Cyril Ramaphosa has done well to shift land reform off the national agenda. Since the appointment of his 10-member advisory panel on land reform in September last year, the furious and potentially damaging debate around amending the constitution to allow for expropriation without compensation has largely died down. This issue will be thrust back into the spotlight at the end of the month when the panel releases its final report to the president. If managed well, this provides an opportunity for positive and necessary policy changes, but there is the risk of it being hijacked again by narrow political interests. The debate around land reform was always going to be contentious but it is a debate that needs to be had. Like it or not, SA's existing land reform policy has not been effective in achieving its goals. In terms of the acquisition of land by the state, there has been partial success, but redistribution and transformation of the agricultural sector have by and large been a fail...

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