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South African government sets ceilings for farms

08 May 2015

The South African government on Friday came up with policy proposals on the ceilings on farms for both natural and juristic persons.

The ceiling for a viable commercial small scale farm should be 1,000 hectares, while the ceiling for a medium scale viable commercial farm should be 2,500 hectors, Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti said in his budget vote speech in parliament.
As for large scale farms, the ceiling for a viable commercial farm should be 5,000 hectares, Nkwinti said.

For these proposals, “we have looked at South Africa’s history of land ownership patterns, since the advent of the 1913 Natives’ Land Act as well as experience elsewhere in the world, particularly Europe and a few countries in Latin America,” said Nkwinti.

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