Deputy Minister Meets Crossroads Community
At the end of last month the Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mcebisi Skwatsha, met with the communities of Crossroads and Nyanga on issues of land claims. The re-opening of land claims was of top priority and community members were made aware of the correct procedures to be follow when making their claims.
Land reform includes, but is not limited to the following:
Increasing the pace of land redistribution
- Provide increased access to land for previously disadvantaged people, through the redistribution of 30% of white-owned agricultural land;
- review the land reform products and approaches (LRAD, SPLAG, LASS, PLAS, ABP, LARP, etc) for greater effectiveness and relevance to the CRDP, including the implementation of related policies (use-it-or-lose-it, leasing, post settlement support, etc);
- review land acquisition processes (value for money for each hectare of land bought, proposal for a special land commission for an audit of privately owned agricultural land, the productive use of land transferred to the landless, the effective development and beneficiation of the land reform beneficiaries.
Increasing the pace of land tenure reform:
- Fast-track the settlement of labour tenant claims, especially in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga;
- facilitate secure access to land by farm dwellers;
- protect the land rights of farm workers and create decent jobs on farms;
- deal effectively and promptly with illegal evictions;
- establish agri-villages for local economic development on farms;
- provide basic needs for farm dwellers, including water, sanitation, electricity, housing, etc;
- implement CLaRA to stimulate economic growth in traditional communities in the former homeland areas, while promoting efficient use of land and the sustainable use of natural resources;
- deal effectively with State land administration;
- provide support and capacity building to farm dwellers.
Speeding up the settlement of outstanding land restitution claims:
- Provide an analysis of outstanding claims (nature and type), indicate related challenges and how these should be addressed to speed up the finalization of claims and indicate clearly what is possible by the year 2011 (including what will be still outstanding, if any);
- adopt a developmental approach to the settlement of restitution claims to demonstrate a contribution to the CRDP;
- develop a strategy to deal with land claims in the Land Claims Court, to ensure that these are “winnable strong cases” setting good precedent and appealing cases that may set a bad precedent;
- ensure sustainability, beneficiation and contribution to poverty eradication, economic growth and the creation of employment opportunities, as well as the vibrancy of land restitution projects, going forward.
Effective support to all land reform programmes through land planning and information:-
- Provide a reliable and efficient property/deeds registration system; improving it by modernizing and digitizing the cadastres (e-cadastre);
- contribute to economic growth and housing development by providing government and private agents with essential land information to engage in planning as well as economic transactions;
- provide a basis for the design of a land value tax, land valuation and sustainable land management;
- provide surveys and mapping services to various clients for different needs;
- provide spatial planning information and services to local municipalities and other public or private institutions that may need these services for developmental purposes.
For more information on Land Reform go to www.ruraldevelopment.gov.za
For further information on programmes by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform contact them at 0800 0070 95