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    CAPE TOWN, June 1 (ANA)
    The African National Congress is continuing to use expropriation of land without compensation as a "convenient ruse to deflect attention away from their massive, two-decade long failure to address land reform in South Africa", says the Democratic Alliance.
    Replies to parliamentary questions posed to the rural development and land reform department (DRDLR) had revealed that the department and its entities had nearly 20.7 million hectares of land, DA spokesperson Thandeka Mbabama said in a statement.
    "In its reply to my question, minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane reveals that her department owns approximately 13,588,879 hectares of land and has exclusive rights to another 2,222,920 hectares. It furthermore states that the Ingonyama Trust Board (ITB) owns approximately 2,000,000 hectares and has exclusive rights to approximately 2,882,000 hectares more," Mbabama said.
    The report of the high-level panel (HLP) chaired by former president Kgalema Motlanthe found that the "land area of South Africa" was approximately 122.3 million hectares.
    This astonishing admission by the DRDLR followed similar replies from other departments, notably the public works department (DPW), which revealed that it had about 1.9 million hectares of unused land, and the agriculture, forestry, and fisheries department, which revealed that it administered some 73,000 hectares of farmland on behalf of the DPW. The public enterprises department, which had vast amounts of land, had yet to respond to the question.
    "This information begs the question: why is the ANC pushing for section 25 of the Constitution to be amended to allow for expropriation without compensation when government is sitting on vast tracks of urban and rural land, much of it suitable for development and/or agriculture?" Mbabama said.
    "Adding to the confusion is a recent statement by the ANC secretary general Ace Magashule that '[w]e are rolling out implementation of policy of land expropriation without compensation, we are not waiting', and the resolution by the ANC following the party's two-day land summit in May that parliament must urgently pass the Expropriation Bill, ostensibly to test the limits of section 25.
    "Meanwhile, the DRDLR responded to another DA question by confirming that (1) government has not determined the land that will be earmarked to be expropriated without compensation, and (2) will be guided by the outcome of the constitutional review committee which has been tasked with considering possible amendments to section 25 and is only set to report back to the National Assembly on 11 September. Confusion reigns.
    "The DA believes that the ANC is continuing to use expropriation without compensation as a convenient ruse to deflect attention away from their massive, two-decade long failure to address land reform in South Africa. Indeed, the HLP report found that 'increasing evidence of corruption by officials, the diversion of the land reform budget to elites, lack of political will, and lack of training and capacity' have proved more serious stumbling blocks to land reform. The DA wants South Africans to be real owners of land with the right to choose, unlike the ANC and the EFF [Economic Freedom Fighters] who want the state to be landlord and the people to be permanent tenants on the land," Mbabama said. , editing by Jacques Keet


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    There is no way the ANC will touch the old tribal lands. Therein lies their voter base and to upset the rural leaders is to cut your own throat, especially in KZN.
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    That is exactly how Mugabe stayed in power for so long, by controlling the tribal land!! ( and the vote)
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    Copied & Pasted from an article on MSN - published on the 29/10/2017

    Black people already own more than half of allagricultural land in two of South Africa’s most fertile provinces: the EasternCape and KwaZulu-Natal. This is according to an audit of land ownership, to bereleased this week.


    Landowners who are not white own 26.7% of agriculturalground and control more than 46% of South Africa’s agricultural potential.


    Twice as much land has been transferred to blackentrepreneurs and farmers through ordinary commercial purchases than the statehas managed to buy for black owners as part of its land redistributionprogramme, the study found.


    These statistics are contained in a comprehensive landaudit undertaken by economist Johann Bornman in partnership with magazineLandbouweekblad and Agri SA, which, with a large donation, made it possible toobtain data about hundreds of thousands of land transactions from the deedsoffice, as well as geographical data.
    An audit of this type has never been done in SouthAfrica and is being released amid huge political pressure to increase the paceof land reform.
    Ernest Pringle, chairperson of Agri SA’s policycommittee on agricultural development, said the organisation realised long agothat a comprehensive land audit was imperative because policy was being drivenby perception and emotion, instead of facts. That is why Agri SA invested aboutR1m in the project.


    “The picture of land ownership – and, morespecifically, land ownership of high-potential agricultural land – actuallylooks totally different to what the perception is,” said Pringle.


    More research will be done to formulate a clearstrategy for a land plan that is consistent with the National Development Planand the Constitution, and that will advance job creation and the protection ofproperty rights, said Pringle.
    Agri SA will release the audit, along with additionalresearch, on Wednesday at its offices in Centurion.


    THE KEY FINDINGS INCLUDE:
    - In KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo, which have some of thenation’s most fertile land, more than half of agricultural land is owned byblack people.


    In three of the most fertile provinces – Eastern Cape,KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo – more than 50% of agricultural potential is in blackhands.


    In KwaZulu-Natal, 45.4% of the agricultural land, interms of surface area, is owned by black people. This land represents 73.5% ofthe agricultural potential of the province.


    - White farmers’ ownership of agricultural grounddeclined from 85.1% in 1994 (82.5 million hectares) to 73.3% in December 2016,and? altogether 5 million hectares of agricultural ground was bought by blackpeople in this period, as well as 1.7 million hectares for purposes other thanagriculture.
    In the same period, government purchased and redistributed only2.1 million hectares of agricultural ground.


    In addition, provincial governments and municipalitiesbought and redistributed about 600 000 hectares of land, said Bornman.


    “It’s interesting to see that emergent black farmersare buying land in the areas that they originate from. isiZulu speakers usuallywill not buy in the Eastern Cape and isiXhosa-speakers will not buy inLimpopo.”


    Bornman initially began the audit out of personalinterest because “so much nonsense is spoken about land ownership”. It waslater expanded into an extensive, nationwide audit after sponsors Agri SA andLandbouweekblad got involved.
    Since then, Bornman has been working with a team of 10researchers. He admits it was “uncomfortable” to do research in which raceplayed a role. “We determined the race of new landowners by looking at names.That can lead to errors with names such as Des van Rooyen – also the name ofthe cooperative governance minister – but it would be a small minority andalso, mistakes would lead to black ownership being underestimated, notoverestimated,” he said.
    “People of colour who bought agricultural land clearlyfocused on land that has high potential for agricultural development. Wemeasured this by linking the land they bought in every district to the carryingcapacity of the agricultural land in that district, as recorded by thedepartment of agriculture.


    “Altogether 221 000 transactions involving landbetween 1994 and December 2016 were analysed. To do a proper assessment of allthe transactions, we built an internet platform to determine exactly what the situationwas in 1994 and how it compares with land ownership today,” said Bornman.
    It was an exhausting process because deeds office datahad to be rectified when it contained mistakes. It also had to be adapted toprovide for changes in the boundaries of provinces and agricultural districts.


    The result is that it is now possible to determineexactly who owns what land in each of the country’s 340 agricultural districts,in respect of surface area (hectares), monetary value and agriculturalpotential.


    To determine how much agricultural land there is inthe country, a complete set of satellite images of the country’s total surfacearea of 122.5 million hectares were obtained from 1994 and from 2016.
    A disturbing fact that emerged during the audit isthat available agricultural land had declined by 4% over the past 23 years,from 97.03 million hectares to 93.25 million hectares. “It’s agricultural landthat has been sucked up by mines, industry and the extension of municipalboundaries,” said Bornman.


    The effect of market forces was also surprising. Inthe 23-year period examined by the audit, R90.3bn has been spent on land thatis now owned by black people.


    Of this, government bought 2.8 million hectares, forwhich it paid R20.5bn. Large areas of this land are today underutilised orfallow.
    A large portion of the 4 million hectares of land thatthe government said it redistributed, is in the former homelands. The truefigure is closer to 3.5 million hectares.


    “One wonders how much success government would have achievedhad it simply made the R20.5bn available to prospective black farmers who wantto buy land through a financial institution such as the Land Bank,” saidBornman.


    More findings will be made available this week onLandbouweekblad’s website, landbou.com, and will also be released by Agri SA onWednesday
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    ANC is anti private ownership. Keep all land under state control and you own the voters. Communism 101.
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