Gauteng settles 99% of land claims

2010-08-31 19:12

Johannesburg - The only outstanding claims are those of Krokodilspruit (farm), which is with the courts to resolve disputes, as well as the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, said Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Lehoza.

"The (land) will soon be transferred to the claimants... The (Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Tina Joemat-Pettersson) has approved it," she said.

"The total farmland in Gauteng in 1994 was 774 285ha. The total number of hectares delivered to claimants to date is 35 599ha - a total of 4.6% of farmland in Gauteng", she said.

The national department of land reform was also reviewing 252 labour tenancy cases.

Mayathula-Lehoza said that, in support of land reform, the department had launched the farmer post settlement support project to teach land reform recipients to use their land productively, viably and to access finance.

She said the department had provided advisory services to 36 land reform beneficiaries in the financial year's first quarter, it visited 54 farms and conducted study group sessions with 13 farmers.

The department compiled 14 business plans to access finance for small-scale farmers, in collaboration with the department of rural development and land reform.

"The department is continuing to support agricultural economics for business development, access to finance and economic viability studies to land and agrarian reform beneficiaries," said Mayathula-Lehoza.