“ANC is close to reaching their land reform target” – Prof Kirsten

Although land expropriation is officially off the cards, the scrapping of the willing-buyer, willing-seller principle is widely supported, reducing any sense of hope farmers had for holding onto their land.

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 But massive discrepancies exist between government rhetoric and actual land redistribution transfer figures prompting a reassessment of land reform going forward. Government claims that up to 87% of South Africa’s agricultural land is still in the hands of white farmers. But statistics don’t lie and judging by the numbers the land reform process is far from failing in its ability to transfer land to the previously disadvantaged.

Read teh full story in the 13 July 2012 issue of FW.