Carol Paton Editor at Large

Where did agriculture, land reform & rural development minister Thoko Didiza suddenly find 700,000ha of state land to “release” on a 30-year leasehold to black farmers?

That is a large amount of land. One hectare is almost the size of two football fields. On average since 1994 the government has distributed 100,000ha a year, so this is seven years of land reform all at once. It should make a difference to the land hunger that lies behind calls for expropriation and land invasions. But will it?

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