Minister Nkwinti to tackle government's decision to scrap 'willing buyer-willing seller' principle
At NERPO's 4th Annual Rural Development and Land Reform, the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mr. Gugile Nkwinti, is expected to address farmers and various stakeholders on government's decision to scrap the 'willing buyer-willing seller' principle on Land Reform. In his state of the Nation Address in Parliament early this month, President Jacob Zuma announced that "government will now pursue the 'just and equitable' principle for compensation, as set out in the Constitution instead of the 'willing buyer, willing seller' principle, which forces the state to pay more for land than the actual value."
This NERPO annual event is a platform where farmers reflect on right-from the farm experiences of the rural development land reform programme while sharing information with government about proposed remedial interventions to address the ills of the agricultural economy.
Minister Nkwinti is also expected to shed light on among other issues, progress made by government on the finalization and implementation of the following key policy proposals and programmes;
- the Green Paper on Land Reform;
- the Land Audit;
- issuing of title-deeds for smallholder farmers so as to ensure full ownership of agricultural land by black farmers; and the re-opening of Land Claims
The Department's National Director-General, Mr. Mdu Shabane will further provide details on the state of the Land Recapitalization and Development programme (Recap). In August last year, the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform held a Recap Evaluation Workshop during which a diagnostic view on the successes and hindrances of the programme was conducted.
MEC for Agrarian Reform & Rural Development Ms Zoleka Capa as well the Executive Mayor of the Chris Hani District Municipality Mr. Mxolisi Koyo will be among the key speakers who will address the farmers.
Details of the event to which members of the media are equally invited are as follows:
Date : 28th February -1st March 2013 (28th Feb, National Agricultural Expo)
Venue : Carnarvon Estate, Sterkstroom (50 kms away from Queenstown)
Time : 08h00
NERPO is the official mouthpiece of South Africa's smallholder livestock farmers who are reported to own about 40% cattle, 67% goats & 12% sheep but only accounts for 5% market share in the red production value chain.
Mr. Aggrey Mahanjana
Group Managing Director
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