23 April 2019
The Presidential Expert Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture has been given more time to complete its final report.
The presidency confirmed this in a statement providing an update on the report’s status.
The Panel was originally expected to present its final report on 31 March 2019.
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 a statement issued in February 2019 following the second National Land Reform Colloquium, the Panel had 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.”
In the latest statement, the presidency confirmed that the Panel had requested an extension “citing among other things, the ‘overwhelming interest in engagements with the Panel via the Colloquia, Roundtables (last Roundtable with Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and other UN Agencies on 27 March 2019), and submissions’”.
The presidency confirmed that the Panel was currently finalizing its report for consideration by the IMC and the presidency.
Conflicting views, if unresolved, will be reflected in the report.