- Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza has announced plans to distribute agricultural state land
- Didiza explained how the process will work at a press briefing on the 1 October 2020
- According to Didiza, 700k hectares of land will be advertised for public purchase in seven South African provinces
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Speaking at a press briefing yesterday, Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza has announced plans to distribute agricultural state land. Didiza explained that the state will distribute 700 000 hectares of farming land in seven South African provinces.
According to Didiza, over the next few weeks the land will be made available to South African citizens who meet certain standards, including being a SA citizen, being 18 years or older and having the capacity to work the land, which has been leased.
She also mentioned that first preference will be given to women, people with disabilities and those who have had prior experience in farming. Didiza also disclosed that land not utilised will be made available in the following provinces, namely:
1. Eastern Cape (43k hectares)
2. Free State (8.3k hectares)
3. KwaZulu-Natal (3.6k hectares)
4. Limpopo (121.5k hectares)
5. Mpumalanga (40.2k hectares)
6. Northern Cape (12.2k hectares)
7. North West (300k hectares)
While there is currently no available land in the Western Cape and Gauteng regions, Didiza said that the land available in the remaining seven provinces will be advertised from 15 October to 15 November on public media platforms.
"The Western Cape does not have state land that is due for release, however, in other programmes of land reform, as and when land is available, it will be released.
“The advertisement notices will be in the local, district and provincial newspapers, websites and local radio stations," she said.
Briefly.co.za also reported, after nearly six months of lockdown, South Africa seems to be slowly but surely going back to somewhat normal. This is after the government came to the decision to open its borders to international travel.
Speaking at a media briefing yesterday, Naledi Pandor, the Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, said that there will be a cautious and gradual opening of international borders effective from 1 October. The decision comes after careful consideration as well as guidelines from the World Health Organization.
Those who show any symptoms of the virus will be tested and then placed into quarantine immediately. They will also have to pay for the test out of their own pockets. She also mentioned that there are measures put into place to classify each traveller based on the country they are coming from.
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