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On 1 October 2020, the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza announced that 700,000ha of under-utilised or vacant state land will be released for redistribution.  

On 9 October 2020, the Department of Public Works gazetted the Land Expropriation Bill, which sets out the rules by which the government can lay claim to land “in the public interest” and “for public purpose”.

In the same week, the parliamentary ad hoc committee established to amend the Constitution to allow for land expropriation, announced its intentions to proceed with public hearings which started again in October 2020. The committee has until 31 December 2020 to report back to parliament.

What remains worrying, however, is the fact that between 70% and 90% of land reform projects have been unsuccessful, leaving vast amounts of arable land under-utilised or vacant. So, where to from here?
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​​​​​​​Join this live webcast as we address the challenges and way forward. Your questions are welcome.

       -What do all these developments mean for ordinary South Africans?                  -What are the future implications? Who is affected?
       -Will the proposed measures contribute towards improving the                             livelihoods of people, enhance efforts aimed at improving food                           production and food security? 
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What is the impact of a partnership-driven model, driven through the                 Community Private Partnership (CPP) model?
       -As the government is running out of funds to support land reform                       efforts, does land reform still present opportunities for private sector                 driven partnerships and investments? 
       -Will South Africa meet the targets set out for land reform in the                           National Development Plan (NDP) or will we become another failed                   land reform case study?
       -Charting a way forward for successful land reform 

  • Peter Setou 
    Chief Executive, Vumelana Advisory Fund

    Peter obtained a law degree from the University of the Western Cape in 1990. He has attended a number of management courses including  the Executive Leadership Program at the University of Cape Town in 2007. Over the last 25 years, Peter’s career has spanned the law, micro-finance and most recently land reform. He has been the Chief Executive of Vumelana Advisory Fund since 2016.

  • Prof Mathole Motshekga 

    Chairperson of the Adhoc Committee to initiate & introduce legislation amending section 25

  • Wandile Sihlobo 
    Chief Economist, Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa (Agbiz)

    Wandile, an agricultural economist by training, is Chief Economist at Agbiz. He was appointed as a member of President Cyril Ramaphosa's Presidential Economic Advisory Council in 2019 after serving on the Presidential Expert Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture between 2018 and 2019. He is also a member of the Council of Statistics of South Africa (Stats SA). He is a Commissioner at the International Trade Commission of South Africa (ITAC). He holds a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Stellenbosch University.

  • Bulelwa Mabasa 
    Director and Head of the Land Reform Restitution & Tenure Practice, Werksmans Attorneys

    Bulelwa’s expertise is spread across a number of practice areas which includes the following: Dispute Resolution; Infrastructure, Energy & Projects and Mining & Resources practice areas. Her areas of specialisation include administrative law; tenders and procurement; constitutional law; due diligence investigations; commercial law; expropriation litigation; mining law; and banking litigation.She served on the Presidential Expert Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture She has a LLB, University of the Witwatersrand and a BA, University of the Witwatersrand.

  • Mazwi Mkhulisi
    Programmes Manager, Vumelana Advisory Fund

    Mazwi joined Vumelana as Programmes Manager in 2013 to manage the core programmes of the Fund: transaction advisory support programme and the communal institutional support programme. It is a role where he procures and manages advisory services for the structuring of agreements between communal property institutions and commercial investors. He has 20 years’ experience in managing social development interventions in multi-disciplinary settings. He holds a Master’s Degree in Social Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

  • About Vumelana Advisory Fund (Vumelana)
    Vumelana is a non-profit, public-benefit organisation that was established in 2012 to support South Africa’s land reform programme. Vumelana supports the establishment of commercially viable partnerships between investors and beneficiaries of the land reform programme, to create jobs, income and skills. Vumelana’s main objective is to demonstrate the value of community-private partnerships (CPPs) as a contributor to successful land reform. Vumelana means to agree with one another, make a contract with one another and support one another. https://www.vumelana.org.za/​​​​​​​

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  • Peter Setou

    Chief Executive, Vumelana Advisory Fund

  • Dr Mathole Motshekga

    Chairperson of the Adhoc Committee to initiate & introduce legislation amending section 25

  • Wandile Sihlobo

    Chief Economist, Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa (Agbiz)

  • Bulelwa Mabasa

    Director and Head of the Land Reform Restitution & Tenure Practice, Werksmans Attorneys

  • Mazwi Mkhulisi

    Programmes Manager, Vumelana Advisory Fund

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