Ramaphosa's new advisory team has 6 months to draw up national land reform plan

President Cyril Ramaphosa has set up an advisory panel on land reform to advise the government on issues like redistribution.

The panel is to be chaired by social entrepreneur and public policy and development planning specialist Dr Vuyokazi Mahlati.

Other members include land researcher Professor Ruth Hall and high-profile lawyer Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi.

Professor Hall says the panel faces an exciting challenge to see how government can fix the land reform process.

She explains that the panel has a far broader mandate than the question of whether not to amend the Constitution for the proposed land expropriation without compensation.

According to Hall, the panel will look at the potential implementation of land expropriation and existing institutional barriers to land reform.

She hopes the team's contributions may help speed up and improve the underinvested land reform process.

The panel has six months to develop a national land reform plan which should be submitted to the government by March 2019.

Our mandate is to look at how government should use its existing powers and what should be done to address the land reform challenge.

Ruth Hall, Associate Professor at UWC's Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies   

While Parliament is debating whether or not government powers should be changed, our mandate is to look at how government should implement.

Ruth Hall, Associate Professor at UWC's Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies   

In our terms of reference, we are explicitly asked to work out how and when expropriation without compensation should be implemented.

Ruth Hall, Associate Professor at UWC's Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies   

Ours is a policy-making position.

Ruth Hall, Associate Professor at UWC's Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies   

I think we're at a pivotal moment right now; we are at a change moment.

Ruth Hall, Associate Professor at UWC's Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies   

These are the 10 members on the panel (as reported by TimesLive):

  • Professor Ruth Hall: a researcher and professor at the University of the Western Cape’s Institute for Poverty‚ Land and Agrarian Studies;
  • Professor Mohammed Karaan: a professor in Agricultural Economics at Stellenbosch University;
  • Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi: a lawyer‚ public speaker and author;
  • Bulelwa Mabasa: an admitted attorney with experience in matters of land restitution and reform;
  • Thandi Ngcobo: CEO and founder of the Dr J L Dube Institute of the University of KwaZulu-Natal;
  • Wandile Sihlobo: head of research at the Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa and is an independent agricultural economic advisor to Afgrain Food Group;
  • Daniel Kriek: president of AgriSA;
  • Thato Moagi: an emerging farmer and entrepreneur; and
  • Nick Serfontein: chairman of the Sernick Group and 2016 Free State Farmer of the Year.

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