‘Privatise land reform’

2010-11-12 00:00

FRANS Cronje, the deputy CEO of the SA Race Relations Institute, has called for the government to privatise the land reform process to avoid its total collapse, which he warned could heighten racial tensions.

A paper Cronje wrote, published by the institute, says bottlenecks have threatened to collapse the process. “We have already seen 90% of farming enterprises handed to black South Africans cease production or collapse. Against this background, the government should perhaps consider something even more radical — privatising its land reform campaign.”

He said of the more than 400 000 hectares of agricultural land targeted for redistribution in 2010, only 100 000 had been redistributed in the first six months of the year.

“As a worst-case scenario, failure to ensure more successful land reform efforts may lead to a rise of both political and racial recrimination with the exasperated government deflecting its own shortcomings by blaming white commercial farmers for ‘resisting transformation’. As a result land reform becomes a lose-lose scenario for the country as a whole.”

His suggestions include that government could issue tenders for private sector firms to develop black agricultural enterprises in a particular geographical region.

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