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DALRRD Shines Light on Release of Agricultural State Land

November 12, 2020

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

5 838 online applications on state land, including cooperatives/companies and individuals, have been received.

The agriculture, land reform and rural development minister, Thoko Didiza, confirmed this during a media briefing on progress on the release of agricultural state land.

The application process got underway on 15 October 2020 and will run until 15 November 2020.

The minister also pointed out that a number of physical applications have also been received and will be consolidated after the closing date.

The minister indicated that the land rights enquiry has commenced and a number of farm dwellers, farmers and communities have been met.

“The process will continue until such time that all State-owned land has been recorded and accounted for”, she said.

The land enquiry process is designed to “ascertain the status of such occupation and how such lands were given to these communities or individuals”.

It will enable the state to acquire a “record of which farm is occupied by whom and what activities are being undertaken in that particular State owned land”.

The minister emphasized that the main aim of the process is “not to destabilise farmers who have been farming and producing in farms in the past, but to put in place a State land administration and management system that ensure security of land tenure, stability and provide an opportunity for sustainable food security and economic growth”.

The minister also referred to the Expropriation Bill tabled in parliament in October 2020.

“This important Bill will ensure alignment with the Constitution as well as creating clear framework on how expropriation for public purpose and public interest will be undertaken,” she said.

The portfolio committee on public works and infrastructure recently referred the bill to the National House of Traditional Leaders for consideration.