Thursday, July 03, 2014

Winds of change problematic says MEC Winde

Natalie Malgas
03 July 2014

Western Cape MEC of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde said land reform must take place sooner rather than later.  However, MEC Winde has raised his concern regarding the new released policy paper, saying this will scare away investment and it adds policy uncertainty in the agricultural sector. 

The policy on land reform and restitution seeks to give farmworkers 50 percent ownership of the farms they work in.

Ministerial Spokesperson, Bronwynne Jooste, added this campaign counters the Western Cape and the National Development Plans to use agriculture as a vehicle for job creation and economic growth.

Winde recommended alternatives to the proposed policy such as: models with proven track records or the investigation of new models based on the partnership with government and the agriculture sector.

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