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Card image 21 November 2019 Daily Maverick

Farmers are doing it for themselves – finding common ground in contested terrain

Farmers from across SA gathered recently near Ceres to showcase successful partnerships between commercial and emerging black farmers. In light of the failure of land reform, identified in the 2017 Motlanthe report, farmers have collectively sought innovative solutions on their own.

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Card image 14 November 2019 HeraldLive

Bright idea to make agriculture dreams come true

From a tiny plot to a thriving farm — this is what Aviwe Gxotiwe aspires to achieve for people living in the rural Eastern Cape who are unable to get loans to see their farming dreams come to fruition. Gxotiwe, a livestock and crop farmer in Somerset East, hopes to launch a financial services business that offers loans while also using traditional stokvels.

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Card image 31 October 2019 IOL

Finding solutions on land reform

Keynote speakers at the Bridge Building Land Summit addressed issues of ownership, skills development and market penetration.

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Card image 30 October 2019 Farmer's Weekly

Agri and land reform ‘not immune to tightening of fiscal belt’

Only passing reference was made to agriculture and land in the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement, which was presented in Parliament on Wednesday by Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni.

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Card image 24 October 2019 Boksberg Advertiser

Metro identifies five land parcels in Boksburg

Over 1 000 hectares of land will be released to the beneficiaries as part of a programme that will generate about R200-m in revenue for the City through medium-term leases, in addition to other economic benefits.

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Card image 18 October 2019 Grocotts Mail

‘Productive land, ethical systems’ – Mabuyane

You’re right – you can’t still have after 25 years such a skewed land distribution, with the minority occupying the bigger part and the majority occupying the smaller percentage. It’s one of the causes of social tension and resolving it is a key tool for social cohesion.

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Card image 19 October 2019 News 24

Limpopo farmer will get his farm from government but is now dealing with land occupiers

Limpopo farmer David Rakgase, who was recently embroiled in a legal battle over the ownership of the farm with the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, is facing another challenge.

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Card image 18 October 2019 BizNews

A call for voluntary ‘equalisation’ in SA – Chuck Stephens

SA is said to have a triple problem of poverty, unemployment and inequality. Chuck Stephens thinks those three words are intentionally strung backwards.

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Card image 14 October 2019 The Citizen

Farmer Jeremy Ridl says education and mentorship of emerging farmers is lacking

Farmer Jeremy Ridl says education and mentorship of emerging farmers is lacking.

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Card image 07 October 2019 Daily Maverick

Land reform has failed the women of South Africa

Men have been the major beneficiaries of the government’s land reform programme. Women, especially the rural poor – most of whom depend on land for their livelihood – continue to be short-changed by a system in dire need of repair.

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The stop-gap law on land rights in former homelands was due to expire in 1997. It was just renewed again. https://www.businessinsider.co.za/interim-protection-of-informal-land-rights-act-extended-to-december-2020-2019-12 via @BusinessInsider

SA’s new Water and Sanitation Master Plan https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2019-12-05-sas-new-water-and-sanitation-master-plan

DMRE calls for public comment on MPRDA amendments, community resettlement guidelines https://www.miningweekly.com/article/dmre-calls-for-public-comment-on-mprda-amendments-community-resettlement-guidelines-2019-12-05

The draft bill to amend the s25 of the Constitution is being considered by the ad hoc committee. MPs are considering including the specific instances land can be #Expropriated w/out compensation. https://m.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/expropriation-without-compensation-committee-discusses-draft-bill-to-amend-section-25-20191203

The #Mwelase judgment of the #ConstitutionalCourt was an incredible & important judgment for the long neglected plight of labour tenants across SA. Have a listen to Adv. @MichaelBishop12’s first hand account of how it all came to be. Interviewed by @JohanLorenzen &
@Eli_Kunene https://twitter.com/justusundertree/status/1202100462054453248

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