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Critics want land scheme review

Author: Linda Ensor

The  concentration of all government financial support for rural development in a single recapitalisation programme meant that farmers who fell outside of it were getting no help, MPs were told on Thursday.  Critics of the programme, which cost the state R3.5bn between November 2009 and January this year, have urged that it be fundamentally redesigned or scrapped altogether. 

The recapitalisation programme was adopted by the government in 2009 to assist land reform farms that had failed, largely because of the lack of adequate post-settlement support. But it had become the sole form of assistance, Ruth Hall of the University of the Western Cape’s Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies said during public hearings on the programme organised by Parliament’s portfolio committee on rural development and land reform.

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