AFASA welcomes cabinet's decision to approve the establishment of the office of the Valuer-General
The President of the African Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA), Mr Mike Mlengana has welcomed with great ecstasy the Cabinet's decision to approve policy on the establishment of the Office of the Valuer-General.
"We would like to commend the Minister and Cabinet for taking this bold step. It is in our view long overdue as it embraces the national interest which is enshrined on section 25.3 of the Constitution. South Africa will now not be held a ransom by individuals who put their interest before those of the nation. AFASA is of the view that willing buyer-willing seller principle has for a very long time stifled the redress of land tenure and ownership in South Africa". Mlengana said.
Minister Gugile Nkwinti announced at the National Communal Property Associations' Workshop in Birchwood this morning that Cabinet has approved the establishment of the Office of the Valuer-General. The Minister told over 600 representatives of CPAs that when established, the Valuer-General will now use section 25.3 of the Constitution when making a determination of land market value and not the principle of willing buyer-willing seller.
The Workshop is a consultative engagement between the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform and sought to review successes and challenges confronting CPAs while seeking consensus on remedial legislative and administrative interventions.
He said section 25.3 of the Constitution makes provisions for the Valuer-General to ensure that "the amount of the compensation and the time and manner of payment must be just and equitable, reflecting an equitable balance between the public interest and the interests of those affected."
Minister in the Presidency for Monitoring and Valuation, Mr Collins Chabane told the media during a media briefing in Parliament that "the Valuer-General's office will be an independent statutory body responsible in the main for valuing land nationwide and to keep collated hub of property values. It will facilitate the effective collection of better land market information and more effective regulation of the property valuation industry."
"AFASA believes that the Valuer-General will be able to stabilize and set just and consistent land market prices and minimize protracted negotiations of land prices between the seller and the buyer. This assures us that national interest will take priority over individual interests." He concluded
AFASA is a representative and unitary body of all African farmers which is committed to driving the establishment of competent and successful commercial African farmers of South Africa.
Mr Aggrey Mahanjana
African Farmers' Association of South Africa (AFASA)
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