Land restitution 'could be doubled'

2012-01-25 11:45

Johannesburg - The government's land restitution programme could have bought twice as much land if beneficiaries were not given money, a survey has found.

"Despite the provincial difference in land costs, the bottom line is that money provided for financial compensation could have bought a great deal more land for black land reform beneficiaries had they not received money instead," SA Institute of Race Relations researcher Kerwin Lebone said on Wednesday.

The institute's SA Survey, published this week, found that the government had spent R12.1bn to transfer just over 2.6 million hectares of land as part of its restitution programme between 1994 and 2009.

Almost R5.7bn had been given to beneficiaries who received money instead of land. Based on the average cost per hectare, the money could have been used to buy an additional 2.6 million hectares.

The survey was based on the national average cost per hectare, which concealed provincial distortions.

Land costs for the restitution programme were about R12 400 per hectare in Gauteng and only slightly less than R200 in the Free State.

In the Free State, the amount given in financial compensation could have bought 12 times the hectares received by land restitution beneficiaries, the survey found.

  • Bardy - 2012-01-25 12:00

    That is what greed gives you!

      Spyker - 2012-01-25 23:59

      This is a bit like asking - what is worse.., a bullet through the right temple, or a bullet through the left temple..? What is worse - to give CASH hand-outs to incompetent nincompoops or to dish out LAND to incompetent nincompoops..? Take your pick... There was once a song - "...We are marching to Pretoria...". Well, guess what, "we" have subsequently arrived, but instead of understanding what they were given, for doing NOTHING other than their utmost to destroy it - THEY ARE NOW MARCHING INTO THE BIG BLACK ABYSS...

  • Hotkop - 2012-01-25 12:04

    And that is TAX PAYERS MONEY!

      Jomah - 2012-01-25 14:48

      I wonder what the thumbs down is for. So then it is NOT coming from tax money?

  • Ben - 2012-01-25 12:05

    And then a lot of farms allocated have been sold. So what did the people want?

      PyroSA - 2012-01-25 15:03

      They don't want to or can't work for the money so they just sell the land to get some money.

  • jacques.koorts - 2012-01-25 12:05

    ok so basically 5.7bn of my tax money was given away AGAIN. Thats on top of the 5bn of limpopo's f-up, and the police headquaters, the arms deal and add 200% of the stuff we dont know = 1 trillion rand stolen from me.

      jacques.koorts - 2012-01-25 12:06

      somebody owes me some serious money.

      Peter - 2012-01-25 16:50

      By buying the land they were giving it away anyway. They should rather have given the beneficiaries all money instead of land, but with strict conditions attached. All the guys who received land did nothing with it anyway, at least when white farmers owned it it was productive and provided employment. Nobody gains out of land "reform" when it is dealt with in this way, besides politicians. To date over 2 million ha, bigger than the entire Kruger Park, has not helped black people improve their standard of living one iota. It is a complete farce.

  • Jomah - 2012-01-25 12:10

    Iemand het gesluk!

  • Newsreader - 2012-01-25 12:15

    How much of that land is productive today?

      Charmain - 2012-01-25 12:52

      The land that the new black owners are letting to and that is being cultivated by white farmers.

  • Larry - 2012-01-25 12:16

    That must have taken a lot of Brain power.

  • Marcell - 2012-01-25 12:19

    And how much of those farms are contributing to the food needs of the nation?(silence!) This land scam is all about $$$$. It has zip to do with the actual soil.

      Gerhard - 2012-01-25 12:47

      So they are either allocated land or given cash. If they got the land, they would sell it for cash. Now they are still landless and they are still crying for more free land, so that they can sell it to get more cash and so the cycle repeats itself. Like you said, it was never about the land.

  • lindz.kok - 2012-01-25 12:19

    well land or money doesnt mater the land they would of recieved would of been sold anyway, so now they are back to square one. wont be long before a land reclaim without compensation bill will be passed to take the farming minopely from white hands

      PyroSA - 2012-01-25 15:08

      And how exactly is it a monopoly?

  • The-Azanian - 2012-01-25 12:20

    government should have applied wc strategy of going 50/50 between the farmer and workers which increase production and prevent loss of skills unless if it was sacred land as many cases in limpopo-thohoyandou.

  • Max - 2012-01-25 12:21

    What is the point that you are trying to make here? Stating the obvious or showing the disparety in prices of land between provinces?

      Peter - 2012-01-25 13:07

      Nope. They bought the land, DID NOT REDISTRIBUTE IT, and then gave the claimants money. - Pure logicical sense to me. ( WTF ) --- all they have done is to TAKE away from the farmers with no end benefit to the country

  • Shane - 2012-01-25 12:23

    Perhaps instead of land restitution, ALL beneficiaries should have been compensated for monetarily instead of receiving land. Reassigning them land doesn't necessarily improve their living standards - on average they probably all remain subsistence farmers. They should have been provided with a sum of money equivalent to the value of land that they lost, and encouraged to urbanize. That way we could move our population towards existing infrastructure in urban areas, and more efficiently (efficiency doesn't really exist in SA I guess) manage that infrastructure instead of wastefully spending on larger geographical regions where the value each rand spent relative to the improvement of the living standards of the general population diminishes. In other words, one rand spent on education or healthcare in Johannesburg serves more people than one rand spent in a rural area. That land that would otherwise have served no purpose other than a dwelling for a hut can then also at least be used to try and maximize on the use of arable land for agriculture, hence greater food security domestically, increased food exports, and greater tax revenue. Not to mention the beneficiaries at least also have some money in their pockets, which they never had before, and probably don't have when given land.

      Marcell - 2012-01-25 12:36

      You don't think like a politician :)

  • PhilipV - 2012-01-25 12:27

    It's only a problem because?

  • Jannie - 2012-01-25 12:27

    Land is bought , beneficiares paid but im yet to hear that food production has increased. Just another freebee

  • Gogs Lombard - 2012-01-25 12:28

    What I don't understand is that the ANCYL is calling for a faster re-distribution of land when a large percentage of previously productive land is now lying fallow. Are they hoping for UN food relief so that they can control that as well and re-distribute it at a price to line their own pockets?

      lindz.kok - 2012-01-25 12:32

      i think you have hit the nail on the head...

  • leondlg - 2012-01-25 12:38

    So does the pay-outs count towards land reform / ownership stats? Or will they continue to shout that blacks own less than 20% of the land?

      Marcell - 2012-01-25 13:04

      No Yes

  • Zion - 2012-01-25 12:50

    One can only shake one's head and weep for the powers that be. This whole tragic incident arises because there were elections on the way and political inches just had to be gained. So what do they do? Give the people maaaanie to shut the f**ck up and vote for the ANC plus the tins of fish and the odd tin of bully-beef. Will they never learn? Recommend to send the cabinet and all ANC parliamentarians to school to learn the differences in value of land versus maaaaanie. Some can also do a course in basic nursing to help those that just shot themselves in the foot.

      lindz.kok - 2012-01-25 13:12

      it is this typical short sighted anc outlook, get what i can now, there is no future. look at eskom for instance the old gov pre warned the anc of the energy crises that was soon to come but name changes was more importand not power stations schools prisons or roads. the same goes for the anc seporters, "if the goverment gives me money for land i can buy a car and house" not "if the goverment gives me money for land i can buy land and develope it, there for ensuring a stable future for myself"

  • Zion - 2012-01-25 12:52

    Feel like taking the weekend off to cry in the Rainbow.

  • Ben - 2012-01-25 12:58

    And the point is?

      Zion - 2012-01-25 13:26

      And the point is like in crying for the beloved country x 2

  • Ben - 2012-01-25 13:01

    And the point is?

      Zion - 2012-01-25 13:27

      And the point is your computer has a glitch

  • MarkH - 2012-01-25 13:36

    No, the bottom line is that government wasted a hell of a lot of money, our money, which they gave to their supporters to buy Mercs & bling with when they could have built schools, hospitals and repaired failing infrastructure. Perhaps, when you've finished playing so nicely with your figures, you would care to analyze how much of that R5,7bn was spent on creating jobs, creating new farms and generating other positives for the country and how much went on luxuries. Think that may also surprise you.

  • Gawie - 2012-01-25 13:53

    If the Government Pays restitution, why is statistics of land distribution then still calculated ito blacks and whites owning land?

  • Jannie - 2012-01-25 14:04

    give the previously disadvantage land!, in 15 years time when they have still not figured out how to farm, and they have gone back to the big cities, buy or lease it from da guvament.

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-01-25 14:23

    It clearly shows that these people want money and not the land. Clearly greed plays a huge role, rather than the will to actually farm.

      Darrin - 2012-01-25 19:25

      There is an area in Botswana called Pandamatenga. This area produces approx 80% of Botswana's crops (Sorgum, Sunflower oil etc). There are about 20 farms in this area, every one of which is owned/run by a white person (Mostly South Africans). Ian Khama went up there a couple of years ago to see what was going on and found one area full of weeds etc. On investigation, it was discovered that this piece of land was supposed to be used to grow crops and teach locals how to farm. Instead the money had been spent on Landcruisers and squandered in other ways. Ian Khama promptly fired everyone on the spot and redistributed the land amongst the white farmers.... Maybe JZ, JUJU and the other ANC Cadres should take heed and look at Zimbabwe to see where they are heading ?? Just a thought...

  • Hennie - 2012-01-25 19:24

    And all they Did Or still will Do is Drink it out ... From 1 APE to a another ... From top to bottom ... they are all the same ... Them Tree's are awaiting you my none fellow being's

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