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The Constitutional Court has confirmed Section 1 of the Land Affairs General Amendment Act and Section 25A of the Upgrading Act was inconsistent with the Constitution and invalid.
A legal battle may be looming over plans by South Africa’s ruling party to change the Constitution to make it easier to expropriate land without paying for it, with widely divergent views over the process that needs to be followed.
Any land redistribution policy that is implemented going forward requires a coordinated response by the private sector and government to support emerging black farmers. Otherwise, it will fail. Again.
Opinion polls done from 2015 to 2017 have repeatedly shown that the great majority of black South Africans have little interest in land reform, writes Anthea Jeffery.
The ANC's policy decision on land expropriation without compensation could result in four possible outcomes, say researchers at the Agricultural Business Chamber.
Issues around land reform are often driven by sentiment rather than looking at the hard economic and political realities that would ensue should policy be made on the grounds of populist emotion alone, writes Frans Cronje.
Despite the persistent problem of failing land reform projects, Cas Coovadia believes there is a solution.
This week saw two prominent economic leaders warning against calls to seize land, saying it would not lead to economic transformation and requires more nuanced planning.
The ANC will accelerate the transfer of land to the black majority to help reduce inequality and avert future protests, says spokesperson Zizi Kodwa.
New study reveals major flaws in government’s redistribution programme
There are signs of growing impatience, with government coming under considerable pressure to successfully deliver on its land reform initiative, says Minister in the Presidency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
Private farms is where the fight will be, but urban land – especially abandoned buildings and parcels owned by state companies – will probably be the first to be expropriated. And land next to informal settlements is likely to be a fruit ripe for the political picking.
Nobody will become rich overnight, despite Julius Malema and Jacob Zuma’s populist promises. Land itself is not as important as what one does with it, writes Max du Preez.
South Africa's progressive political parties validated President Ramaphosa's new dawn vision by voting for land expropriation without compensation, writes Mathole Motshekga.
Mosioua Patrick "Terror" Lekota is a dyed-in-the-wool democrat, a true patriot with cleaner hands than probably all those who had tried to belittle him yesterday, writes Max du Preez.
Ramaphosa has also said he would like a study of farms that have been reclaimed or redistributed since 1994.
There is little doubt that land reform is one the most pressing issues facing our country. From the pronouncements of politicians to government policy to social media commentary, everyone is talking about land.
Outgoing National Treasury director general Lungisa Fuzile offers insights into rating agencies, land transformation, nuclear energy and radical economic transformation.
President Jacob Zuma has reiterated that weaknesses in the willing-buyer-willing-seller principle delay land reforms, and says restitution without compensation is under way.
Populists are playing a dangerous game when they declare that landlessness is the root of all black poverty. Even rapid and successful but orderly land transformation won’t satisfy many militants and the fires will still be stoked, writes Max du Preez.
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