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A judgment of the Gauteng high court on August 20 seems to have slipped by unnoticed, though it could have important implications for SA’s land reform programme. In the matter between Freedom From Interest and the agriculture, land reform & rural development minister and SA president, judge Selby Baqwa ordered as follows:

The minister was directed to take all the steps necessary to submit the Preservation and Development of Agricultural Land Bill (PDAL) of 2018 to cabinet on or before February 28 2021 for its consideration and approval.The first respondent was directed to take all the necessary steps to submit the bill to parliament by no later than the last date of the second term of parliament in 2021 (that is, September 30 2021) for its consideration and enactment.In the event the bill is not passed into law by parliament, the minister is to set out the date that will be assigned by the president to bring the Subdivision of Agricultural Land Act Repeal Act 64 of 1998 into ...

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