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State tables amendments to act to provide more security for farm dwellers


THE government has tabled legislative amendments in Parliament, which it says are intended to provide greater security for tenants on farms and to clarify who has a right to stay on them.

The Extension of Security of Tenure Amendment Bill aims to address weaknesses in the act by tightening up the overly broad definition of “occupier”; to provide clarity over what constitutes “residence” on a farm; and to impose clear obligations on the provision of alternative accommodation for those who have been evicted.

“Despite the existing legislation on evictions, land rights protection and land access programmes, a significant proportion of the population, including occupiers, still face insecure tenure and other forms of land rights violations including evictions from their homes,” the memorandum to the bill states.

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