Put controversial land bill on hold, urges union

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Cape Town – Trade union Solidarity on Thursday urged government to put the controversial Agricultural Land Holdings Bill on hold until a more rigorous and transparent analysis has been conducted and subjected to public scrutiny.

Gerhard van Onselen, an economics researcher at Solidarity, said the union recommends that the bill be put on hold until a more rigorous and transparent socioeconomic cost-benefit analysis has been conducted and subjected to public scrutiny. 

“What complicates the matter further is that the exact economic impact is difficult to determine when the exact nature of the ceilings is uncertain,” Van Onselen said. 
  
“It is important to consider agriculture’s direct and indirect impact on the economy. Commercial agriculture remains a significant employer and plays an important role in exports, and consequently in South Africa’s trade balance. 

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