SA closer to land reform target but what's led to the missed deadline?

A report by the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy released at the weekend says more than 20% (18-million hectares out of 82-million hectares) of agricultural land has been transferred or financially compensated for.

This means South Africa is closer to its the 30% target in transferring farm land from white to black ownership.

Professor Ben Cousins explains why a deadline set over three years ago, was missed.

One is poor capacity in government, but two is a very, very small budget for land reform. It has never been more than about 0.4 % of the budget so acquiring land at market prices limits the degree to which you can acquire an transfer land.

Ben Cousins, Director at the Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape

Poor policy making, many of the policies have had to be resigned and many of them are not very appropriate at the moment

Ben Cousins, Director at the Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape

The actual figure is 10% that has been transferred through land reform, the figure of 20% I think comes from a notion that black South Africans have acquired land through private acquisition.

Ben Cousins, Director at the Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape

Click on the link below to listen to the full audio....


Recommended

by THE NEWSROOM

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Wits Nehawu members down tools over salaries

Wits Nehawu members down tools over salaries

Nehawu Wits acting secretary Tumisho Madihlaba says negotiations with management deadlocked resulting in a strike.

Former Eskom interim CEO Sean Maritz under fire for signing off R400 mil payment

Former Eskom interim CEO Sean Maritz under fire for signing off R400 mil payment

‘Documents show that the fee contract was entered into by Anoj Singh & signed off by the acting CEO Sean Maritz' - Chris Yelland

‘Qedani Mahlangu helped people die then she ran away’ – Stephen Grootes

‘Qedani Mahlangu helped people die then she ran away’ – Stephen Grootes

Stephan Grootes shares his views on the events that unfolded at Life Esidimini and comments on Qedani Mahlangu’s apology.

Opinion: Govt must formulate coordinated plan for land claimants

Opinion: Govt must formulate coordinated plan for land claimants

702 Breakfast Show Host Xolani Gwala says land reform support needs to be well coordinated for land claimants and beneficiaries.

Land reform – done right – can make South Africa prosperous (and more peaceful)

Land reform – done right – can make South Africa prosperous (and more peaceful)

Bruce Whitfield interviews the famed Roelf Meyer who (with the Land Bank) is working to promote transformation in agriculture.

Land audit will calculate how much land SA government owns

Land audit will calculate how much land SA government owns

On Tuesday, Eusebius McKaiser was broadcasting live from the Nampo 2017, hosted by Grain SA, in Bothaville, Free State.

Popular articles
Discovery CEO (and founder) Adrian Gore bares his soul about money

Discovery CEO (and founder) Adrian Gore bares his soul about money

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Gore about his attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

"Duduzane Zuma is the Gupta family's greatest asset"

"Duduzane Zuma is the Gupta family's greatest asset"

Sunday Times journo Thanduxolo Jika who broke the front page story about the Gupta family emails vouches for their authenticity.

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

Wits associate professor of economics Christopher Malikane speaks to Azania Mosaka about the term that is being bandied about.

'My daughter bought Spur shares when she was 10 years old' - Dr Adrian Saville

'My daughter bought Spur shares when she was 10 years old' - Dr Adrian Saville

What does Citadel’s famed disciple of contrarian, deep-value investing Dr Adrian Saville hope for (and fear) about money?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?