Land Bank troubles are another cloud over reform
The case for a dedicated fund becomes more pressing because it would be a low-cost way of stimulating productive farming
The debate about the amendment of section 25 (https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/national/2020-01-30-no-need-to-change-constitution-for-land-expropriation-says-think-tank/) of the constitution is getting more technical by the day, locating it increasingly in the realm of legal and constitutional philosophy. However, there are other just as important issues in the land reform space that need attention to complete the important task of land reform.
With agricultural economist and Business Day columnist Wandile Sihlobo, I have argued in past articles why expropriation of land without compensation (or with nil compensation), is a mistake from an economic perspective. Expropriating land will not deal with the slow progress of land reform; it is a red herring. As many scholars from all sides of the ideological spectrum have noted, the problem is not the constitution but poor delivery of land reform through the government machinery. This is the real issue, a reality that has been fu...
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