South Africa introduces less costly ways to give more land to black majority

By bne IntelliNews May 3, 2010
South Africawill introduce less costly ways to give more land to the black majority, presidentJacob Zuma said, with significant changes to the current land-distributionmodel. A priority is to ensure that land reform is more closely linked to thecreation of livelihoods for the poor, Reuters reported. The countrys largestfarmers group warned that last months proposal to nationalise all farmlandand limit land owned by farmers would seriously harm agricultural investment.The land affairs departments recently published strategic plan for 2010-2013,proposes that either all productive land will become a national asset withfarmers paying taxes to lease land from the state - this may require aconstitutional change - or to limit the amount of land landowners can own. Zumadid not say whether either of these options would be implemented.

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