Cas Coovadia: We all want land reform. Let’s make it work
There is little doubt that land reform is one the most pressing issues facing our country. From the pronouncements of politicians to government policy to social media commentary, everyone is talking about land. And with good reason.
It impacts directly on a critical sector of our economy which employs some 850 000, contributes about 2.5% to the country’s GDP as well as towards food security.
South Africa remains saddled with massive inequity inherited from centuries of colonialism and apartheid exploitation. We cannot continue with a situation where some 70% of productive farmland in the country is owned by the minority white population. The frustration and anger of the landless is clear, not to mention the poverty, unemployment and hopelessness of the rural dispossessed. A workable land reform solution must be found.
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