ANC set to shake up land policies

2010-10-06 22:45

kalahari.com

Cape Town - The ANC is planning a moratorium on the sale of land to foreigners, in order to speed up land reform.

This measure, along with the new green paper on land reform, will be discussed on Saturday at a meeting of the party's social transformation committee, under the guidance of Lindiwe Sisulu.

The expropriation bill is among the proposed legislation which will be discussed.

According to the agriculture sector, these discussions could result in "radical" policy changes.

It will bring clarity regarding suggestions to limit farmers' land ownership as well as the proposed land management commission's functions.

This is part of the ANC's plans to renew land reform policy and do away with the principle of willing buyer/seller as a condition for government's purchase of private agricultural land for reform purposes.

The party decided at its recent national general council that legislation should be put in place soon, while foreigners' land ownership is limited.

The green paper has been dragging along for months amid allegations about a split within the ANC over certain resolutions.

"The land reform policy has, up until now, corresponded with the white paper on land reform of 1996 and the Constitution... why it suddenly needs to be changed is unclear, and we expect a radical shift in emphasis," said Annelise Crosby from Agri SA's legal department.

The finalisation of the green paper comes at a time when the department of land reform and rural development has admitted to missing its target for land reform and restitution in the previous financial year.

Chaos

According to its report for the 2009-'10 financial year, the department was able to conclude less than 10% of its more than 1 600 land claims.

Of the 131 claims that were considered, only 33 were concluded.

The department also failed in its efforts to acquire 656 000ha agricultural land as government was only able to obtain about 240 000ha.

Annette Steyn, DA MP and spokesperson on land reform, says Minister Gugile Nkwinti's department "is in chaos".

"And the green paper, which will guide reform and restitution, is being based on this department's judgement.

"The ANC keeps emphasising the failure of the 'willing buyer/seller' principle, but no-one has provided any supporting evidence.

"How can they claim this if the government doesn't even know precisely how much land has been bought, how many properties have pending claims and how much land has been distributed since 1994?"

The auditor general based his negative conclusions about the department's financial affairs partly on the fact that government still has no comprehensive register of property.

Dr Nozizwe Makgalamele, director general of rural development and land reform, admits in the annual report that "in general there are insufficient skills within government to manage (government) land."

Attempts to reach ANC spokespeople Jackson Mthembu and Ishmael Mnisi were unsuccessful.
Read more on:    anc  |  gugile nkwinti  |  annette steyn  |  land
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/Sport
 

Printable solar panels will bring exciting new opportunities!

Printed sheets of flexible solar cells can mean your electronic devices can soon be charged with the use of renewable energy.

 
 

For chic geeks...

Now there’s a special lane for texting while walking
LOL! 7 brutally honest texts from parents
This lock means keys are something of the past!
7 things you didn't know about Apple

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

30% off new fiction books!

Save 30% on new captivating books from great authors such as Wilbur Smith, James Pettereson and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

Camping gear!

We’ve got all your camping must have’s right here at mind blowing low prices. Check them out now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

As the Moon moves out of restless Gemini into sensitive Cancer today you are able to relax your active mind and be more receptive...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.