- AgriSA and the ruling ANC are set to meet on Tuesday to discuss the thorny issue of land expropriation without compensation and the economy
- AgriSA is the country’s largest representative body of commercial farmers and has roughly 29,000 members
- The meeting was arranged by deputy president David Mabuza in an attempt to open a dialogue between the ANC and AgriSA
AgriSA and the African National Congress (ANC) will meet on Tuesday to discuss the thorny issue of land expropriation without compensation and how the proposed policy and its implementation will affect the economy.
AgriSA is the country’s largest representative body of commercial farmers and has roughly 29,000 members on its books. The ANC wants to have open, frank and honest discussions with the organisation about the concerns of those currently in the agriculture sector.
The meeting was arranged by deputy president David Mabuza in an attempt to alleviate some of the uncertainty which has faced commercial farmers since the ANC announced that it would pursue a change in the Constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mabuza personally reached out to AgriSA president Dan Kriek. The meeting has been scheduled to take place on Tuesday and will be attended by Kriek and other high-ranking member’s such AgriSA CEO Omri van Zyl.
The agricultural business chamber, Agbiz is also expected to attend the meeting.
The ANC will send its own powerful delegation to the meeting which includes some of the ruling party’s most senior members. Mabuza will be joined by other top ANC leaders including party treasurer general Paul Mashatile.
The meeting will take place in Johannesburg and according to News24.com will cover the impact land expropriation without compensation is expected to have on the economy, investor confidence and what role the agricultural sector has to play in the commodities market.
AgriSA is thought to be ready to agree that fair and equitable land reform needs to be enacted in order to correct historical injustices while assuring its members that it carries their best interests at heart.
The organisation has previously stated that it would support the ANC’s calls for land reforms but only if these reforms were enacted in a fair and equitable manner and was done properly.
AgriSA said it was committed to studying why previous land reform projects had failed and finding ways to ensure the success of new and emerging black farmers. The organisation said it was important to look at why certain projects had either failed or succeeded and take the lessons from those projects and implement them into new projects.
AgriSA called on its members to be open and honest about the reality which is that far-reaching land reforms are needed in the country in order to redress historical wrongs. The organisation said its members should take an active role in the process by attending land reform meetings instead of trying to ignore the possibility of their farms being targeted for expropriation.
AgriSA president Dan Kriek said the organisation represented farmers of all backgrounds, races and creeds and should not be viewed as a whites-only club.
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