State urged to get on with land reform by releasing land it holds
Economist says land expropriation without compensation is unsuitable as the agricultural sector is capital-intensive
The government must play a proactive role in its drawn-out land reform programme by releasing the 9-million hectares of land it owns to beneficiaries, says Wandile Sihlobo, a member of the presidential advisory panel on land reform and agriculture.
Since 1994 industry stakeholders have made the mistake of thinking that land reform should only be released for agricultural use, “but there is space for land reform in residential and industrial areas”, he says. ..
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