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Comment Sought on Canned and Pickled Vegetables Regulations

July 21, 2020

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Revised Regulations Regarding the Grading, Packing and Marking of Canned and Pickled Vegetables Intended for Sale in South Africa have been published for comment.

The agriculture, land reform and rural development department published the revised regulations in Government Gazette 43528.

They were drawn up in terms of the Agricultural Product Standards Act.
Comment is invited within 30 days of the date of publication.

Meanwhile, in Board Notice 84, the Wine and Spirit Board announced that Boekenhoutskloof Winery (Pty) Ltd has applied to define Porseleinberg (Ward) as a production area to produce Wine of Origin.

Objections are invited within 30 days of the date of publication.

In a separate matter, the department recently updated parliament on the implementation of the Constitutional Court Ruling regarding the settlement of Labour Tenants’ claims.

In a briefing, the department indicated that, in 2009, there was a policy shift towards land development and state acquisition of land and, consequently, grant-based sub-programmes were abolished.

“This led to a collapse of the labour tenants programme between 2010 and 2015. A class action was brought to compel the Department to process the remaining labour tenant applications, which ended at the Constitutional Court.”

The Constitutional Court ordered the Special Master to prepare, in collaboration with the department, and submit to court by 31 March 2020, an Implementation Plan for the settlement of the labour tenant applications by the department, under supervision of the Special Master.

The department pointed out that the Special Master submitted to the Land Claims Court an Implementation Plan for the settlement of labour tenant applications on 29 May 2020.

The department objected to certain parts of the Implementation Plan and the Land Claims Court ordered that a new Implementation Plan be developed by the Special Master in collaboration with the department.

A hearing to consider the new Implementation Plan will take place on 24 August 2020.