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We didn’t understand what the Group Areas Act meant. All we knew was that a certain sadness and uncertainty descended onto our house, our family and onto the community.
At its zenith, the Mount Carmel farm in northern Zimbabwe boasted 500 livestock and shipped its mangoes and lemons to Europe, a continent away.
If South Africa's water resources are poorly managed, it will not only be commercial farmers who will suffer - new farmers will then end up suffering the most, says an expert.
One of the many strengths of President Ramaphosa's land panel report is that it does not shy away from the corruption, patronage and nepotism that have often dogged post-apartheid land reform, writes Jeremy Cronin.
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 harvest of the Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform an Agriculture is finally ripe for public consumption, and the report it released provides several answers to pressing questions about land reform.
Two agriculture bodies weigh in on the report by the Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform.
Opposition MPs agreed that the restitution process should be concluded urgently and that land reform was a priority. However, they disagree on how this should be achieved.
Social pacts in agriculture, energy and mining, between business, labour and communities, will be crucial to lift market confidence, growth levels and industrial peace, writes William Gumede.
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.
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.
PwC Southern Africa CEO Shirley Machaba said policy uncertainty continues to be a concern for South Africa CEOs.
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.
There are still concerns about expropriation without compensation even if it takes place on a limited scale, says the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The drive towards expropriation without compensation has had a damaging impact already. President Ramaphosa’s investment envoys confirmed as much last year, writes Terence Corrigan.
Two South African agricultural groups are unhappy about a report on land reform that endorses the expropriation of land without compensation.
Where the state lacks the ability and will to enforce its laws, and surrenders authority to the strongman best placed to press a claim through force, a legitimate land reform programme becomes impossible, writes Terence Corrigan.
In post-apartheid South Africa there has been a tendency to misrecognise the global reality in which we find ourselves, writes Jeremy Cronin.
The land question should be finalised by the end of 2019 and all land must be in the custody of the state, EFF member of the NCOP Nkagisang Poppy Koni told President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday.
One way to create much-needed jobs in our economy potentially rests with equitable land reform combined with a venture capital investment initiative such as Section 12J, says Darryn Faulds.
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