would make only a modest impact, if a...

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