- A community is KwaZulu-Natal may have the solution to land reform
- They have taken ownership of a game reserve and provided employment opportunities and a future for the community
- This new model of land reform may prove to be the answer going forward with the land debate
Land reform is a hot topic in South African politics and life in general. Whether it is manifested through expropriation without compensation or otherwise it is not going to simply fade away.
The process is underway with plans to change to the constitution and the ANC has vowed to make land reform a reality for all South Africans by all legal means available.
Briefly.co.za has learned that the focus has been on farms but there is far more land available outside of traditional agriculture according to thesouthafrican.com.
A community has shown that land reform can be a success at not at the expense of food security or farmland.
With the help of The Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization, the Mayibuye Game Reserve has been taken over by the kwaXimba community and has created 76 jobs on the 4800 hectares of land.
The process has been made possible through a R10-million investment from the Department of Environmental Affairs and over R100-million in private funding to develop the eco-estate.
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The project is on the road to success and may end up being the ideal answer for the question of land reform. At the moment the game park employs 76 full-time workers but this is set to change with a possible 150 more jobs becoming available in the future.
Using game reserves as a solution for land reform may be the best answer for a dignified future for the landless people of South Africa.
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