South Africa: State Plans Strict New Curbs On Land Rights

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Wyndham Hartley
25 March 2010

Johannesburg — Rural Development and Land Affairs Minister Gugile Nkwinti yesterday failed to put out the fires raging over suggestions that productive farmland could be nationalised, instead raising new fears with a proposal that appears to curb property rights.

Recently, the department’s director-general, Tozi Gwanya, caused a stir when he tabled in Parliament a strategic plan that proposed declaring all productive land a national asset, implying nationalisation. Critics, including farmers’ group AgriSA, argued the proposals were a smokescreen to hide the department’s bungled implementation of land reforms.

AgriSA and opposition parties have warned of a devastating effect on agricultural investment.

Yesterday, introducing his budget vote in [continue reading]

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