Cabinet reveals progress on land reform, customary marriages and jobs

Cabinet reveals progress on land reform, customary marriages and jobs

- Cabinet turned its attention to some pressing issues in South Africa yesterday

- Land reform and economic hardships have been on the nation's mind lately and it seems as if Parliament is making some progress in this regard

- Customary marriages also enjoyed a moment in the spotlight, with progressive changes made to the law

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Cabinet convened on Wednesday and some key issues were discussed during the meeting.

In a media statement, the government revealed issues such as land expropriation without compensation and economic growth are making some progress.

Here are 3 developments every South African should know about:

1. Economic Transformation

Cabinet has welcomed investors increased interest in South Africa, citing interest from Ford, BFG Rail and PepsiCo.

Auto giant Ford has announced that its plans for expansion will create 1 200 jobs, implementing a R3 billion investment commitment.

PepsiCo has offered to acquire Pioneer Foods for R25 billion, a move the government feels is a 'clear vote of confidence' in the country's economy.

Mentioning other projects which signal growth and investment in SA, Cabinet commented:

"South Africa offers a unique combination of highly developed economic infrastructure, a vibrant emerging market economy and access to the fast growing African continent market. South Africa is also a frontier for new sectors of investments such as the green economy, oil and gas shipbuilding and the oceans economy."

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2. Land Reform

In September 2018, President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed the Presidential Expert Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture.

Cabinet has received the final report from the panel, directing all ministers to study the report and its recommendations. The ministers were given a two month deadline, with Deputy President David Mabuza overseeing the process.

Minister Thoko Didiza is expected to reveal the contents of the report later this week.

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3. Amendment of Customary Marriages Bill

Cabinet approved the submission of the Recognition of Customary Marriages Amendment Bill to Parliament. This comes in line with the judgement of the Constitutional Court, which ruled that the section was constitutionally invalid and discriminated unfairly against women in customary marriages:

"The Bill provides for the equal treatment of women in pre-Act monogamous and polygamous customary marriages. The amendments eliminate the gender-based discrimination in polygamous marriages entered into before the commencement of the RCMA of 1998. Spouses will now have joint and equal proprietary rights over marital property."

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