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Cabinet promises 262 new land reform projects

Oct 25 2018 19:57
Khulekani Magubane, Fin24

Cabinet has committed to 262 land reform projects around the country aimed at benefiting youth and women, it said in a statement. 

Cabinet held a meeting on Wednesday at Parliament's Tuynhuys chambers in Cape Town, ahead of Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's first medium-term budget policy statement. 

Parliament is at an advanced stage of its hearings aimed at establishing whether it is necessary to amend Section 25 of the Constitution to allow land expropriation without compensation. 

At the same time, the ruling African National Congress has determined that government should go ahead with testing land expropriation without compensation under current legislation.

Cabinet raised the matter of expropriation in the context of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s handover of 4 586 hectares of land to members of the KwaMkhwanazi, Empangeni community took place in KwaZulu Natal earlier this month.

"Government is committed to supporting the sustainability of emerging agricultural enterprises, which includes 262 land reform-related projects to benefit youth and women across all provinces," said the statement from Cabinet, released on Thursday.

Cabinet lauded the handover as an opportunity for community members to shift from being subsistence to commercial farmers, and to become business owners across the value chains of the assets on their land.

The Cabinet statement does not indicate how many plots have been earmarked for the land reform projects, where each plot is located in the country or who the current owners of that land are.

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