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Advisory Panel on Land Reform Finalising Report

February 27, 2019

The Presidency

The Presidential Expert Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture will present its final report to President Ramaphosa on 31 March 2019.

The presidency announced this in a statement following the second National Land Reform Colloquium held in Pretoria last week.

The Advisory Panel was set up in September 2018 to support the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Land Reform.

In an earlier statement, the presidency indicated that the Panel will “advise the IMC on a broad range of policy matters associated with land reform, including restitution, redistribution, tenure security and agricultural support”.

According to the latest statement, the Panel has, over the last five months, engaged in consultations with stakeholders including the first Colloquium held in December, conducted research and organized roundtables on topics including rural and urban tenure models, climate change, women’s land rights, land administration and financial services.

Proposals on policy and institutional arrangements to facilitate land reform in South Africa were discussed at the second Colloquium.

One proposal is for a new Land Redistribution Bill to assist with land demand, beneficiary selection and acquisition of land by the state, including expropriation and compensation.

The private sector’s role in land identification and acquisition was emphasized.

“This proposal refers to land donations, a land reform depository and a land reform fund in order to expedite access to land.”