Work on land reform still far from finished – Zuma

President Jacob Zuma said the next administration will need to take forward a number of policies to further redress the dispossession of the black majority of their ancestral land.

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These include matters relating to the establishment of the Office of the Valuer-General and the re-opening of the lodgement of land claims, according to a statement released by government.

Delivering his sixth state of the nation address on Thursday evening (13 February), Zuma complimented the achievements that have taken place in the agricultural sector since the dawn of democracy in the country.

“We have made good progress in the land reform programme. Since 1994, nearly 5 000 farms, comprising 4,2 million hectares, have been transferred to black people, benefiting over 200 000 families,” he said.

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Nearly 80 000 land claims, totalling 3,4 million hectares, have been settled, further benefiting 1,8 million people.

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