Xingwana: Prioritise women's access to land

2012-08-29 14:09

Johannesburg - Women's access to land should be prioritised to address rural development and food security problems, Women's Minister Lulu Xingwana said on Wednesday.

"Together with the department of land reform, we are determined to ensure that women become the main beneficiaries of land reform," she said in a speech prepared for delivery at the Women and Budget initiative held by the Motsepe Foundation in Johannesburg.

Rural development, food security, and land reform affected women disproportionately. Empowering women would help win the war against poverty, inequality, unemployment, and abuse.

She said the aim of the initiative was to ensure resources allocated were co-ordinated to address gender inequality.

"Such initiatives will help us achieve the desired goals, one of which is boosting women's involvement and contribution to the budget process, to make it truly participatory and inclusive."

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-08-29 14:33

    Start by dividing tribal lands and giving the women of the various tribes and factions tittle deeds of surveyed registered land. This will almost immediately sort out the huge discrepancy.

      alan.gernet - 2012-08-29 14:41

      tch tch - nearly time to vote again ladies....

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-08-29 14:39

    I wish governent can start talking only after they have delivered.

  • Desilusionada - 2012-08-29 14:41

    "Empowering women would help win the war against poverty, inequality, unemployment, and abuse." Pure, distilled, unadulterated, 100% certified, utter cr@p. We have heard this story some many times, the meaning has gone past. Ms Cadre Deployed, do you want to make more laws, in a country that does not know the word, law-abiding? This "empowerment" that you so glibly talk about is suddenly going to produce jobs from the blue (polluted) skies? We are still waiting for the 1 000 000 that the showerspear would have produced.. The dysfunctional police force is going help in preventing and prosecuting cases of abuse? When the most chauvinistic example is in charge, getting his spear wet in the shower? You want to 'empower' but your colleague who is supposed to sort education out and prevent 41 schools being closed, is languishing in Mauritius? Save your speech for those converted, self hugging, free roaming examples of quarter-wits, swilling the Blue and Moet later this year in Mangaung......

      alan.gernet - 2012-08-29 14:46

      Spot on.

      simphiwe.buthelezi.71 - 2012-08-29 15:13

      Des, there is some sense in some of the points you are raising. Land in traditional authority areas should be use productively. Yes women can make a difference, my mother supported me from primary schools until high school and beyond with money from the vegies she cultivated on her garden in a traditional area. We used to go out and sell after school and on weekends. I know this is an emotional issue as it touches on land, but now I'm talking to you as a living example of what women can achieve when using land properly. Your email is full of anger and you are mixing issues that don't mix. But Xingwana should have done this when she was still minister of Land Affairs, why is she only making noise now?

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-29 15:48

      @simphiwe.buthelezi.71 I do not think that I am mixing issues that do not mix, if I look holistically at how things are. Be this as it may, your mother empowered herself and is an example of someone who is/was prepared to work for what she wanted. (The extent of what she did achieve and under which circumstances, are probably another discussion, but sufficient to say you are the result and well done to her). Personally I do not care who, (by colour, gender or religion), the land belongs to, as long as those on it actually cultivate it and make a success of the business, without abusing tax money and jeopardising food security. You Ms by your admission 'used to go out and sell after school and on weekends.' That means your mother inculcated a sense of citizenship and social responsibility, which you accepted, allowing you to live an ethos of good citizenship, evident in your post. As for my anger.... Yes you are right. And I can vent it on N24 at these soulless, ungraceful, money grabbing at all costs, depraves, wallowing with their snouts in the gravy trough, while I through literal tears in my eyes, daily see, my once beautiful country being raped and polluted.....

      pieter0827006294 - 2012-08-29 15:56

      Simphiwe, I hear you and appreciate your experience with this. Xingwana does not encourage woman to do so with currently owned land/where people currently live(Where the majority will benefit). She hints at expropriation of land which will benefit a far smaller audience. She hopes to hereby recruit voters and is falsely making claims that land acquired in future will mostly be handed to females of all statures. Food security is of national importance. Growing veggies, like your mother will tell you, needs money and not only effort. Commercial farming is therefore still very necessary in order to keep 50 mil people alive.

  • okonkwo7 - 2012-08-29 14:42

    Let them take Constantia...

      bulelani.lamola - 2012-08-29 14:49

      Okonkwo... and then what? let it fall apart just like all the other farms in SA. Good one. Read Desilusionada's post above and get some sense in your head.

      pieter0827006294 - 2012-08-29 15:04

      and do what with Constantia hahaha

      okonkwo7 - 2012-08-29 15:16

      Or Rondebosch

      bulelani.lamola - 2012-08-29 15:35

      seriously... are you on tik or something? Do you want our country to go up in flames!?!?

      pieter0827006294 - 2012-08-29 15:41

      or Table mountain...

      bomb.technician.5 - 2012-08-30 08:16

      why doesn't anyone want the karoo? why does everyone want the "good" areas?

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      pieter0827006294 - 2012-08-29 15:01

      Yes couldn't believe she used all those words in the same sentence either lol!

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-08-29 14:58

    You are kidding right? Women will grow food for their immediate family they won't produce for the market. As soon as I think I've heard everything along comes another bucket of sh@t. ANC what are you doing? You are trying to win the vote and sacrificing the country.

      bulelani.lamola - 2012-08-29 15:11

      Bravo! The ANC shows once again it has no interest in building our country, it's just concerned about power.

      allan.keyzer - 2012-08-29 15:55

      ANC only knows about subservient farming - how will it help if everyone grows just enough crops for own use? In addition to land what about the other basics such as seed, water, gardening tools etc.

      bomb.technician.5 - 2012-08-30 08:23

      @Allan..... its the same as with everyone else that wants land. I think they are under the impression that one morning when you wake up, a river/dam, crops, implements, fencing, roads, trucks, irrigation pipes, livestock have just magically appeared and sprung up overnight. Then as if by magic, all the hard labour and work and actions happens by itself. The produce falls off the stems and helps themselves onto the trucks and the trucks drive themselves to the markets. These land grabbing thugs don't realize it takes work, investment, blood, sweat and tears, and commitment to farm.......having land doesn't mean your bank balance automatically increases by itself. In fact, it decreases more often than it increases.

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-08-29 15:01

    Mrs Xingwana the Woman's Month is coming to an end. We have heard enough of your empty rhetoric. Now crawl back to your hole until another August next year and do what you do best, sleep!

      johandebeer - 2012-08-29 16:32

      No racist temark this time Phumi?

      johandebeer - 2012-08-29 16:34


  • anthony.richardson.961 - 2012-08-29 15:03

    She's just trying to justify the existence of her ministry, doesn't seem to do anything for the "everyone but men" population of this country!

  • denis.dendrinos - 2012-08-29 15:16

    back to the past! *action DEavid Attenborough voice* And here in this quaint little setting me see bare breasted African woman tending their fields and crushing corn known locally as mielies. No, no this is not 1605, but rather 2012 after minister Lulu, saviour of the economy and champion of women, allocated vast tracts of productive agricultural land to these women so that they could be empowered against poverty what-what. Here we see the happy little children happy and fed with this amazing subsistence farming effort.....well these children anyway, which are the 10 or so off spring per family of the 17 families which now occupy this land. Else where there is not much more maize to go around......"

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