With votes counted and the ANC’s support having fallen sharply to only 40%, some form of coalition government is likely to govern SA. The nature of such an arrangement is likely to emerge in coming days and weeks.

As with any coalition negotiations, trade-offs are likely to be made involving several government functions and policies. The question that should be addressed in the agriculture sector is: what are the implications for potential changes in government functions on agriculture and land reform policy?..

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