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Who owns the land?

Author: Yolandi Groenewald

Getting to the bottom of land ownership in South Africa is not a straightforward business. Statistics are incomplete and, despite a state land audit, little is known about the racial make-up of land ownership in the country. 

While an audit conducted last year by the department of rural development and land reform showed that 79% of the country’s land may still be in private hands, it did not reveal whether those hands were black or white. 

Annelize Crosby of agricultural industry association AgriSA said national statistics on the number of commercial black farmers were simply not available, but some provincial agricultural unions had carried out land audits of their own. 

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