Land redistribution has been a subject well-known to cause a stir in the melting pot of racial tension in South Africa. Equal rights are being rightfully demanded from all racial groups and opinions involved; however the balance of land division has not yet been established to a degree that is found to satisfy all parties. Without distribution that leaves all South African’s united in matching views on the worth and fairness of the land being re-appropriated, there has been constant conflict, disagreements and ceaseless racial tension. A motion to be passed was revealed by Gugile Nkwinti, Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform of the ruling African National Congress. Minister Nkwinti released a rather ambiguous public statement during a handover ceremony which occurred at the Kruger National Park on Monday 23rd May, 2016.
Hazy Vision of Land Distribution Future
His revelation explained the state of land redistribution forthcoming. Revealing only vague details, he stated “If you are a small-scale farm and have one-thousand four-hundred hectares, we will buy the four-hundred, and leave you with your one-thousand. We will buy the extra and redistribute it to black people.” Even though is inevitable that a full disclosure will be made available to the public in the near future, his lack of further specifics stoked a country-wide uproar of rage, opposition and yet further tension in our rainbow nation. The only elaboration that the minister divulged was that ‘land ceilings’ are to be imposed on property ranging between one-thousand and twelve-thousand hectares, these referenced as small scale farms with the deficit being claimed. This proposed upcoming amendment to the Regulation of Land Holdings Bill has been in the pipeline since the release of the Green Papers in 2011. This bill is a government discourse on the status of agricultural variables within South Africa’s emergency economy. The ANC has repeatedly assured the nation of their earnest concern to quicken the division of land, citing reasons related to the reparation of past inequalities, expansion of the local economy and the diversification and integration of social relations between individuals and entities that would not normally be exposed to each other.
Agri SA Lashes Out – No Tolerance for Upcoming Bill
The compassionate and good-spirited union of all individuals, businesses and governing bodies that make up our country, is needed for nation-wide growth, prosperity and abundance. Not every individual concerned is convinced of their ruling party’s motives. Agri SA met the motion with extreme resistance, stating that they plan to release a legal opposition to the bill. The firm view of this prominent non-profit organization of private farmers is that implementing the mandatory sale of a fixed proportion of land, as proposed, will be the same as “Gambling with food security”. President of Agri SA, Johannes Moller, also expressed that the bill would cause “fragmentation of agricultural land‚ a negative impact on productivity‚ a reduction in the profitability of agribusinesses‚ very little positive effect – or none at all – on poverty relief‚ high administration costs and a negative impact on investment in the sector”. Regardless of the outcome, it is crystal clear that with a housing deficit of 2.5 million homes and 7.5 million South Africans estimated to be homeless, the issue is becoming ever-more urgent. When combined with the inhumane living & social conditions matched with the poor infrastructure found in widespread areas of our nation, is evident that South Africa is in desperate need of healing and reparation in many forms.