The government has defended its plans to introduce black shareholding requirements for new water use licences, saying it is doing so to correct the racial imbalance created by SA’s apartheid past.

Water & sanitation minister Senzo Mchunu rattled the commercial agriculture sector with proposed regulations to the Water Act that will require farmers to have a black shareholding of 25%-75% to obtain water licences, depending on how much water they extract or store...

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