POST Online Media Lite Edition


South Africa president announces milestone in land reform

Christian Fernsby |
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Monday that members of the public will be able to apply to lease 700,000 hectares of under-utilized or vacant state owned land in seven of the nine provinces in the country.

Article continues below


Ramaphosa hailed this as a major milestone in the agrarian reform process, which gives effect to the promise of the Freedom Charter that the land shall be shared among those who work it.

Given South Africa's history, broadening access to agricultural land for commercial production and subsistence farming is a national priority, Ramaphosa said in his weekly presidential newsletter.

As agricultural land is the mainstay of the natural resource base, the availability and sustainable use of farmland to grow crops and for animal husbandry is key to the nation's survival, he said.

South Africa has vast tracts of land suitable for agricultural production, with 37.9 percent of its total land area currently being used for commercial agriculture.

Although the post-apartheid land reform process has resulted in more land being restored and restituted to black South Africans, the pernicious effects of the 1913 Natives Land Act continues to be in patterns of farmland ownership.

That act went far beyond dispossessing millions of people of their ancestral land, depriving the indigenous people of their right to own and work the land on which they depended for sustenance and livelihood, Ramaphosa said.

This great injustice of the act effectively "engineered the poverty of black South Africans," he said.

"Its aim was to destroy our people's prospects for self-reliance, independence and economic prosperity. At the most fundamental of levels, it destroyed our ability to feed ourselves," the president said.

Like many other countries, South Africa's arable land is under threat from land degradation, water scarcity and urban encroachment. Prime agricultural land is also being lost through land-use changes.

Transforming patterns of agricultural land ownership is vital not just to address the historical injustices of the past, but is necessary to safeguard the nation's food security, Ramaphosa said.

The 2019 report of the Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture noted that while the country does exports food, 41 percent of people in rural areas and 59.4 percent in urban areas have severely inadequate access to food.

Agrarian reform has been a priority of successive administrations since democracy, said the president, noting that between 1994 and 2018 the state delivered 8.4 million hectares of land to previously disadvantaged individuals under the land reform program. This progress amounts to less than 10 percent of all commercial farmland.

In his State of the Nation Address early this year, Ramaphosa committed that state-owned agricultural land would soon be released for farming.

This redistributive vision aims to strike a balance between social justice and redress, and to enhance agricultural output by bringing more black farmers into the mainstream of the economy, Ramaphosa said on Monday.

"Land is a productive asset that generates profit and can be used for collateral to secure other assets," he noted.

South Africa must ensure that land acquired for farming purposes is productively used, the president said.

To safeguard the allocated state land for farming purposes, the lease is not transferrable, and beneficiaries will sign a lease agreement with the state and pay a rental fee consistent with the land value, according to Ramaphosa.

He said farmers must be supported along the road to sustainability and profitability.

As part of this program, beneficiaries will be trained in financial management and enterprise development, Ramaphosa said.

Experience has shown that emerging and small-scale farmers often lack the financial skills to exploit market opportunities and to integrate with value chains, he said.

Women, youth and persons with disabilities are being prioritized as beneficiaries, Ramaphosa said.

Broadening access to land and opportunities for farming will support job creation and enterprise development, and improve the market for food, agricultural goods and services, he said.

The ultimate goal of releasing these land parcels is to transform the agricultural landscape by growing a new generation of farmers, Ramaphosa said.

What to read next

Kenya launches digital land registry to boost revenues
EU in search of new African markets
Scottish action plan for one million acre target by 2020

From the beginning of 2023, over 66 000 tons of grain products shipped from Krasnoyarsk Territory

Over 66 thousand tons of grain products and products of its processing were shipped from the Russian territory of the Krasnoyarsk Territory as part of export deliveries.


Inflation changing consumer priorities in UAE
Earthquake in Afghanistan kills at least 11, nine of them in Pakistan
Governor Newsom releases master plan for tackling fentanyl and opioid crisis
ZEB Metals relocating, establishing first South Carolina operations in Berkeley County


Biden orders release of intelligence on potential links between COVID and Wuhan lab

U.S.: Strong storm for west and southwest, heavy snow for Northern Plains and upper midwest
Magnitude 5.9 earthquake strikes Valparaiso
Extensive raid underway in Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina on suspicion of money laundering
Strong earthquake hits Afghanistan, felt from Kabul to Tajikistan
5-day quarantine for COVID-19 patients in Slovakia no longer mandatory


Michigan: 150 new good-paying jobs coming to Kalamazoo, Auburn Hills, Owosso

Generic pharmaceuticals market expected to reach $682.9 billion
Drug discovery services market worth $41.3 billion
Moldova resumes using Russian gas
Ukraine to ship 30,000 tonnes of wheat to Yemen, Ethiopia each
Syria earthquakes caused $5.2 billion in damage, 5.5% GDP contraction

Trending Now

Timothy Boring new director of Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Biden orders release of intelligence on potential links between COVID and Wuhan lab

Michigan: 150 new good-paying jobs coming to Kalamazoo, Auburn Hills, Owosso

Illinois counties lead nation for corn and soybean production in 2022


Moscow to maintain 500,000 bpd oil output cut to end June

IMF raises reservations on petroleum subsidy scheme in Pakistan
Xi, Putin discuss ramping up supplies of Russian gas
California Governor visits Lithium Valley
Czech delegation heads to Taiwan, hopes for chip investments
India to spend $12 billion on airports

Today We Recommend

Shortage of nurses should be treated as global health emergency


Generic pharmaceuticals market expected to reach $682.9 billion

Drug discovery services market worth $41.3 billion

Foot Locker Q4 income decreased


Big Fish Games to establish New Orleans talent hub, will hire

Perrigo recalls Gerber Good instant formula in U.S.
Schneider Electric breaks ground on its fifth plant in Hungary, will create hundreds of new jobs
Amazon to lay off 9,000 more employees
Volvo to close Europe bus body plant
CF Industries to purchase Waggaman ammonia production facility in U.S.


Vanda Pharmaceuticals appoints Tage Honoré to board

Akhona Qengqe to become KFC Africa’s new general manager
Marlabs appoints Usha Jamadagni as chief delivery officer
Rolls-Royce announces new leadership for Africa
AIG director William G. Jurgensen to retire
Ball Corporation promotes Daniel W. Fisher to chairman


Forecast shows Colorado’s strong economy to continue growing faster than nation

BiH records almost seven percent increase of exports
Hong Kong exports decreased
South Korea's export falls 17.4 pct for first 20 days of March
Bundesbank: German economy to contract further in Q1
Euro area international trade in goods deficit €30.6 bn


Foot Locker Q4 income decreased

FedEx Q3 profit decreases
Revlon Q4 sales $589.8 million
Eastman Kodak Q4 revenues $305 million
Williams-Sonoma Q4 revenue declined 0.6%
G-III Apparel Q3 sales increased 14.2%


Micromanaging is the worst enemy of efficiency and teamwork

Niger set to monetize massive gas reserves through Saharan natural gas pipeline
Putting the brakes on EV folly that choked the market
Oil discovery in Kavango Basin may mean huge benefits for Namibians
Cape Town and Dubai battle over Africa's energy future
Is America going to lose its superpower status?


Timothy Boring new director of Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Illinois counties lead nation for corn and soybean production in 2022
City of Chicago announces Community Growers Program
Türkiye's agricultural sector suffers 1.3 bln loss due to earthquake
Hong Kong suspends import of poultry meat and products from Gribskov Municipality, Denmark
South Korea reports African swine fever case


Success of working from home depends on company health

Consumers less likely to support brands with unconventional spellings
HR practices have both positive and negative effects on employee mental health
CEO education is no guarantee of stock market success
How remote work affects managers
Incoming CEO's political views may drive director departure in firm


Poland: UOKIK fines Merida Polska $573,000

SEC charges DXC Technology for misleading non-GAAP disclosures
Investigation leads to takedown of darknet cryptocurrency mixer that processed over $3b of unlawful transactions
Chicago reaches $23.8m settlement agreement with e-cigarette maker Juul Labs
SEC charges Blackbaud for misleading disclosures about ransomware attack that impacted charitable donors
Former Goldman Sachs investment banker sentenced in $2.7b bribery and money laundering scheme



Five day street food festival in Mangaluru brings Indian food to city

Qatar International Food Festival is back
Me Auld Flower food and drink festival coming to Dublin for St Patrick's Day weekend
Ten days of Winter Festival, a time travel back to end of 18th century Norway
Strong Beer Fest in Munich invites visitors to taste potent brews
Food world gathers for Melbourne Food and Wine Festival this March


First GMC Sierra EV, power source on wheels

Ford Puma ST Powershift, most powerful 1.0‑litre EcoBoost engine
Toyota launches new Prius PHEV in Japan
Ariel Atom, serious motor sport or ultimate fun
ABT XNH, camper for those who want to expand their horizons
Lamborghini Invencible and Autentica, farewell to V12


Juliska tableware, collections for every occasion

Wool coats, a timeless fashion investment
Venetto bedding, creating a beautiful bedroom space
Bed headboards, sleep like a king
Great rugs for generations responsibly made
Curved sofas, elegant and gentle


New Cherry microphones for professional sound quality

Mobile Fidelity UltraDeck turntable, extreme pursuit of highest level of reproduction
Nokia G22, good smartphone you can fix yourself
NAD C 3050 LE amplifier, a classic reinvented
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED, ultralighta and powerful laptop with OLED display
Dynaudio Confidence means pure performance


Shortage of nurses should be treated as global health emergency

WHO accuses China Of withholding data on COVID-19 origins after report about raccoon dogs
Wyoming first U.S. state to outlaw abortion pills
Tanzania launches investigations as strange disease kills 5 people
WHO sees COVID posing similar threat to flu this year
New VEXAS syndrome identified in Portugal


New findings released from world's most powerful solar telescope

French court orders fishing bans to protect dolphins
Missouri ordered to reduce pollution levels
Brazilian researchers discover terrifying rocks made up of plastic debris
Glacier found near Mars equator
Neolithic farmers reduced lactose in milk