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Bishops advocate 'caring' land use

2012-01-25 07:55

Johannesburg - Land should be used in a caring and respectful way for present and future generations, the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC) said on Tuesday.

"Land is a source of human life. It is God's gift to all of which we as human beings are responsible as custodians," said SACBC justice and peace department land desk co-ordinator Philani Mkhize.

He was speaking at the launch of SACBC's vision for land reform at the St John Vianney seminary in Waterkloof, Pretoria.

A paradigm shift was needed in the way land was viewed, with it being more than just a commodity, said Mkhize.

Vision

The SACBC's vision was that all people, including those in rural areas, should benefit from a good quality of life. The rural economy should flourish and be important to the broader economy.

This would provide attractive opportunities for young people.

The SACBC said all people should have access to adequate land for housing, grazing, and cropping.

This should be accompanied by access to safe and affordable water, and other basic services such as electricity, sanitation, health and educational facilities.

While much progress had been made with land reform, it was important that secure land rights existed and that there were institutions to enforce those rights, Mkhize said.

The SACBC is a board of Catholic bishops within South Africa, Swaziland and Botswana.

Comments
  • Lionel - 2012-01-25 08:11

    This is the problem - the arrogance of humans to claim that god gave them the earth - this is why we have catastrophic environmental problems today.

  • jody.beggs - 2012-01-25 08:29

    I wonder what they mean by "all people should have access to adequate land for housing, grazing, and cropping." . Is this a BEE or AA deal ? Damn the man.

  • Max - 2012-01-25 08:34

    Pie in the sky, get down to earth and face the real issues bishop.

  • bernpm - 2012-01-25 09:50

    "The SACBC said all people should have access to adequate land for housing, grazing, and cropping." .....including those living on the 10th floor in a Hillbrow flat???

  • Lucky - 2012-01-25 10:29

    All people should have access to adequate nutritious food and other basic needs and not necessarily to '... adequate land for housing, grazing, and cropping."

  • Mark - 2012-01-25 12:00

    Why is this even news? Its not even worth reporting on. Platitudinous rubbish!

  • Zion - 2012-01-25 13:32

    The Bishop and his organizations should read up what is happening in the land reform arena and what is government doing about it. He and his advocate will see land being bought and the recipients thereof receive maaanie and not land. Or simply: Open your bloody eyes and wake up.

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