Meeting assesses land reform implementation progress

August 19th, 2019, Published in Articles: PositionIT

Deputy President David Mabuza has met with the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Land Reform to track government’s progress in the implementation of the Land Reform programme. The meeting, which took place on 15 August 2019 was chaired by Mabuza and is the second IMC meeting on land reform for the sixth administration. The IMC provides political oversight on the implementation of measures aimed at accelerating the process on land reform in South Africa.

Key amongst issues discussed at the meeting was government’s response to the Presidential Advisory Panel Report on Land Reform; the Draft National Spatial Development Framework; the Integrated Plan for the release and strategic utilisation of government-owned land; the status of land claims; and the integrated model for farmer support.

Following the Presidential Advisory Panel Report on Land Reform presented to cabinet last month, the committee emphasised that government departments must move with speed and analyse the recommendations contained in the report. Mabuza urged the IMC to ensure that its work is implemented speedily.

It is for this reason that this IMC convened to jointly assess progress and consider ways to speed up the process. The IMC also received a report on progress made in the development of the National Spatial Development Framework, which outlines the country’s spatial direction towards the sustainable social, economic development of South Africa, whilst ensuring environmental protection.

Said the Presidency: “The meeting commended the direction taken by the lead department in addressing uncoordinated development and investment that is not having the desired spatial planning outcomes. The meeting further noted the progress that has been made in the identification of state land that is ready for release in accordance with the president’s announcement in the State of the Nation Address”.

On the identification of state land, the IMC noted the speedy response by the department of Public Works and Infrastructure in releasing 100 parcels of land for land restitution purposes. According to the committee, the remaining parcels of land are at the stage where land use studies are being finalised, and this includes land identified for human settlements. The IMC will make a report to cabinet in this regard.

The IMC also took stock of progress made in the development of the integrated model for farmer support, to accelerate sustainable agrarian transformation, provision of food security and support small holder farmer development through the provision of technical, financial and infrastructure support.

The meeting also took note of and adopted the road-map for the development of the Land Court Bill as well as the roadmap for the finalisation of the expropriation bill.

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