ANC:State spent close to R13 Billion on Department of Rural Development and Land Reform

22February 2013

 Today Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti briefed journalists in Parliament about four pillars of land reform.

The pillars of land reform consist of redistribution, restitution, development and tenure reform.

Nkwinti said that the land reform had been narrowly interpreted to refer to the first two pillars.

The result has been a focus on the number of farmers and hectares transferred from white owners to black claimants.

Ministerial Spokesperson Mtobeli Mxotwa said that farms transferred to black people and communities, through the various Redistribution programmes, from 1994 to the 31st of January 2013, amounted to 4 813 farms, which translates to 4, 123 million hectares, benefiting 230 886 persons, of which 50 440 are women.

The state spent R12. 9 billion.

Of the 4, 123 million hectares acquired.

The Government has recapitalized 696 farms into full operation, employing 4 982 permanent workers.


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