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Constructive suggestions for land expropriation

12 March 2018, 12:20

Here are a few suggestions in response to Thuli Madonsela's invitation.

The approach to solving land expropriation should be rational, reasonable and logical and only be managed by experts. To expropriate land in the bundu where the novice farmer will struggle to source supplies, remain in supportive contact with family and friends and have within easy reach professional help and guidance would be impractical. 

The land to be expropriated should be close to the urban areas or certain selected rural areas where landless, homeless blacks are congregated en masse. This, in the first instance, should pacify the anxiety of farmers whose land is so far from urban areas and informal settlements, material resources and professional assistance that expropriation of it would make little sense.

Allocation of expropriated land should be done only to reasonably young, educated and skilled novices with a real love for the soil and animals and a genuine desire to succeed in farming. They should receive basic education and training by institutions and guidance by neighbouring farmers.

The governement should provide access or guarantees to financing for nobody can farm without sufficient financial resources. 

Other land exropriation for non-agricultural purposes, e.g. new township development, will also be in close proximity to urban areas and informal settlements and once more the effective communication of purpose and plan will allay concerns and create goodwill. This should ensure that the anxiety of distant farmers, and the criticism of armchair politicians, will prove to be unfounded and misplaced. 

Do the right things right and win the hearts and minds of the sceptics.  

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