18 July 2019
The envisaged land reform programme will be pursued faster but within a constitutionally-defined framework.
The deputy president, David Mabuza, confirmed this during the Presidency Budget Vote in parliament.
He added that government hoped that parliament will “soon conclude the processes leading to the amendment of Section 25 of the Constitution to unambiguously set out provisions of how the expropriation of land without compensation will be undertaken”.
The deputy president clarified that the land reform programme will continue to focus on improving access to land for agriculture, economic development and sustainable human settlements.
The release of government-owned land will be prioritized to meet developmental objectives.
“In part, land restitution, redistribution and security of tenure, will not only address the negative legacy of dispossession, but unleash increased participation of new entrants to enhance our agricultural production.”
The deputy president also committed government to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of post-settlement support, work with established commercial farmers to utilize existing knowledge and expertise, prioritise the productive capacity of communal land and work with traditional leaders to ensure that farmers are supported to improve production.
The deputy president confirmed that the Land Reform Advisory Panel has completed its report which will be presented to cabinet for approval.
In terms of economic development, investment in the development and growth of township and rural economies will be prioritized.
“Targeted enterprise development will be an important lever for accelerated empowerment of small businesses to ensure that they participate meaningfully in market value chains across all the key sectors of our economy.”
Small businesses will be supported to “build their capacity to manufacture and supply construction materials to government infrastructure and human settlements projects”.
“We need to promote the supply of locally manufactured materials to build schools, health facilities, roads and houses to ensure local SMMEs in townships and rural areas benefit from the roll out of projects in their areas. In this way, we will be able to deal with excessive concentration and monopolies in the construction sector value chains”.