Revamped land reform system unveiled

2011-08-31 11:33

Cape Town - The draft green paper on land reform released by Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti on Wednesday proposes a single reconfigured four-tier system of land reform.

This will ensure that all South Africans, particularly rural black people, have reasonable access to land with secure rights to fulfil their basic needs for housing and productive livelihoods, he told a media briefing at parliament.

The green paper aimed to create a new trajectory for land reform which attempted to break from the past without significantly disrupting agricultural production and food security, and avoiding redistribution that did not generate livelihoods, employment and incomes.

The principles underlying land reform were deracialising the rural economy, democratisation and equitable land allocation and use across race, gender and class, and a sustained production discipline for food security, he said.

The green paper proposed a recapitalisation and development programme to ensure that all land reform farms were 100% productive.

It focused on all land reform farms acquired through state funds since 1994, as well as smallholder farms privately acquired but where the new owners had had no means of keeping them productive.

The programme's strategy was partnership with commercial farmers on a risk-sharing basis.

The proposed single four-tier tenure system included state and public land on leasehold, privately owned land on freehold with limited extent, land owned by foreigners on freehold but with precarious tenure and obligations and conditions to comply with, and communally owned land on communal tenure with institutionalised use rights.

An autonomous but not independent land management commission was proposed with functions including advising, coordinating, regulating and auditing.

The land management commission would have the power to subpoena any entity, private or public, to answer questions relating to its landholdings or land interests, enquire about any land question, verify and/or validate or invalidate individual or corporate title deeds, and seize or confiscate land obtained fraudulently or through corrupt means.

The green paper further suggested establishing a statutory office of the land valuer general responsible for, among other things, providing fair and consistent land values for rating and taxing purposes, determining financial compensation in cases of land expropriation, and providing specialist valuation and property-related advice to the government.

A land rights management board and land rights management committees were also proposed. 

  • Stu - 2011-08-31 11:45

    "validate, or invalidate individual or corporate title deeds" O heck, My God, this is what the ANC have had in mind since day 1. Here we go, it seems as if all those who scarpered since 1989 with prophesies of doom and gloom were right. Damn damn damn.

  • Felix - 2011-08-31 11:59

    "The programme's strategy was partnership with commercial farmers on a risk-sharing basis." Bwahahaha, more like a risk-shifting basis.

  • Pleurotus - 2011-08-31 12:27

    Well if the construction industry (Housing) is regulated by the NHBRC, perhaps the Agricultural industry should have a similar body that advises and regulates.

  • euro-african - 2011-08-31 12:56

    I'm impressed. It appears that government put some thought into this one. Maintaining food security with the vision of affordable land for our previously disadvantaged brothers.

  • craig.a.gee - 2011-08-31 13:45

    Sounds very reasonable. Far better than.." We will take back what was ours, by any means..."

  • frans.visserdsb - 2011-08-31 15:50

    this scares me spitless... a land commissioner to determine fair land values? seriously? nobody sees the potential pitfalls in this? so he will determine what tax you have to pay... and what you will be paid for your land when you can no longer pay the taxes? Secondly - recapitalisation of farms that were run quite fine until they were taken over?

  • frans.visserdsb - 2011-08-31 16:00

    Here is a radical idea. provide scholarships to school pupils to agricultural shools. Then give them bursaries to study at Elsenburg, etc. Then provide existing farmers with a subsidy scheme to apprentice promising farmers, in order to teach them to run these farms. Then provide them with preferential loans from the Landbank in order to buy shares in farms... with current farmers being paid to supevise... Running a farm is not just farming - it is a big business, and you need to learn about finance, management, resource planning... if this was done from 1994, we would have had good, skilled black farmers running successful farms... not the current mess. It is not a black thing - put anybody (black or white) into a position to run a farm and he (or she)will fail without the requisite skills and experience.

  • Analyst - 2011-08-31 16:55

    So 3 new corruption vehicles funded by public money employing ANC top dogs no doubt.

  • Copeglobal - 2011-10-03 11:11

    Have given the ANC a great land reform plan, which will make the farmers happy and provide a trained ex agricultural African or person of colour farmer; with arable land finance and resources at tyhe same time ensuring that our old and new farmers become rxporters of food. which will ensure that for every white farmer there shall be a black or person of colour > Till now I have been ignored in spite of a professional submission to the NPC (John Webster Political policy lobbyist.) The stuff is really good seriously !! So what must we do to input ;when they are not on top of their game and refuse to even debate the merits with you .

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