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Western Cape sets up land reform advisory desk

Author: Bekezela Phakathi

THE Western Cape provincial government has established a land reform advisory desk to help to speed up transformation in the province’s agricultural sector.

The tardiness around land reform has created uncertainty in the agricultural sector and has at times led to sporadic land occupations around the country and tension on farms.

In 1994, national government set a target of handing 30% of agricultural land to black recipients by 2014. In 2013 it announced that only 8% of claimed land had been handed back, although settlements had been finalised for a far larger portion of SA’s farmland.

Western Cape economic opportunities MEC Alan Winde said on Monday that speeding up land reform was one of the provincial government’s foremost priorities.

“The land reform advisory desk will offer guidance to farmers, community organisations and residents. We are putting our full weight behind efforts to get viable projects going,” Mr Winde said.

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