The government’s plan to release 700,000ha of “vacant or underutilised” state land for use by black farmers is proceeding more slowly than expected, agriculture, land reform & rural development minister Thoko Didiza told MPs on Thursday.

The release of state land for land reform was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa last October as a priority to speed up land reform. The 700,000ha includes 896 farms most of which were acquired by homeland governments during apartheid and had remained state property...

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