Sona 2018: Land expropriation is a reality, says President Ramaphosa

Sona 2018: Land expropriation is a reality, says President Ramaphosa

- Ramaphosa said while delivering the Sona that the redistribution of land was still on the table

- He added the government would be handling the project with the help of the country’s financial institutes

- Ramaphosa also said the youth would be a priority as they plan on creating jobs for unemployed

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On Friday, during his first Sona, Cyril Ramphosa assured South Africans the ANC’s land without compensation promise has not been forgotten.

However, the new president was not able to give details on the project, which was announced in December at the party’s national elections conference. gathered Ramaphosa said the process of consultation would be undertaken by the government, so that they could determine the modalities of the implementation of this resolution.

"We are determined that expropriation without compensation should be implemented in a way that increases agricultural production, improves food security and ensure that the land is returned to those from whom it was taken under colonialism and apartheid.", the new head of state said as he addressed Parliament.

However, Ramaphosa pointed out the importance that the expropriation project should not affect food security, production and jobs in the agriculture sector, which was responsible for the largest contribution to economic growth in the second and third quarters of 2017.

IOL reported the president said the banks would be asked to aid with the project.

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Land expropriation without compensation is part of Rampahosa’s “new dawn” philosophy, which aims to better the lives of all South Africans.

“Our task, as South Africans, is to seize this moment of hope and renewal, and to work together to ensure that it makes a meaningful difference in the lives of our people,” he said.

Ramaphosa also concentrated on the job creation, especially for unemployed youth, and the overall economic growth.

He said the ANC would be aiming to create better living standards for all South Africans and also an economy where everyone had a chance, regardless of race or birthplace. The president then repeated his statement in Afrikaans to make the point.

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