Carol Paton Editor at Large

The government announced plans on Thursday to lease 700,000ha of farmland acquired by the state to black farmers across the country in what will be a significant acceleration of its land reform programme.

Agriculture, land reform & rural development minister Thoko Didiza said at a media briefing in Pretoria on Thursday that the 896 farms spanned all provinces, except for Gauteng and the Western Cape. Farmers will be given a 30-year leasehold with an option to buy.

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