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Presidential panel member rejects final report on land reform

Head of AgriSA says an alternative report has been released on ‘proven agricultural practice and sustainable economic growth.’

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s push to reduce rural poverty and quell growing anger over unequal access to property faces further delays after a member of an advisory panel on the issue on Friday rejected key aspects of the plan.

Land ownership is a controversial and emotive issue in South Africa where racial inequality persists more than two decades after the end of apartheid, during which millions of the black majority were dispossessed of their land by the white minority.

While protests over land, housing and poverty gather pace ahead of national elections in May, lawmakers are drafting a bill to make changes to Section 25 of the constitution which sets out criteria for land reform and land rights.

If adopted, the proposals mean land could be legally expropriated without compensation being paid.

A draft bill is set to be debated in October and a report by the president’s advisory panel is key to how the final law will look.

Dan Kriek, head of non-profit agricultural association AgriSA and appointed by Ramaphosa to the panel, said on Friday he and one another member of the group had refused to sign the final report due to be handed to the president on April 24.

“We have released an alternative report setting out perspectives on land reform based on proven agricultural practice and sustainable economic growth” Kriek said in a statement.

The proposed law has spooked some investors fearing it would violate property rights, even prompting a factually incorrect tweet from US President Donald Trump saying he wanted his secretary of state to study “land and farm seizures” in the country.

Ramaphosa has assured investors property rights will be protected.

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Perhaps the Government can start by expropriating tribal land from the black kings first. And also stop paying them an allowance that the taxpayer pays for.

Oh really, what was factually incorrect about President Trump’s tweet?

It seem generations do not learn from past mistakes.

Take Zimbabwe for example: since the 2000 govt-sponsored land-grab, their Govt tried their very best to create an economic basket-case example, for the purpose for the rest of world’s academics to kindly use during economic studies/teachings. Very noble of Zimbabwe to do this. They succeeded, with the economic results clear today, and we all can learn.

Except, SA govt cannot learn…instead, they want to improve on Zimbabwe’s basket-case example.

Not just the SA government that cannot learn. The average South African voter firmly believes that this time is different.

…Ramaphosa has assured investors property rights will be protected.

Other (white) South Africans, it seems, will not be so lucky.

Land is a hugely emotive issue, made much more so by the underperformance of the economy brought about entirely by the ANC and it’s policies. As this performance just worsens under the ANC yoke we will see a ratcheting up, not down of terrible ideas like EWC.

Poverty means that people have no assets. EWC means that the asset you thought you had is now worth zero, so it’s clearly a destroyer of wealth and a creator of poverty. How this will help the predicament of the people of this country is, like the mining charter, totally unclear.

So now we embark on another great poverty creation plan, the destruction of land values in South Africa, and investors I am sure will not be fooled by reassurances from Cyril that they’ve got nothing to worry about. Quite the contrary.

The ANC also totally misses the point that any landlord or property owner in this country works to maintain his property, pays rates and taxes on it, funds other municipal charges, finally pays tax and VAT, employs people, and provides a massive service to society. And the more successful the owner (like a big commercial farmer) the greater the service is.

Take this land away and you lose the input and work of the owner, and with it your entire municipal and national tax base. It’s like shooting yourself in the head.

But a reading of the political manifestos of 90% of the parties out there is enough to tell you that there is no clue of how a modern economy works and that in its place there is just total magical thinking as where the EFF, after applying the most toxic ideas possible, are going to create millions of jobs.

So to the head of agri SA I say thank you for being a lone voice of reason even as I’m sure you will probably be branded a racist and totally ignored.

Once EWC is written into law Ramaphosa’s assurance is worthless. I for one do not believe anything he says – record under Zuma speaks for itself

It is not the most politically correct statement for sure, but it seems as if some people are borne to die of hunger and disease. If people implement the strategies that lead to hunger and disease, should they not then expect the logical results? Every time Africans get the opportunity to choose between a free-market economy and famine, they choose famine. There is something in the psyche of collectivists that drives them towards hardship. They always create their own excuses and reasons for their victim mentality, and they always find a gullible and sympathetic audience in the form of those who believe in the fallacy of political correctness.

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