Prof finds fault with AgriSA land audit

Land and agrarian studies professor Ruth Hall has raised concerns with the methodology used by AgriSA in their land audit.

The farming body launched its national land audit on Tuesday, a day after the controversial 'Black Monday' demonstrations against farm killings.

The report attempts to provide an audit of land ownership in South Africa according to race.

The audit apparently shows that black South Africans own more than a quarter of the country’s farmland.

However, Hall has questioned how AgriSA reached their findings.

She says an increasing portion of farm land and urban property is owned by companies - to which they cannot ascribe race.

She also called into questions how AgriSA racially identified property owners - by the name on the title dead.

It's hard to tell [how well Agrisa on the audit] because we can't see their methodology. They only tell us what they found.

Ruth Hall, Associate Professor at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies   

They went through the deeds registry and looked at everyone whose acquired property. They looked at their names then guessed their race. I'm not sure that's quite an adequate method.

Ruth Hall, Associate Professor at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies   

There's one fatal flaw. They have collapsed land owned by black South Africans with land owned by the State.

Ruth Hall, Associate Professor at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies   

AgriSA's land audit compiled data from 1994 to 2017.

Take a listen:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Prof finds fault with AgriSA land audit


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Sars office operated with skeleton staff to allow union meeting, says caller

Sars office operated with skeleton staff to allow union meeting, says caller

Senior citizen 'Ruth' called in to the John Maytham show to say a Sars office was depleted after announcement of union meeting.

Why did security fail when CCTV cameras picked up train-fire suspects?

Why did security fail when CCTV cameras picked up train-fire suspects?

EWN's Kaylynn Palm reports on Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula's presser after 18 carriages burnt out at Cape Town Station.

Recreational lobster fishing: 'Brochure two-seasons-old but still applies'

Recreational lobster fishing: 'Brochure two-seasons-old but still applies'

Fisheries Management's Wendy West clarifies questions around the current West Coast rock lobster recreational fishing season.

'Zuma was more loyal to his 'cronies' than to the Constitution'

'Zuma was more loyal to his 'cronies' than to the Constitution'

The Daily Maverick's Marianne Thamm says testimonies at the Zondo commission prove that Zuma never felt bound by the Constitution.

Financial Mail and amaBhungane head to court to obtain Zuma's tax records

Financial Mail and amaBhungane head to court to obtain Zuma's tax records

Financial Mail journalist Warren Thompson explains the motivation for the court application.

CT reverend says refugees need to vacate his church 'for their own safety'

CT reverend says refugees need to vacate his church 'for their own safety'

Reverend Alan Storey says he is not evicting anyone. Instead, he asked them to respectfully leave after several challenging weeks.

Popular articles
'Stop pointing fingers and offer practical solutions in fight against crime'

'Stop pointing fingers and offer practical solutions in fight against crime'

Eusebius McKaiser has a frank conversation about crime in South Africa with anti-crime activist Yusuf Abramjee.

Police keeping an eye on Soweto residents' protest over Eskom power cuts

Police keeping an eye on Soweto residents' protest over Eskom power cuts

The organisers of the shutdown have called on residents to abstain from work and take to the streets, wearing black clothing.

[WATCH] Hippo taking a casual stroll to St Lucia garage goes viral

[WATCH] Hippo taking a casual stroll to St Lucia garage goes viral

Khabazela shares some of the videos that went viral on Twitter and Facebook.

[WATCH] Mother playing on swing with child from fourth-floor window goes viral

[WATCH] Mother playing on swing with child from fourth-floor window goes viral

Khabazela shares some of the videos that went viral on Twitter and Facebook.

'Forced sterilisations make me ashamed of being a health professional'

'Forced sterilisations make me ashamed of being a health professional'

HPCSA president Dr Kgosi Letlape and Hopeville Foundation Support Group founder Bongekile Msibi weigh in on the report by CGE.

 Gauteng should be securing its own energy sources - Solly Msimanga

Gauteng should be securing its own energy sources - Solly Msimanga

DA Gauteng Provincial Legislature Caucus leader reflects on what he believes David Makhura's Sopa should tackle.

Rugby legend John Smit on how he does not drop the finance ball

Rugby legend John Smit on how he does not drop the finance ball

Rugby legend John Smit opens up about money and career changes.

‘Negotiation, your hottest currency’

‘Negotiation, your hottest currency’

You are just one deal away from turning your dreams into reality.

Stock Pick Monday - AngloGold, TenCent and Moderna

Stock Pick Monday - AngloGold, TenCent and Moderna

Moderna (a Nasdaq listed biotech company developing vaccines), AngloGold, and TenCent are on the menu tonight.

Sasol shares down almost seven per cent

Sasol shares down almost seven per cent

You could buy Sasol today at the same price as you could get it in 2006.