District land committees take shape
According to the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, Gauteng could be the first province to establish a district land committee (DLC) as part of a country-wide programme aimed at decentralising land reform.
As fully inclusive fora, the DLCs are expected to facilitate the ‘more rapid transfer of agricultural land to black land reform beneficiaries, without diminishing private sector confidence in agri-business’. ‘White farmers and private companies’ will apparently be represented on each DLC, along with marginalised communities. Among other things, the new structures will be expected to reduce ‘corruption at … district level’.
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