Green paper on land use proposes radical changes

2010-09-02 00:00

A GREEN paper proposing far-reaching changes in land use and ownership is on its way to the cabinet for approval.

The paper aims to address issues of skewed land ownership and its use in the country.

The paper puts forward several proposals, such as that the government will decide when farmers own “too much land” for a particular type of farming activity, and that those with surplus land will have to share it with black South Africans.

Foreigners will be prohibited from owning “commercial land” in South Africa without the consent of local communities and participation of black partners. The size of land that can be owned by one person will be limited with the government having the right to acquire the “excess” land and leasing it to black South African farmers.

The paper also proposes that state land may in future never be sold but only leased.

Johan Pienaar, the deputy executive director, AgriSA, said they had been informed by the minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Gugile Nkwithi, that there are significant land use changes envisioned in the paper.

AgriSA’ had asked how to determine the size of land by the kind of produce that could be grown on it.

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