The motion by the ANC to amend section 25 of the Constitution as part of a proposal to achieve a more radical programme of accelerated land reform has drawn mixed reaction from various parties across the industry, in politics, agriculture and civil society among other groups. While this presents a major turning point in SA and promises to reverse the injustices meted out to the indigenous population forcibly removed from their land by colonialism and repressive laws of the past, such as the infamous 1913 Land Act, the crafting of the modalities and implementation of the policy become a double-edged sword that presents both threats and opportunities, depending on how this process is managed. Vumelana supports a land reform programme that maintains the usefulness of the land while providing restitution to the dispossessed, redistribution to those formally excluded from ownership, and security of tenure for those who live on the land. We believe that all the role players should rise ab...

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