State to move fast on land bill - minister
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State to move fast on land bill - minister

2015-02-24 11:03

Cape Town - The regulation of land holdings bill should be processed by parliament and signed into law this year which will place a maximum ceiling on agricultural land holdings for both legal and natural persons, Minister of Rural Development and Land Affairs Gugile Nkwinti said at a briefing at parliament on Tuesday.

Nkwinti said the government’s 50/50 policy framework - where workers would take ownership of half of farms - would be implemented “immediately”. Government has received a number of proposals from commercial farmers and would pilot at least 50 projects “during this term”, he told journalists.

He repeated the announcement in President Jacob Zuma’s Stae of the Nation speech that future ownership of agricultural land by foreign nationals would be prohited.

READ: Sona wrap: Zuma drops bomb on land ownership

He emphasised that this policy would “not apply to residential property”. This was an important addition to the debate about land capping, as the president did not mention that it would be restricted to agricultural land.

“To revitalise agriculture, government will progressively establish agri-parks in all 53 district municipalities. However, during the 2015/16 financial year, government will prioritise the 27 poorest district municipalities.”

These would be fully fledged agro-hubs that would offer all services along the various commodity value chains. This “one district, one agri-park” approach would include the selection and training of smallholder farmers.

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Comments
  • Leon Le Roux - 2015-02-24 11:12

    Wow some farmers must be happy with this as their debt and running cost is immediately cut by 50% ! Imagine the "partners" visiting the bank manager to obtain financing :)

      Made Inthe-South - 2015-02-24 11:21

      Will the farms of Mantashe,Thandie Modise,RAMAphosa and the other cadres also be split half/half?Then again there is now workers on their farms,because it is lying dormant

      Luke Boshier - 2015-02-24 11:23

      there are not that many privately owned farm left in the country, not to mention that the majority are heavily leveraged with the banks. Most are owned by bigger Agri-businesses, going to be mayhem!!

      Shivi Shanda - 2015-02-24 12:01

      The faster the Bill is passed the more the problems will be later - Again smart thinking by Government.

      Kevin Marsh - 2015-02-24 13:59

      Farmers owe banks 60 billion plus . Hope the workers can pay their half . If I was a farmer I would stop paying the loans and let the debt increase . Let the thugs pay .

      Marius Bam Swanepoel - 2015-02-24 14:31

      Headline should be: SA Citizens to start investing in canned food as soon as possible or risk starving by next year.

      Pack Age - 2015-02-24 16:52

      Moderator.......you are deleting my posts again when they were perfectly legal!!!!!! NEWS24 is biased and protective of ZUMA......clear as daylight! Don’t come and express your ignorance to my common law RIGHTS TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESION by openly deleting ethically correct postings I make on NEWS24! As it clearly shows your PRO Zuma and PRO ANC attitude and blatantly biased opinion perpetrated here by deleting my post that has NOT broken any of your NEWS24 RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!! But which rather goes against your personal POLITIAL FAVOUR!

      Pack Age - 2015-02-24 18:21

      This has been fast tracked because it is top of the EFF's agenda for land grabs! Nothing more nothing less, it's just to weaken the EFF's political agenda and weaken one of their main selling points in the voter attraction arena

  • Donovan Dunn - 2015-02-24 11:12

    and so it begins...the slow decent to full land grabs. Welcome to Zimbabwe 2.0

      Luke Boshier - 2015-02-24 11:19

      certainly a very large nail, not many left either

      Scouter Four-One - 2015-02-24 11:25

      That is about the sum total of SA's predicament, DD. Rampant corruption, purging in high places, energy woes, declining agricultural production, a failing currency, a despotic leader and now land grabs. A carbon copy of Zimbabwe but on a much larger scale - glad that I am well out of SA ... and Africa in general, for that matter.

      Pack Age - 2015-02-24 16:52

      Moderator.......you are deleting my posts again when they were perfectly legal!!!!!! NEWS24 is biased and protective of ZUMA......clear as daylight! Don’t come and express your ignorance to my common law RIGHTS TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESION by openly deleting ethically correct postings I make on NEWS24! As it clearly shows your PRO Zuma and PRO ANC attitude and blatantly biased opinion perpetrated here by deleting my post that has NOT broken any of your NEWS24 RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!! But which rather goes against your personal POLITIAL FAVOUR!

  • Chris Faurie - 2015-02-24 11:16

    Thinking is not their strong point.

      Pack Age - 2015-02-24 16:52

      Moderator.......you are deleting my posts again when they were perfectly legal!!!!!! NEWS24 is biased and protective of ZUMA......clear as daylight! Don’t come and express your ignorance to my common law RIGHTS TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESION by openly deleting ethically correct postings I make on NEWS24! As it clearly shows your PRO Zuma and PRO ANC attitude and blatantly biased opinion perpetrated here by deleting my post that has NOT broken any of your NEWS24 RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!! But which rather goes against your personal POLITIAL FAVOUR!

      Nikki Downes - 2015-02-24 16:55

      I wish they would rather focus on the RDP houses they have been promising for 20 years now! Nice way of deflecting their failures.

  • Timothy Tanzer - 2015-02-24 11:30

    Will the new 50% owners 'buy' half the debt...

      Marius Bam Swanepoel - 2015-02-24 14:37

      Exactly what I was thinking. What is to stop the farmer from taking out as much loans as possible on his assist, then investing it and live of the 50% he has left.Sure the banks will repossess assists but then its fair because the new owners will have to start with nothing just like the farmers did or face loosing the land (which the farmer will buy back from the initial investment)

      Marius Bam Swanepoel - 2015-02-24 14:38

      or plan B Declare yourself insolvent, retrench everyone and hire only your family.

      Pack Age - 2015-02-24 16:53

      Moderator.......you are deleting my posts again when they were perfectly legal!!!!!! NEWS24 is biased and protective of ZUMA......clear as daylight! Don’t come and express your ignorance to my common law RIGHTS TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESION by openly deleting ethically correct postings I make on NEWS24! As it clearly shows your PRO Zuma and PRO ANC attitude and blatantly biased opinion perpetrated here by deleting my post that has NOT broken any of your NEWS24 RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!! But which rather goes against your personal POLITIAL FAVOUR!

  • Maven Punk - 2015-02-24 11:40

    The workers will just say thank very much, then sell their share and spend it all in no time.

      Pack Age - 2015-02-24 16:53

      Moderator.......you are deleting my posts again when they were perfectly legal!!!!!! NEWS24 is biased and protective of ZUMA......clear as daylight! Don’t come and express your ignorance to my common law RIGHTS TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESION by openly deleting ethically correct postings I make on NEWS24! As it clearly shows your PRO Zuma and PRO ANC attitude and blatantly biased opinion perpetrated here by deleting my post that has NOT broken any of your NEWS24 RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!! But which rather goes against your personal POLITIAL FAVOUR!

  • Matt Craig Liesenberg - 2015-02-24 11:58

    It would honestly cost the Anc less to redevelope the millions of hectares lying dormant in the ciskei and transkei. They always look for easy alternatives that require the least amount of work.

  • Markus Sukram - 2015-02-24 12:01

    So which worker is going to own which share of the 50%? And how are they going to calculate exaclty 50% of the farm? Is it going to be 50% of the profits or 50% of the land? What a mess just like this country's politics...

      David Thegiantslayer - 2015-02-24 12:47

      Does the farm include the buildings and equipment too? What about the debt? Is that part of the farm as well or does that belong solely to the current owner?

      Belatu - 2015-02-24 13:00

      Would love to see this. 1. Farmer Establishes a trust company 2. Place 50% of the Farms assets in the trusts ownership. 3. Informs the workers that the Trust is theirs, and that they must decide how to divide it. 4. Watch chaos ensue.

  • Mariah Prudy Mahlangu - 2015-02-24 12:32

    Until Gov understand what the land is, we are at odds with everything government touch.

      Marius Bam Swanepoel - 2015-02-24 14:39

      Gov think land = votes. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • Jaco Klopper - 2015-02-24 12:33

    HKGK.......Time is fast running out for any sensible resolution to the SA fiasco. Hold on...we are in for a very rough ride, be aware...the driver in very incompetent and there is no brakes on this ride!!!!

  • David Thegiantslayer - 2015-02-24 12:48

    President Zuma is the BEST president yet! We've never had such a good ruler, so honest, upright, completely accepting criticism magnanimously, totally devoted to his wife and children and not philandering with his friends' daughters or sleeping with HIV+ young women. This man is the epitome of those who manage their money exceptionally well - to the point that no one can offer to lend him a helping hand in return for favors. He therefore does not fall into the trap of having people like Gupta controlling his every action. For instance it's a pure co-incidence that Gupta has invested[stolen?] in uranium rich land to mine whilst Mr ZUma has concluded a magnificent deal with the Russians for R1 trillion of tax-payers money. Mr Zuma has the amazing foresight to see that this country needs nuclear power stations and he'll ensure that these utilities will be constructed within a fast construction time of only 5 years. They'll be extremely well-designed and will come on stream on time if not ahead of time. Mr Zuma will ensure that there'll be no favors dished out to friends and family because he is such an upright man. In fact ALL the money will be plowed into the construction of these power stations - nothing will find it's way into unknown pockets. All power stations will be completed and operational within 20 years and not one will break down before start-up. Now of course all the black farmers will keep their land! What a wonderful president we have, we should be so grateful!

  • fransvisserdsb - 2015-02-24 13:10

    Ok, a few questions: - what about companies with foreign shareholding, such as Sappi/Mondi/Huletts? I thought we were looking for direct foreign investment, are such entities going to be limited in terms of the quantity of land they own? If they have foreign shareholding, would they be able to own land? How would it work with their workers? Why would a multinational company be treated differently than a foreign person? What would the effect be on foreign investment if you limit their investment potential, and force them to hand over 50% of their property? How would you determine the distribution of the shares? 50% of the farm will be shared among the workers. how do you determine who gets what share?do they have to pay for it, or is it, like everything else, free? What about working capital, debt financing, etc.?

  • William Lebotschy - 2015-02-24 13:18

    will the workers take 50% of the debt? Doubt it. Looks like constitutional court will be busy.

  • John Christian Fagan - 2015-02-24 13:42

    and the Guptas

  • Kevin Marsh - 2015-02-24 13:49

    Disgusting thieving sob's .not deserving . Want a farm , buy one . Being a thief is not an option and I hope that any thieves receiving land in this manner fail and starve .

  • CJ CJ - 2015-02-24 14:14

    The beginning of the end.There goes our food security.Just more money spend on something where the outcome would be unsuccessful.And when this does not work,they will most probably blame the farmer because his 50% of the farm looks better.But they never asked,why.

  • Garth Mitchell - 2015-02-24 14:15

    Reading this tripe just makes me realise that we have some of the most insane nutters for public officials. 1. I would love to see how the constitutional court will see a farming enterprise as somehow different to running a Pick n' Pay. One assumes that Pick n' Pay will now be limited to only 12 stores and be coerced into handing 50% of their businesses to staff. 2. Perhaps someone needs to inform the bright sparks that came up with these brilliant solutions that a 12 000 ha farm in the Karoo is not a viable entity whereas a 12 000 ha farm in Natal means that you have won the lottery. Or can we assume that powers that be have also done deals with some deities to spread the rainfall around more equitably. 3. I assume that farmland owned by individuals fortunate enough to be born with high levels of melanin will also be forced to do 50/50 deals with staff members or is this just targeted at certain individuals with low levels of melanin. And we could go on and on and on. Anyone with a modicum of intelligence sees this is yet another demonstration of how low IQ gets you everywhere in government. BTW minister I will simply be firing my staff should you promulgate these laws. Try and stop me.

  • Johnny Better - 2015-02-24 14:27

    We all will starve to death

      Marius Bam Swanepoel - 2015-02-24 14:45

      not quite wright. Whites from SA can claim asylum in 7 countries already (in an article i read from an dutch paper) Have a look at Zim, its not the farmer who's land got stolen that is starving.

  • victor.downing.37 - 2015-02-24 15:27

    Lots of court cases before it becomes law.

  • Paul Manson - 2015-02-24 15:47

    All big talk to gain votes... will never come into play and if it does, the courts will be backed up for years to come.

  • Ewald van den Heever - 2015-02-24 16:39

    OK so what is the projected loss in agri-production over the next 10 years, what is the estimated impact in inflation costs as a nett result?

  • Roger Pacey - 2015-02-24 17:36

    Yes, fast on a Bill that is primarily political in nature and at glacier speed on a Bill that we all desperately need, the one allowing private power producers to supply power to the grid.

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