Mabuza says that white farmers have come forward with land donations

Mabuza says that white farmers have come forward with land donations

David Mabuza has said that the land reform programme will not harm the economic sector in any way. The deputy-president announced that commercial white farmers have come forward with land that they are willing to donate to the process, which seeks to restore land to those who were dispossessed.

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During Parliament yesterday, David Mabuza declared that the land reform programme poses no threat to the economy.

The deputy-president clarified concerns over land ownership rights, commenting that:

“We are not talking about land that is, in the main, privately owned. We are talking about a programme that seeks to restore land to those people who were dispossessed.”

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The land mentioned here, according to Mabuza, is owned by various government spheres and commercial white farmers who had agreed to donate land to the cause:

“These farmers came forward and said they are prepared to donate land. That is a positive move to ensure we can manage this land reform successfully because there is willingness to those people who have land."

According to The Citizen, Annette Steyn, DA shadow minister of agriculture, pointed out the 4 200 farms were currently in the hands of the state and asked the deputy when they would be put into production.

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Mabuza had confirmed that a verification process would be completed next month, following which a model would redistribute land according to certain criteria. Those who planned to utilise the land efficiently would be especially likely to receive their share.

Briefly.co.za gathered that making land available would 'unleash the potential' within the agriculture sector, with more people joining it.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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