Land has been a hot topic in the country lately. While national government debate the issues around land expropriation the Western Cape government says it is succeeding in land reform.
Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says that it has seen a 62% success rate on all land reform in the province. She adds it has also spent millions in support projects to aid land reform farms.
We are talking about 62% of 357 to be exact, with R500 million spent in support projects for farmers on those land reform farms. That is a lot of money and a lot of success for projects.— Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
Zille says the money for these support projects comes from the Comprehensive Agricultural Support programme, which is a national grant for supporting land reform.
The Province also receives money from the commodity approach it has adopted, says Zille.
We have R80 million added by various commodity sectors in agriculture, farmers and others, in the Western Cape towards helping land reform.— Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
For Zille this shows a very meaningful success rate of black argiculture in the Western Cape. She adds she is unsure how many farms there are in the Western Cape, so she can't say for sure how much meaningful black ownership this translates to.
She adds that on a national percentages of land is fundamentally different to what people think they are. She adds the amount of land owned by the state is fundamental.
Nationally, about 43% of land is owned by the state. And then the rest which is 575 is in private hands of which 61% is actually companies, trusts and CBOs., and just 30% of the 57% is individuals.— Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
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