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Report: Workers could get half of farms

Apr 06 2014 11:36


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Johannesburg - Farmworkers on commercial farms could own half of the farms according to a new proposal government was considering, Rapport said on Sunday.

The proposal meant expropriating half of every commercial farm in South Africa and handing it over to farmworkers, according to the report.

The newspaper was in possession of a document named "Final Policy Proposals for Strengthening the Relative Rights of People Working the Land", which was discussed with agricultural organisations on Monday.

The historic owners would retain half of their farms and the state would pay for the 50% taken for the workers, Rapport said.

The money would not be paid to the farmowners but into a trust aimed at investing and developing the farm for all shareholders of the farm.


Farmworkers get shares in the farm based on the number of years of service and on the basis of their contribution in the development of the farm, according to the report.

The document was met with mixed reactions with Congress of SA Trade Union welcoming it while AgriSA said drafts of the policy proposals had already been opposed by them and other organisations in the sector.

AgriSA deputy president Theo de Jager said it was unworkable and probably unconstitutional.

"They could possibly lead to disinvestment in the sector and also threaten food security," he was quoted as saying.

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