Ramaphosa reveals state land has been identified for redistribution

Ramaphosa reveals state land has been identified for redistribution

Speaking at his State of the Nation Address, Cyril Ramaphosa touched on land reform. The president revealed that the state has already identified government owned land which it intends to release to address human settlement needs.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed that government has already identified state-owned land for redistribution.

The land, which will form part of accelerated land reform, is strategically located and will be released to address human settlement needs in urban and peri-urban areas.

According to eNCA, the National Assemble resolved to amend Section 25 of the Constitution. Land Expropriation Without Compensation formed a part of the ANC's 54th National Conference resolution.

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Deputy President David Mabuza is set to lead the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Land Reform in an effort to fast-track the process, alongside this constitutional review process.

Dr Vuyo Mahlathi will be heading an advisory panel of experts to advise the state on its land reform programme and is expected to table its report by the end of March.

The president said a focus will be put on high-value agricultural products with high export potential, such as fruit, wine and vegetable industries:

“As part of the stimulus package in agriculture, we have invested significantly in comprehensive farmer development support to ensure that restituted and communal land is productively utilized,”

Briefly.co.za gathered that this was aimed at ensuring land redistribution while protecting food security and bolstering the economy. The president elaborated:

“We will continue to prioritise targeted skills development and capacity building programmes for smallholder and emerging black farmers."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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