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South African Economic slowdown could affect land reforms

A plan to reform South Africa’s current land ownership structure is being reconsidered by the government, in a bid to find a bigger consensus that will encourage greater participation by black commercial farmers. Under the draft of the Relative Land Rights legislation proposed in June 2014 by rural development and land reform minister Gugile Nkwinti, commercial farmers would have been obliged to hand over 50% of their land to their workers, with the state to compensate the owner of the land. The proposal had sought to re-establish black commercial farmers who were rooted out by 1913 Native Land Act and other apartheid regimes. 

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