Land reform: State wants farmers to donate property on website

Land reform: State wants farmers to donate property on website

- The draft land reform policy has suggested a website where farmers can donate property

- This site may also serve as the only method to apply for land under the government's reform programme

- The allocation of property, according to the state's suggestion, would be handled by experts on a panel

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The government has released the draft policy on land reform and it contains some interesting suggestions on how to carry out the hotly-debated movement.

Business Insider reports that one of these proposals includes a website where farmers can donate land to the programme.

This website will reportedly serve as the sole portal for South Africans to apply for a property under land reform.

The site aims to root out any opportunities for corruption according to the government, who feels the paperless route would allow for better management of beneficiaries:

“This system marks an end to an era of an unmonitored long database that caused a lot of dismay among targeted farmers and to ensure a synced and properly seamless system that endeavours to eradicate any form of fraud and nepotism."

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The establishment of an independent panel to preside over the selection process has also been proposed, with the state calling for multi-disciplinary representatives from relevant stakeholders in the agricultural sector.

Properties worth over R50 million will be dealt with by a national panel, while smaller properties would be dished out provincially.

Applicants hoping to obtain land would be interviewed, with an inspection to be carried out on the property before a conclusion can be reached, proposes the policy.

The infamous land expropriation without compensation has apparently been avoided as a method to acquire property.

Instead, the state intends to obtain land through state-owned properties, donations, auction sales, repossessed properties and open market sales.

Beneficiaries of land reform who failed to look after the property allocated to them will be banned from reapplying for new land. reported that South Africans have until the end of January to put forward their opinions on the draft policy.

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