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Post-settlement support of land reform projects vital

The Portfolio Committee on Rural Development and Land Reform appreciates the quality of inputs received so far during the public hearings into the Communal Property Amendment (CPA) Bill [B12-2017]. The Committee has so far hosted four public hearings in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape in a planned nationwide programme of public hearings.

The Committee heard of the lack of post-settlement support that beneficiaries are experiencing that jeopardises the success of the land reform projects. Some of those challenges include the lack of training for beneficiaries that are new to the farming environment and the lack of water rights for new farmers.

“The Committee reiterates that there is a need to integrate and streamline the entire land reform process to ensure that beneficiaries are well equipped to make a success of newly acquired farms. The Committee has also urged the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform to work closely with the Department of Water and Sanitation and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to ensure that farms that are redistributed have water rights attached to them to enable immediate commencement of work,” said Ms Phumuzile Ngwenya-Mabila, the Chairperson of the Committee.

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