White farmers own almost three-quarters of South Africa’s agricultural land, even after 23 years of government efforts to redistribute land to the black majority, City Press reported, citing a land audit by farm lobbying group Agri SA.
Some 73.3% of agricultural land is owned by whites, down from 85.1% in 1994, the year South Africa first held democratic elections, the newspaper reported.
Black ownership has increased markedly in some of the country’s most fertile provinces. Black farmers own 74% of the land in KwaZulu-Natal and 52% in Limpopo, City Press reported, citing the report to be released this week.
Total acreage available for farming fell 4% over the 23 years reviewed, as mining and expanding municipalities took over agricultural land, according to economist Johann Bornman, who conducted the audit for the lobbying group.
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