'Insurmountable' problems chasing away 'right-minded investors' - sabotage to SA’s land reform project

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It is estimated that between 70% and 90% of farms redistributed under South Africa's restitution project are no longer commercially productive.
It is estimated that between 70% and 90% of farms redistributed under South Africa's restitution project are no longer commercially productive.
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When the traditional community of Barokologadi ba ga Maotwe finally got its land in 2007, it had big plans.

The Tswana tribe, which was displaced, by apartheid laws, from its ancestral land in the North West, had been fighting for restitution since 1996.

But with a government ill-equipped to help land restitution beneficiaries find finance to work the land, endless bureaucratic delays and conflicts with people who had settled on the land, those grounds are largely lying fallow 14 years later.

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