Govt to implement ANC's land decisions

Johannesburg - Land reform resolutions adopted in the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung in 2012 will be implemented, Minister Gugile Nkwinti said on Thursday.

"We are here because we are saying to South Africans, these are the resolutions we are implementing now."

He was speaking at the start of a three-day national land tenure summit in Boksburg, on the East Rand.

"On Saturday when we [leave] here, we want to say we are moving closer to implementing the resolutions adopted in Mangaung 2012.

"We are consulting with you. If you have anything you want to amend, amend it."

He said land reform was a serious matter and South Africans needed to find a way of sharing it equitably and fairly.

"You can't not mediate the question of land redistribution. You cannot leave it to the markets. This is the mediation."

Nkwinti asked all parties at the summit to discuss the proposed policies and voice their opinions by Saturday, before the department finalised the policies for implementation.

In its policy document the African National Congress proposes that farm labourers assume ownership of half the land on which they are employed.

This would be "proportional to their contribution to the development of the land, based on the number of years they had worked on the land".

The "historical owner" of the farm "automatically retains" the other half.

According to the policy proposals, tabled by Nkwinti, with a deadline for feedback of April next year, government would pay for the 50% to be shared by workers.

This money would not be paid to the farm owner, but go into an investment and development fund, to be jointly owned by the parties constituting the new ownership regime.

On Thursday, Nkwinti told reporters farmers would need to be rewarded for the contribution they had made to the land.

Workers would have to be trained on how to manage the farms and keep them profitable under their own administration, as they already knew how to take care of the land.

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Brenden Engelbrecht 2014/09/04 09:15:07 PM
They can't honestly be going ahead with this. Imagine having to give half of your business to your workers, just because :\
James jonas 2014/09/04 09:17:26 PM
viva ANC people shall share in the wealth of the country. I have been looking for a farm in freestate and I couldnt afford one. it was expensive. thanks ANC at last. white people owns dams, mountains , rivers and us( he who feeds you owns you). create a black market where we will sell our products cheap. cheap meat, cheaper maize. so that our people can buy at less price.
Lebohang Molefe 2014/09/04 09:27:22 PM
The ANC does a lot of wrongs, but it also does a lot of right things just like this one. Bravo! You are indeed a party for the people.
Robert Rob 2014/09/04 09:30:36 PM
Hi Zim - stand aside. We'll show you how a country can really fail.
Kevin Marsh 2014/09/04 09:31:33 PM
Stealing other people's land. The ANC seems to be without morals . Leave other people's land alone . If I was a farmer I would poison the ground and destroy any improvements .
Kevin Marsh 2014/09/04 09:33:27 PM
Heh heh . 49 billion rand of bonds on farms . Is the dumb ANC going to bankrupt all our banks . Come on farmers , bond your farms and sit back and laugh at the want to be thieves .
Lebohang Molefe 2014/09/04 09:41:11 PM
Finally after such a long time I will be a beneficiary of my father's hard earned land and sweat. I was told that my father really worked hard. The heavens are smiling down at my family. i can eve quit this job and go become a full time farmer.
Erns Kleynhans 2014/09/04 09:42:08 PM
This is exactly what 'they' want. Topple the currency, create hunger, create war... the latter the easiest way to enslave a country. Unfortunately most (blacks included) is way too un/misinformed to understand this as it plays out in the greater scheme of things. ANC supporters are fooled to their toes as they sheepishly follow their 'leaders' out of sheer patriotism leading them (and us) into a bigger kind of slavery. Take it... or leave it.
SvH 2014/09/04 09:52:42 PM
The theory is recommendable but on the practical side it will be nearly impossible to accomplish. A livestock farm for instance needs to be a certain size to be sustainable (ever heard of overgrazing without rotating ??). It can't just be cut up like pizza + work!
Matthew Patrick 2014/09/05 02:43:13 AM
Once again the government is trying to cater to what the people want, and not what is beneficial for the country.