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

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