ANC land cap irrational - Afribusiness

ANC land cap irrational - Afribusiness

2015-01-30 11:57

Johannesburg - The African National Congress's proposed cap on land ownership is irrational and could lead to restrictions on other assets, Afribusiness said on Friday.

"[The] ANC’s ceiling on land is irrational and arbitrary. A ceiling on land ownership may be the precursor of restrictions on other assets," CEO Cornelius Jansen van Rensburg said.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe on Wednesday said the ruling party was calling for a cap on land ownership in the country.

READ: Cap land ownership - ANC

He was speaking after a meeting of the party's national executive committee.

"Lekgotla has resolved that there should be a ceiling on land ownership of a maximum 12 000 hectares or two farms for both natural and all forms of legal persons," he told reporters in Johannesburg.

"Land ownership by foreign nationals will also be prohibited."

READ: ANC calls for faster land ownership

Jansen van Rensburg said 12 000 hectares was an arbitrary figure which would not have the same productivity level or value in different provinces.

"The ANC wrongly believes that you can address inequality by restricting ownership, while the real challenge is a lack of ownership.

"A ceiling on land ownership will not lift anyone out of poverty... The ANC does not understand that ownership is a fundamental right that should not be limited."

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  • robespear - 2015-01-30 12:07

    ANC and their limited IQs

      Andries Hendrik Pretorius - 2015-01-30 12:36

      Wil these limits apply to the so-called Kings, i.e. goodwill zwelitini, etc?

      Andre Gomes - 2015-01-30 12:58

      ANC = "Apartheid's New Criminals"

      Franky Mark - 2015-01-30 14:13

      That is not even a economical unit in the Karoo. Just as unpalatable this whole issue is, the problem is that land ownership has to be addressed on way or another - willing seller and buyer is the fairest form . I am not a farmer - dream of being one, but can't afford land ( and being white won't make sense taking on the risky investment if I could raise the capital.) As a nation food security should be our first priority in the rag culture sector , making money ( exports) the 2 nd, job creation and welfare 3rd - ownership only if you can satisfy the first 3 priorities.

      Alan Gernet - 2015-02-05 10:58

      Gwede? Irrational? hmmmm

  • peterroy.logan - 2015-01-30 12:15

    Another ANC cockup looming

  • Markus Ippy - 2015-01-30 12:17

    It's interesting to define foreigner . I am a permanent resident and own a house , I pay my taxes and my kids are all South Africans . So now I can't own property anymore ??? That's ridiculous

      Mario Barnard - 2015-01-30 12:23

      Get out you enemy of the state! How dare you ????????

      Tim Chemaly - 2015-01-30 13:16

      Jan van Riebeek is that you?!!!

      Roger Pacey - 2015-01-31 11:57

      According to my understanding, as a foreign national, you cannot own land but you can own property. Although you cannot own land under this plan, you can occupy land on (presumably) a long term lease that (presumably) lasts longer than your lifespan. That said, I think you have a valid point; permanent residents with long-term residence ought not to be excluded.

  • Hennie Cloete - 2015-01-30 12:39

    "Land ownership by foreign nationals will also be prohibited." The Guptas are lucky. They hail from Pofadder in the Northern Cape.

      RabbleRouser - 2015-01-30 13:30

      Either that or bend the rules to suit number 1's agenda. Just look north to Zimbabwe how they make up and manipulate the rules as they go along.

  • Kobus Hattingh - 2015-01-30 12:48

    NOTHING the ANC does is rational.

      Alan Gernet - 2015-02-05 11:00

      whaaaat? I thought that Gwede is the very voice of reason.

  • Riaan Le Roux - 2015-01-30 12:57

    Give them farms in the Karoo, between Vanwyksvlei and Brandvlei, let us see if they can take the heat and drought.

      Genet Joobs - 2015-01-30 14:54

      They had the entire Transkei, Look at what they did with it.

  • Justin Van Der Merwe - 2015-01-30 12:57

    So, does this also include land owned by the ANC itself, as well as the land of tribal leaders?

      Genet Joobs - 2015-01-30 14:54


      Roger Pacey - 2015-01-31 12:00

      Good point. To limit the land holdings of, say, the Zulu king to 12000ha would free up a lot of land that the Zulu rank and file could acquire freehold.

  • Louis Hager - 2015-01-30 13:30

    Typical. Fix a flat tyre by cutting out the hole.

  • Garth Mitchell - 2015-01-30 13:33

    What on earth is the difference between a food factory (farm) and a food distributor PnP? Why do they get to own hundreds of stores?

  • Brian Tabrian Vuthuza - 2015-01-30 13:51

    expropiate land without compesation full stop!!!

      Genet Joobs - 2015-01-30 14:55

      Very silly and dangerous comment.

      Roger Pacey - 2015-01-31 12:02

      And see SA go through the same agricultural decline as Zimbabwe, for the next 20+ years

  • Tlou Kgabo - 2015-01-30 14:51

    We can not continue to have a situation where a few ppl own all this land and trade amongst themselves at prices the rest can not afford

      Roger Pacey - 2015-01-31 12:05

      Bear in mind that the government is one of the largest landowners in the country and are therefore among the 'few ppl'. Also, traditional leaders own vast tracts of land.

  • Tlou Kgabo - 2015-01-30 14:53

    Any law can be changed to work for the good of all

      Tlou Kgabo - 2015-01-31 06:12

      The DA has no identity and is at the brink of irrelevance, the only time we see them on tv is when they have something negative to say about anc

      Peter Storbeck - 2015-01-31 11:10

      You can already nuy plenty of land. Are you expecting to get it free

  • Themis SA - 2015-01-30 15:19

    This is the start, we will follow the path of Zimbabwe......

  • Zack Evans - 2015-01-30 16:06

    You want to tell me that I cannot buy land? You are taking us back to the 1800's. Look at what you did to eskom and the education department.. not going to list them all.. and now you're messing with the people that provide food for this nation? This is not a good sign at all.

  • Danie Nel - 2015-01-30 16:37

    Desperation actions to obtain votes.

  • Gerrie Malan - 2015-01-30 16:41

    The ANC and SACP are not really known for rational decision-making.

  • Mike Immelman - 2015-01-30 17:19

    Those who own excess land will just put each farm in a different company or family member's name. Foreigners will just get locals to act as fronts for land they own. The only thing this sort of legislation will do is to give SA a bad name internationally. They obviously want to take the land from South Africans without the international repercussions that Zimbabwe had - which would happen if they are taking from foreigh nationals. Perhaps the government is trying to crash property prices in order to buy the farm at bargain prices. If prices are going to be prescribed by government then they need to get the market values down, then they can make payouts based on market value.

      Louis Hager - 2015-01-31 06:20

      My thoughts exactly.

  • Jane Smith - 2015-01-30 19:07

    Closer and closer to revolution...

  • Kgalosi Mabusela - 2015-01-31 02:53

    I woud like to commend the ANC in terms of land ownership.

  • Roger Pacey - 2015-01-31 12:12

    There is a thread of paranoia running through recent ANC thinking. They want to restrict foreign ownership of security companies for fear of foreigners in numbers, owning guns, being a threat to state security. That these companies are almost exclusively manned and managed by SA citizens (by law) cuts no ice. They want to restrict foreign ownership of property for fear of foreigners buying up all the good property and excluding SAns, even though statistics show that only 3% of SA property is owned by foreigners. They want to act to prevent foreign spaza shop owners from taking over township trade etc And now this. Is it any wonder that South Africans are xenophobic?

  • Ryan Kewley - 2015-01-31 12:57

    What about the zulu trust lands? Does the ANC want them too

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