Claimants, farmers: Too little for land

2010-05-11 00:00

THE R97 million budgeted by the provincial land claims commission this financial year has raised concerns with the landless and farming communities, who believe it is too little to effect real change in view of the many claims that have piled up with the commission.

The KwaZulu-Natal commission recently revealed that the budget has already been allocated to existing commitments.

During the last financial year, the Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinthi placed a moratorium on land claims due to a lack of funds. He also announced that the department would miss its target to redistribute an estimated 30% of commercial land to black farmers by 2014.

The provincial spokesperson for the commission, Nokuthokoza Ndlela, stopped short of conceding that the allocated budget is too little, saying the R97 million given to the department has already been absorbed by prior commitments.

She said despite the shortage of funds, they will continue to acquire land, as it is a “core function”.

Ndlela also urged people whose land is under claim to continue investing in that land instead of waiting for the outcomes of claims.

“The government pays market related prices for land and the people should continue investing in their land even if it is under claim because as government we will not pay millions of rand for land that is no longer productive.”

Mbhekiseni Mavuso, spokesperson for the Rural Network, said the budget will not make any changes to the lives of the many people who need the land.

“This amount will not help because there are too many claims waiting to be settled and the land owners are charging astronomical prices for their land.”

Sandy la Marque, CEO of farmers’ union KwaNalu, said the organisation is extremely concerned about the budget because it is clearly insufficient in view of the large number of claims with the commission.

She said the budget made it clear that the government is failing landless people, not the land owners as is believed.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…

What is at first an exciting tummy-turning adventure stunt, quickly turns into a scarily bad idea caught on camera. Take a look:


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Should you date your co-worker?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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 network.


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.