SA doesn't want Zim land situation - Zokwana

Caledon - Government has not moved away from its policy on land reform, Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana said on Wednesday.

Farmers who are concerned about the effect of land reforms on their farms should realise that policy proposals presently on the table "are just to get the sector talking about the issue", he said in Caledon, Western Cape, at a launch event for next month's Agri Megaweek expo.


Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti's policy paper on land reform and restitution, finalised in February this year, has been met with alarm from many farmers.

The document 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.

"I have spoken my colleague Mr Gugile Nkwinti... and he has assured me that at this stage it is just a proposal," Zokwana said.

"Farmers who are worried about it must realise that we do not want a land situation similar to that of Zimbabwe. Those people who are talking about land reform without compensation are not talking from the point of view of the ANC government."

He said land reform was a pressing issue that should be addressed.

"The proposal is meant to bring all farmers centrally into discussion around the table. It is not a formal conclusion on the matter."

Agricultural sector

Agri Megaweek, held annually in Bredasdorp in the Overberg region of the Western Cape is considered the largest agricultural show in the province.

The theme of this year's show was "focus on Africa".

Zokwana welcomed the theme, as the Maputo Declaration on Agriculture and Food Security in Africa called for African governments to commit 10% of their annual budgets to the agriculture sector.

The government has called for the creation of one million jobs in the agricultural sector which could be achieved with a 10% allocation from the national budget.

Zokwana announced that he would be visiting India in two weeks' time.

India plays a central role along with Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa in the Brics partnership.

"I urge farmers to consider how the Brics regional bank can be of any use to them," Zokwana said.

"Government is opening up spaces and farmers need to think about how they will fill these spaces."

Richard Cypher 2014-08-21 07:32:03 AM
We should hope that some sanity will prevail. Zim is not necessarily a beacon of hope.
Terrylin Backpackers 2014-08-21 07:32:43 AM
Didn't Mugabe also say this in the beginning?
Zed Max 2014-08-21 07:33:05 AM
Either way this country is following it's predecessor!
Jamill Ahmed 2014-08-21 07:33:48 AM
This sounds like a indirect threat to me
Michael Kleber 2014-08-21 07:33:59 AM
But it worked so well in Zim , ask Julius he will tell you , Zim went from one of the biggest exporters of food in africa to the biggest exporter of poor unemployed people ?
TheJaydedKing 2014-08-21 07:39:35 AM
Its coming, no avoiding the result set of the promises now. Politicians have stirred this pot to long for nothing to happen.
Louis Cameron Cromhout 2014-08-21 07:39:54 AM
Wow you could of fooled me ANC...
Arthur Salvado 2014-08-21 07:42:11 AM
At this stage (?) it's just a proposal. Are you kidding ?
Kevern Upton 2014-08-21 07:42:14 AM
Why does it have to be the few remaining working farms?,why not redistribute the already failed "acquisitions", f.u.c.k with the remaining farms at your own food security peril, @sshol.e
Theo Bailey 2014-08-21 07:42:15 AM
Minister Senzeni Zokwana, there is no smoke without a fire, sorry we were not all born yesterday p