The contributions by Wandile Sihlobo and Johann Kirsten (“This is how rural areas can be developed through agriculture (”, July 19) and Andile Ntingi (“After 22 years, state still has not upgraded land rights in former homelands (”, July 20) present some excellent, commonsense critiques of the state of SA’s rural economies, along with pragmatic ideas to address them.

Correctly, Sihlobo and Kirsten highlight the need for investment in infrastructure, in better policy and in improved governance; Ntingi points to the failure to provide secure, titled tenure to millions of households in the country, which imperils their landholdings and is a major hindrance to their benefiting from opportunities in the agricultural economy...<...

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