The government has identified land parcels owned by the state for redistribution as part of accelerating land reform, President Cyril Ramaphosa said during his state of the nation address (Sona) on Thursday night. The state has a property portfolio of more than 93,000 buildings and more than 1.9-million hectares of land under the custodianship of the department of public works. Critics of the drive to amend section 25 of the constitution to allow for expropriation of land without compensation often say the government should focus on redistributing land it owns, some of which is unaccounted for or underutilised. “Strategically located land will be released to address human settlements needs in urban and peri-urban areas,” Ramaphosa said during the Sona. He said SA still had large areas of underutilised or unproductive land. This is amid a raging expropriation without compensation debate. In December, the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) adopted a content...

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