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Economy, not politics, may decide land reform model

Author: Nan Smith

The government may be experiencing a growing sense of reality regarding the fact that real impediments to land reform were not necessarily the farmers. 

This was according to Dr Piet Croucamp, sheep farmer and political analyst at the University of Johannesburg. “Political interests will have to be calibrated with economic realities,” he said. The minister of land reform appeared to be repositioning, probably because he knew that there would be a plan on the table early next year, Dr Theo de Jager, farmer and chairperson of Agri SA’s transformation committee, said.

“The 50:50 proposal has been discarded, but there is a strong possibility that land ceilings will be declared,” De Jager said.

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