Ramaphosa hails land reform report

President Cyril Ramaphosa has hailed the land reform and agriculture report as the first step towards ensuring all South Africans share the wealth of our land. Courtesy of #DSTV403

CAPE TOWN - President Cyril Ramaphosa has hailed the land reform and agriculture report as the first step towards ensuring all South Africans share the wealth of our land.

Ramaphosa received the report from the Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture.

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The panel was appointed in September to support the work of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Land Reform.

The team was tasked with advising the ministerial committee on a range of policy matters relating to land.

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The presidency said the report, which had been due in April but was delayed by disagreements between panel members and over the scope of their mandate, would be put to the cabinet before being released publicly.

If the government decided to push ahead with wider powers to seize land without payment, it could see local and international investors lose out on land earmarked or already used for mining, farming and other commercial activities.

To become law, the reforms would need passed by both houses of parliament and then signed by Ramaphosa. It is unclear how long this process would take.

- Additional reporting Reuters

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