ARTICLES RELATING TO LAND REFORM

SA farmers 'don't owe anyone anything'

2014-04-09 12:27

South African farmers are unwilling to finance half of land reform farms, because it is unjust and unfair, says an agriculture union.

Govt playing with fire - property rights body

2014-04-07 14:43

The proposal that commercial agriculture must transfer 50% of land to workers could create a major disaster for SA, says a property rights group.

China's cautious land-reform

2013-11-11 13:29

Tan Yingyu is one of China's 200 million migrant workers and like many he is stuck: he cannot become a legal resident in the city of Chengdu.

Tycoons in MalaMala bush war

2013-06-23 11:40

Top wildlife tycoons Michael Rattray and Dave Varty are embroiled in a dispute that could influence the future of land reform policy.

Questions over land reform timing

2013-02-20 16:55

The government's announcement that land claims from before 1913 will be re-opened has created huge expectations, says Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Mulder.

Land reform proposals to be implemented

2012-12-09 13:01

Proposals for the redistribution of land found in the land reform green paper would come into effect as early as March, the rural development minister says.

Billions spent on distressed farmers

2012-08-13 14:44

The SA government has spent billions of rands to help 600 farms in distress, says Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti.

ANC leans towards expropriation again

2012-06-24 10:23

The spectre of land expropriation is again rearing its ugly head in the agricultural sector.

Nkwinti spells out land reform target

2012-03-01 14:05

The land reform minister says 30% of 82 million hectares of agricultural land held by white commercial farmers should be transferred to black farmers by 2014.

DA: Govt must do audit before reform

2011-09-12 15:21

Until the government completes a full audit of what land it owns and what condition it is in, land reform will be seriously compromised, says the DA.

Nkwinti admits backslide in land reform

2011-08-31 12:41

SA has reversed gains in transferring 30% of commercial farmland to black people after farmers resold land bought for them by the state, says a minister.

Govt may curb foreign land ownership

2011-08-25 22:01

Government may put restrictions on the sale of land to foreigners, a draft policy shows.

Zim land grab toll tops $12bn

2011-08-03 21:37

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's land reforms have cost the economy $12bn in lost agricultural production, farmers say.

First screen new farmers - Land Bank

2011-07-26 09:55

Emerging farmers should comply with certain criteria before being settled on farms, says the Land Bank.

Nkwinti: Govt needs help with land reform

2011-07-08 21:29

The "go-it-alone" approach has failed previous administrations and will not be repeated, says Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti.

Malema: We will take land

2011-06-19 16:22
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ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has vowed again to "take land without payment" at his organisation's elective conference.

Winnie calls for land reform

2011-06-19 15:37

ANC veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has called for a revision of land reform policies after making a surprise appearance at the youth league conference.

Farm equity schemes to make a return

2010-11-15 07:10

Government is set to lift the moratorium on its Farm Equity Schemes, an arrangement that allows farm workers to obtain shares in agricultural companies or farms.

Govt wants new rights to curb land prices

2010-10-14 09:20

The long-awaited green paper on land reform proposes new rights for government to keep private property prices in check.

New policy on land grabs, farm tax

2010-10-13 22:27

The long-awaited green paper on land reform proposes a more forceful expropriation policy, a land tax and the scrapping of the willing-buyer-willing-seller concept.

Land reform not working - Malema

2010-08-27 12:28

Landowners who refuse amounts offered during expropriation should have their land taken away with no payment, ANC Youth League president Julius Malema says.

New land policy a well kept secret

2010-08-09 11:17

Leaked reports indicate that new land reform rules could include a ceiling on private land ownership and allowing foreigners to buy land only with a SA partner.

 

Sharing farms with workers won't work - party

2014-04-07 16:12
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The idea of giving farm workers half of the land they work on is ill-considered, warns the Freedom Front Plus.

Politicians must not 'use agriculture for votes'

2014-04-04 16:16

Political parties and politicians must refrain from making statements that unnecessarily tarnish agriculture’s image, warns an industry body.

Bigger tobacco crop will help Zim's ailing economy

2014-02-20 12:59

According to a minister Zimbabwe hopes to boost agricultural output this year with an increase in tobacco production, already the country's biggest export.

Bid to tackle fraudulent land claims

2013-09-05 14:24

A proposed bill will make it a crime to lodge fraudulent land claims and also open the door for whites who had lost land.

Plan to keep land out of banks' hands

2013-06-20 10:44

The government is working on a plan that would help prevent redistributed land being used as collateral by banks, says Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti.

SA speeds up land reform

2013-02-14 21:46
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The government is ditching the "willing buyer, willing seller" principle to fast track its land redistribution programme, according to President Jacob Zuma.

Union: Land reform plan is blackmail

2012-10-24 17:17

President Jacob Zuma's land reform plan amounted to blackmail, says trade union Solidarity.

Land reform obsession 'wasted money'

2012-08-31 09:53

The state's fixation with having 30% of agricultural land under black control by 2014 "wasted a pile of money", the land reform minister is quoted as saying.

Call for land grabs with compensation

2012-06-28 13:44
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Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson advocates expropriation within the constitution, saying the willing-buyer, willing-seller policy can no longer continue.

Mulder: Land reform debate needed

2012-06-07 13:43

The debate on land reform should be opened up to provide certainty to concerned commercial farmers, says Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Mulder.

New thinking necessary on land reform

2011-11-20 22:00

A Codesa on land reform is an increasing possibility as more and more influential people realise that the current process will not have the desired outcome.

Revamped land reform system unveiled

2011-08-31 11:33

A single four-tier system has been proposed in a green paper by the rural development and land reform minister.

Cosatu supports land expropriation

2011-08-25 15:00

The willing seller, willing buyer principle has not aided land reform and expropriation with compensation should be pursued, says Cosatu.

Zim land grab toll tops $12bn

2011-08-03 21:37

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's land reforms have cost the economy $12bn in lost agricultural production, farmers say.

Taking land without payment a possibility

2011-07-10 13:45
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The expropriation of land without compensation is a possibility in future, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Gugile Nkwinti reportedly has said.

Free State farmers: We are here to stay

2011-06-24 07:34

Free State farmers have warned that Julius Malema's view on land reform is simplistic and expressed concern that the ANCYL leader was making it a race issue.

Winnie calls for land reform

2011-06-19 15:37

ANC veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has called for a revision of land reform policies after making a surprise appearance at the youth league conference.

State to reopen land claims process

2011-05-10 14:46

Claimants are to get another chance to apply for compensation for removal under the 1913 Natives' Land Act, says a government official.

Congo deal close for SA farmers

2010-11-12 08:07

SA farmers are expected to reach a land deal with the Republic of Congo soon.

Govt moots ban on farm buyers

2010-10-14 06:34

Foreigners and “South Africans who do not qualify for redress” may be banned from buying productive land, a new government policy paper proposes.

Blacks not using farms awarded by govt

2010-10-07 15:08

Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti says the government lacks strategy to follow up on farms given to black farmers and land reform will now target farmers with passion and ability.

Agri SA slams Malema over land call

2010-08-27 21:18

ANC YL president Julius Malema's call for the willing buyer, willing seller principle to be scrapped is unconstitutional and could undermine investor confidence, Agri SA has said.

Tough rules for foreign land buyers

2010-08-16 21:35

Foreigners will in future not be able to own land without the consent of local communities, a government spokesperson says.

Land reform plan to stir angry debate

2010-07-19 08:44

A new three-part green paper will propose a restriction on the amount of land that can be owned by individuals and companies.

 
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