South Africa land reform in dire straits
Posted: Friday, May 9, 2008
SOUTH Africa's land reform programme is in dire straits and there is no chance of reaching a 2008 deadline to complete the restitution process, said a report released by a think tank.
The gloomy report issued by the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) said the country's agriculture was under serious threat from the struggling land reform strategy.
"The future of South African commercial agriculture is now on the table," said CDE executive director Ann Bernstein in a statement.
"The economic viability of many rural regions of the country is under threat, which could lead to serious negative consequences for the broader economy and society."
At the onset of democracy in 1994, some 87 percent of agricultural land in the country was owned by whites, who make up less than 10 percent of the population.
Thirteen years later only four percent of land, or four million hectares (nearly 10 million acres), had been transferred to blacks, said the CDE.
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