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Land is country’s national asset, to stay in SA hands

Author: Kevin Meineke

THE NATIONAL Development Plan (NDP) is a plan for the country to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030 through uniting South Africans, unleashing the energies of its citizens, growing an inclusive economy, building capabilities, enhancing the capability of the state and leaders working together to solve complex problems.” (As it appears on the government website). 

One of the milestones outlined by the NDP is to broaden ownership of assets to historically disadvantaged groups. Most of the historically disadvantaged groups in our country happen to be black people, previously dispossessed of their essential asset – land. The dispossession of land brought about inequalities in a number of areas, including the right to ownership of land. 

With the newly introduced bills such as the Land Tenure Security Bill and legislatures like the Land Holdings Bill from Minister Gugile Nkwinti’s Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, land ownership has become a dominant topic in the media. 

We saw recent results by chief land surveyor-general Mmuso Riba in the Audit of Registered State Land and a desktop analysis of the Private Land Ownership report, stating that 79 percent of land in South Africa is owned by private individuals, including foreigners, with the government owning 14 percent, while 7 percent could not be verified.

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