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Land-audit report second phase due for release in October

Phase two of the land-audit report is due to be processed by the Cabinet and released to the public by the end of October, says Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti.

The government needs a land audit to develop an accurate record of all public agricultural land and to assess the performance of its land-reform programme.

The first audit showed that about 14% of land was owned by the state and more than 79% was owned by individuals, companies and trusts.

“We have just concluded phase two [of the] land audit in terms of land ownership by race, gender and nationality, but still face further challenges as a result of the absence of information in respect of institutions such as trusts, private and public organisations and companies, as well as sectional title holdings,” he said.

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