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Amending the Constitution to allow land expropriation without compensation remains a priority of the current administration, Deputy President David Mabuza has told the National Assembly.
As the government drives towards a policy of expropriation without compensation, there is no evidence that it intends anything other than expanding its own power over people's assets as illustrated by the David Rakgase case, writes Terence Corrigan.
The sixth Parliament's process to amend Section 25 of the Constitution to allow expropriation without compensation has got off to a false start.
The department of public works is ready to hand over 100 plots "identified for restitution purposes", says, says pubic works minister Patricia de Lille, but it is still waiting for supporting documents from the agriculture department.
Although many opponents of expropriation of land without compensation equates this with nationalisation, and the EFF's policy is that land should be nationalised, the Constitution currently does not provide for this, one of the members of the presidential panel of experts on land reform and agriculture, Bulelwa Mabasa explained.
President Cyril Ramaphosa faces a perfect storm of factors requiring him to make some tough decisions, says Terence Corrigan.
South Africans who want genuine reform have a critical task to perform in the coming poll. They must act to prevent an ANC/EFF two-thirds majority in Parliament, writes Anthea Jeffery.
AgriSA says it plans to discuss a list of farms published by a top ANC official in the Northern Cape during its meeting with Deputy Secretary of State of the United States, John J Sullivan.
Once the Expropriation Bill and the constitutional amendment have been adopted, the state could enact a National Land Act which vests all land in state custodianship, writes Anthea Jeffery.
The expropriation without compensation process as it relates to land is in part an attempt to dilute property rights, allowing the government to seize or extract wealth wherever it is found, writes Frans Cronje.
Racial edicts in the form of the current empowerment regime have been presented as a non-negotiable by President Ramaphosa. This despite some clearly expressed concerns by investors, writes Terence Corrigan.
The Ad Hoc committee tasked with the amendment of Section 25 of the Constitution to allow expropriation without compensation, is expected to hold a workshop with "various experts on the question of land and amending the Constitution".
People should avoid making decisions based on individual policy elements in South Africa, resulting in rash changes to their investment portfolios, according to Herman Van Papendorp, head of investment research and asset allocation at Momentum Investments.
President Cyril Ramaphosa's Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture has serious concerns about group farming models, and says South Africa has proven that individual ownership of land – or at least secure long-term leases – make for agricultural growth.
The ANC finds itself in the position where much of what it wanted to cover up by blaming the willing seller principle, and calling for expropriation without compensation, has already been exposed, writes Theo de Jager.
Fundamentally, the hard work for the president will only begin after he wins the election. And much of that work will be within his own party, says Daniel Silke.
Talking to individual farmers gave Wandile Sihlobo hope for the SA agricultural industry.
A new agricultural organisation called the Southern African Agriculture Initiative has been launched, with an apparent attempt to counter AgriSA, the largest representative organisation for farmers in the country.
The ANC election manifesto is like the biriyani of political documents writes Ferial Haffajee - a mix of many things.
A state that can struggle to distribute drivers' licences, or to maintain roads and water systems is hardly an ideal candidate to reconfigure society, and judiciously manage the property rights of its citizens, writes Terence Corrigan.
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