Presidential Sod Turning
His Excellency, Mr J. G. Zuma, the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform invited the Members of the Media to a Sod turning event for a Smart Growth Centre at Inkandla. The President was accompanied by various Ministers of different portfolios from Rural Development and Land Reform to Economic Development, KZN Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize and his cabinet, uThungulu District Municipality, Inkandla Local Municipality and business big wigs. The President engaged, consulted and noted views of the community of 26 Amakhosi within Umlalazi and Inkandla regarding the initiative and other service delivery matters.
With this new Smart Growth Centre the community of Inkandla will no longer need to travel long distances which forced them to spend their earnings on transportation instead of their families' groceries and support.
The new National Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) has been given the mandate by the President of South Africa to develop a Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP) throughout the country. To achieve this mandate the DRDLR embarked on developing a fresh approach to rural development. The CRDP is focused on enabling rural people to take control of their destiny, with the support from government, and thereby dealing effectively with rural poverty through the optimal use and management of natural resources. This will be achieved through a co-ordinated and integrated broadbased agrarian transformation as well as the strategic investment in economic and social infrastructure that will benefit the entire rural communities. The programme will be successful when it becomes apparent that “sustainable and vibrant rural communities” are succeeding throughout South Africa.
Below is a three pronged strategy to ensure that the Department achieves its objective.
Agrarian transformation, Rural development and Land reform
The Agrarian transformation includes, but is not limited to the following:
Increased production and the optimal and sustainable use of natural resources including land, grass, trees, water, natural gases, mineral resources etc;
livestock farming (cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, turkey, game, bees, fish, etc), including the related value chain processes;
cropping (grain, vegetables, fruit, spices, medicines, etc), including the related value chain processes;
the establishment and strengthening of rural livelihoods for vibrant local economic development;
the use of appropriate technology, modern approaches and indigenous knowledge systems; and
food security, dignity and an improved quality of life for each rural household.
Rural development includes, but is not limited to the following:
Improved economic infrastructure:
Roads, railways, ports;
fencing for agricultural purposes;
distribution and transport networks;
communication networks (land lines, cell phones, radio, television, etc);
irrigation schemes for small scale farmers;
water harvesting, water basin and water shed management systems (dams etc);
post office services and internet cafes;
rural shopping malls.
Improved social infrastructure:
Social mobilization to enable rural communities to take initiatives;
establish savings clubs and cooperatives for economic activities, wealth creation and the productive use of assets;
communal sanitation and ablution systems to improve health conditions;
access to resourced clinics;
sport and recreation facilities especially for women and youth development;
rural libraries to promote a reading culture;
rehabilitation and development of schools as centres of excellence;
community halls and museums;
non-farming activities to strengthen rural livelihoods;
ABET centres for capacity building and appropriate skills development;
leadership training, social facilitation and conscientious awareness for CRDP and socio-economic independence;
democratise rural development, participation and ownership of all processes, projects and programmes;
co-ordination, alignment and cooperative governance (local municipalities, traditional councils, provincial government);
participation of NGOs, including faith-based organisations, community-based organizations and other organs of civil society;
social cohesion and access to human and social capital.
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.
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For further information on programmes by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform contact them at 0800 0070 95