Govt Releases South African Land Under Distribution Programme
Deputy President David Mabuza has said 436,563 hectares of land have been released as of May 13, 2021 and approved for allocation, under the land distribution programme. The release of the land is part of the 700,000 hectares announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his February 2020 State of the Nation Address.
Mabuza added that government will be releasing state-owned land to address development pressures around urban and rural human settlements, agricultural production, and industrial development. This comes after Ekurhuleni residents informed the Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure that the expropriation of land will effectively reduce poverty, curb the spread of diseases like Covid-19 and prevent dangerous fires in informal settlements.
Hearings on South Africa's proposed expropriation bill have been moved to the province of Gauteng following successful hearings in Limpopo, the North West and Mpumalanga. Committee chairperson, Nolitha Ntobongwana, has expressed her satisfaction with the quality of inputs the committee received from the provinces it has reached. "All the views expressed by citizens will be considered after the committee has reached all the provinces," Ntobongwana said.
The Expropriation Bill seeks to provide for the expropriation of property for public purposes or in the public interest and provide for certain instances where expropriation without compensation may be appropriate.
436,563 Hectares Released Under Land Distribution Programme
SAnews.gov.za, 13 May 2021
Deputy President David Mabuza says 436 563 hectares of land have to date been released and approved for allocation, under the land distribution programme. Read more »
Ekurhuleni Residents Tell Committee On Public Works That Expropriation of Land Will Reduce Informal Settlements
Parliament of South Africa, 10 May 2021
Ekurhuleni residents have informed the Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure that the expropriation of land will effectively reduce poverty, curb the spread of… Read more »
Expropriation Bill Public Hearings Move to Gauteng
SAnews.gov.za, 6 May 2021
Following successful hearings in Limpopo, the North West and Mpumalanga, the public hearings on the Expropriation Bill have now kicked-off in Gauteng. Read more »
Govt Buys Farm in Ventersdorp for Evicted Farm Workers
GroundUp, 13 May 2021
Families evicted from the Blesbokfontein Farm in Ventersdorp, North West, two months ago, have been living in two municipal halls. Read more »
IMC On Land Reform Meets
SAnews.gov.za, 10 May 2021
Deputy President David Mabuza, in his capacity as the Chairperson of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Land Reform, has convened a meeting of the IMC. Read more »
The South African government recently announced a plan to allocate 700,000 hectares of state land to black farmers. Exactly how many farms and beneficiaries this will involve is ... Read more »
The bill, which is set to replace the Expropriation Act of 1975 that is inconsistent with the Constitution, was gazetted on October 9 2020. According to the Inter-Ministerial ... Read more »