Presidential Advisory Panel Colloquium: Unpacking Land Issues for Inclusive and Sustainable Reform

The Expert Advisory Panel on Land Reform was appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa to provide independent advice to the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) comprised of 11 cabinet ministers, convened by Deputy President David Mabuza.

The ten-member Panel includes farmers, lawyers, agricultural economists and academics. The Panel’s terms of reference are broad and cover most aspects of land reform. The Panel’s mandate is to provide a unified policy perspective on land reform in respect of restitution, redistribution and tenure reform. Since appointment in September 2018 the Panel has been engaged in critical analysis and intensive research of diverse aspects of rural and urban land reform as well as agriculture.

In preparation for submitting a comprehensive Report as per terms of reference in March 2019, the Panel has adopted several distinct work streams, where Panel members are conducting research and developing draft policy positions as a basis on which to advise the IMC.” – Invitation background to 2 day colloquium held on 7-8 December 2018.

The two day Colloquium was intended as strategic engagements on emerging policy proposals that address the following issues:

Land acquisition, expropriation, compensation, beneficiary selection, forms of tenure, models of agricultural land reform, human settlements, social and economic aspects of land reform, migration, climate change and enabling infrastructure. Focus extends to addressing spatial inequality in both urban and rural contexts.

The participants included a range of stakeholders from Civil Society (urban and rural focussed), organised agriculture, private professionals, banking sector, and government officials and parliamentarians.

A range of presentations were made and breakaway sessions workshopped key issues. Organisations were encouraged in the closing to make any further inputs by submission to

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