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IRR’s Anthea Jeffery: State ‘custodianship’ and control over all agricultural land

Dr. Anthea Jeffery is Head of Policy Research at the IRR

27 May 2015


Dr. Anthea Jeffery is Head of Policy Research at the IRR

Dr. Anthea Jeffery is Head of Policy Research at the IRR

By Anthea Jeffery

Unbeknown to most people, the public has until 30th May 2015 (the end of this week) to comment on a bill that seeks to vest all agricultural land in the State as ‘custodian’ for the people of South Africa.

This provision echoes the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) of 2002, under which all mineral resources have effectively been expropriated without compensation.

The new measure is called the Preservation and Development of Agricultural Land Framework Bill of 2015 (the Bill). It was gazetted in mid-March this year for public comment by 30th May, and has generally passed unnoticed by the media.

Read the full article from BizNews.

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