Nkwinti sets land reform deadline

2011-06-07 19:05

Cape Town - All land reform farms should be "100%" productive and sustainable within the next three years, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said on Tuesday.

In an effort to achieve this, the department had set aside R3.3bn for land reform, excluding its restitution programme, Nkwinti said during debate on his budget vote speech in the National Assembly.

Of this amount, R2bn had been set aside for "strategic acquisition" of about 303 612 hectares.

About R1.3bn had been set aside to ensure all land reform farms were fully functional and "100%" productive, through a recapitalisation and development programme.

His assurance came a month after he called for partners to help turn around 852 land reform projects at risk of collapse. The farms had been advertised for expressions of interest by either mentors or strategic partners who wanted to make them commercially viable and productive.

He said his department had not been successful in ensuring all 2.9 million hectares of land given to beneficiaries remained productive. The department had therefore been forced to introduce its recapitalisation programme.


Addressing MPs on Tuesday, he said the programme was thus far proving to be fruitful.

One observation, particularly from some commercial farmers, was that the department's method of selecting strategic partners, especially as mentors, needed to be reviewed.

"They hold that in certain instances strategic partners chosen by the department are failed farmers."

Another criticism, from emerging farmers, was that the department's selection of beneficiaries of redistributed land was not helping create food security.

They complained land was often given to people who had no interest in, or ability and passion for farming.

Nkwinti said both criticisms were valid. The two groups had asked to be part of the selection processes, which the department had agreed to.

Meanwhile, Nkwinti said only R2bn had been made available for land restitution this financial year. This meant this programme would not be concluded within the next few years.

"This realisation has forced the department to reconsider its strategy. It has got to actively engage with all stakeholders, current land owners and claimants, to work out a mechanism which could ease the pressure in this regard."

  • Hannah - 2011-06-07 19:17

    Here we go we are going to have to import our food after this project...

      Smaal - 2011-06-07 19:29

      Uhm... we are already importing...

      Smaal - 2011-06-07 19:29

      Uhm... we are already importing...

      James Weather - 2011-06-08 09:57

      Its a shame !!! let bankers be bankers and farmers be farmers !!! You not putting uneducated people in of the banking sector... because = it would collapse. Same thing with farming, except farming you playing with peoples lives = no food no live!

  • Francois - 2011-06-07 19:23

    Nkwinti, what is going to happen if the farms are not productive? If you do not state this, it is just an empty promise to get your vote pass your cronies. Sound off like you got a pair or did have to trade them in along with Sbu's when you became ministers? Nkosazana, the above do not apply to you.

  • willvp - 2011-06-07 19:27

    legal looting

  • whatashame - 2011-06-07 19:28

    hahahahahaha. heard this before too. Another R1.3 billion to disappear with nothing to show for it.

  • Smaal - 2011-06-07 19:28

    “We don’t know what we are doing... what do we do? ... what do we do? ... I know... throw more money at it, call it recapitalization and call it fruitful!” What do you expect when land reform is only an excuse to give free money to a certain segment of the population?

  • cliffarc - 2011-06-07 19:30

    - The 'mentors and partners' that he is calling for , are the very people that Malema wants to shoot !

  • The All Seeing Eye - 2011-06-07 19:31

    Unless my maths is worng thats just under R7000 per hectare. Thats a bargain

  • Valis - 2011-06-07 19:31

    Throwing good money after bad :(

  • william.botha - 2011-06-07 19:51

    Whats the difference between then and now? It failed then, why? And it will fail again.

      jbjoe - 2011-06-07 21:58

      but this time they will make sure the books are doctored CORRECTLY!

  • freedom - 2011-06-07 19:59

    Yea go ahead f%$# it up good and solid! Someone with some grey matter between the ears will rise once again and rebuild this lovely country.

  • Bill - 2011-06-07 23:36

    Another mission impossible...When will you clowns learn! - 2011-06-08 09:56

      They cannot. Learning requires brains.

  • - 2011-06-08 09:55

    After how many years of them fcking it up in any case? After 3 years will you give it back to the white farmers who can actually farm? How much will the government then spend to make the farms livable and farmable again? Just have a look at the conditions of the farms that was given to this useless lot. The houses have been broken down. The farm land is overgrown with weeds etc. You want everything but you cannot sustain anything.

  • Pigmalion - 2011-06-08 10:18

    If these idiots just let the farmers farm and spent the R3.3bn on housing, education, services etc etc. You can't teach someone something when its their right to just get, get, get.

  • Boer-Nation - 2011-06-08 11:35

    This programme was never about having productive farms or giving black guys farms (vacant municipal land is in abundance for this purpose) - it was only ever about marginalising and disenfranchising the white farmer - an utterly racist policy in any sane persons eyes!!! Just because you are of a certain colour skin does not make you a farmer – thinking it does, makes you a racist… this goes both ways!!!

  • Zebelon - 2011-06-08 17:57

    Pie in the sky. Not with so much rampant spending as evidenced by the mayorial(ANC) car hire at madibeng, a hire costing more than R20 000 per day, apart from charges for distance travelled. Nkwinti is making awild speculation just to please, as is the tendency of the high echelons in government. Watch this space.

  • Zebelon - 2011-06-08 18:06

    Needless to say, Nkwinti has never been a farmer. Let those in the know(farmers) tell us about future prospects. There has been dismal failer at many of the farming projects wherein emerging farmers were given financial assistance by government in the past few years. There has also been evidence of fraud and theft galore. Let us keep away from lies.

  • Zebelon - 2011-06-08 18:11

    People who made land claims more than 5 years ago in the Eastern Cape are still expecting some reaction from government. There is on hope for the people, and now they are given these empty promises.

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