President Ramaphosa Receives Report of Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture
By Joburg Post
President Cyril Ramaphosa and Deputy President David Mabuza hreceived the report of the Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture yesterday.
The panel was appointed in September 2018 to support the work of the Inter Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Land Reform chaired by the Deputy President. It was to advise the IMC on a broad range of policy matters associated with land reform, including restitution, redistribution, tenure security and agricultural support.
To support sound policy making the panel was mandated to review, research and suggest models for government to implement a fair and equitable land reform process that redresses the injustices of the past, increases agricultural output, promotes economic growth and protects food security.
The panel was further expected to provide perspectives on land policy in the context of persisting land inequality, unsatisfactory land and agrarian reform and uneven urban land development.
The Advisory Panel was chaired by Dr Vuyo Mahlathi and composed of the following members, embodying a diversity of experience and perspectives on South Africa’s land reform aspirations:
Professor Ruth Hall Professor Mohammed Karaan Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi Ms Bulelwa Mabasa Dr Thandi Ngcobo Mr Wandile Sihlobo Mr Daniel Kriek Ms Thato Moagi Mr Nick Serfontein
President Ramaphosa has thanked the Deputy President, the IMC and all advisory panel members for their hard work over an eight month process which included hours of consultation with various sectors of society and also very deliberate and sometimes dissenting and difficult engagement among the panel members.
The President said:
“This report is an important step forward in our quest to right the original sin by developing solutions which are not only uniquely South African but most importantly, build a society in which all may share in the wealth of our land.”
The report of the Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture will be tabled to Cabinet before being released publicly.