2024-w210 - 17 April 2024

Nthako Sam Matiase to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

With reference to settled land restitution claims, what (a) total number of the resettled claimants have entered into strategic partnership arrangements with strategic partners and (b) are the names of the (i) specified resettled claimants and (ii) strategic partners with whom they entered into agreements?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 17 Apr 2024

(a) The Commission on Restitution of Land Rights (CRLR) does not keep a record of strategic partnerships entered into by settled land restitution claimants. Once property is transferred, the transferee may enter into partnerships in their own legal capacity. The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) has however, through the Land Development Support (LDS) Programme, assisted fourteen (14) restitution projects.

(b)(i),(ii) Please ...

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2024-w816 - 17 April 2024

Petrus Johannes Groenewald to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

(1) (a) Who are the trustees and (b) how were they appointed to be trustees of the Maele Trust Structure which was established in terms of an agreement to assure a sustainable legal and business model for the future of the Ba Ga-Motlhware and associated clans, consisting of the Maele Tribal Community Development Trust (IT 52/2019) and the Maele Royal Trust (IT 53/2019); (2) what total (a) percentage and (b) amount of income of the specified trust benefited the (i) Maele Tribal Community Development Trust and (ii) Maele Royal Trust for the past five financial years; (3) what (a) total number of outstanding land restitution claims with regard to the subject Maele territory of concern has not been finalised since 1 January 1998 and (b) are the reasons that the claims have not yet been finalised?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 17 Apr 2024

 

(1)(a),(b) The Commission on Restitution of Land Rights does not have any record for Maele Trust. The Honourable Member is requested to provide more information and location of the said trust to enable the Department to respond to the question.

(2)(a),(b)(i),(ii) Falls away.

(3) The Commission does not have any record of land claims in respect of Maele territory.

(a),(b) Falls away.

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2024-w494 - 17 April 2024

Babalwa Mathulelwa to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What urgent steps of intervention have been taken to develop smallscale farmers who have previously requested assistance with storage and processing machinery in (a) Mbizana, (b) Mthatha and (c) Matatiele in the Eastern Cape?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 17 Apr 2024

a) Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Municipality (WMM)

Storage:

  • WMM Local Municipality (LM): mechanization center at Mbizana Rural Enterprise Development (RED) Hub at Dyifani (Ward 31) that has 2 silos for maize storage.
  • There are also 4 multi-purpose sheds that will assist with the storage and packaging of agricultural products in WMM LM at Mbongweni (Ward 14), Ndakeni (Ward 8), Nyaka (Ward 18) and Mbenya (Ward 32). ...
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2024-w804 - 17 April 2024

Thandeka Moloko Mbabama to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

On which legislative provisions does her department and/or the Government rely to prohibit the invasion of vacant land such as the one seen in Brandkop Farm near Loerie Park in Bloemfontein?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 17 Apr 2024

 

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development relies on the Trespass Act, 1959 (Act No. 6 of 1959) to prohibit the invasion of vacant land.

The Act provides for:

“Prohibition of entry or presence upon land and entry of or presence in buildings in certain circumstances:

(1) Any person who without the permission-

(a) of the lawful occupier of any ...

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2024-w137 - 17 April 2024

Noko Phineas Masipa to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What is the latest update on the progress made towards achieving land reform targets, including the (a) number of farms, (b) purchase costs, (c) post-settlement support, (d) annual input cost support, (e) productivity and (f) estimated turnover of each farm in each province from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2023?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 17 Apr 2024

(a) and(b)

The Land Redistribution and Tenure Reform programme acquired 239 farms while the Land Restitution programme acquired 970 farms from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2023 at the cost of R2 138 billion and R4 304 billion, respectively.

c) The Department through its Land Development Support programme has supported a total of 244 land reform farms across the country.

d) Production inputs ...

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2024-w546 - 17 April 2024

Noko Phineas Masipa to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

(1) What steps has her department taken to address the shortage of veterinary doctors in the Republic; (2) whether she has considered accelerating the registration of South African veterinary doctors who have studied abroad; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 17 Apr 2024

(1) As a means of addressing scarce and critical skills in the sector, the Department coordinates an External Bursary Scheme. The purpose of the scheme is to increase the pool of scientists and skilled professionals. The Department rates veterinary science as one of the scarce skills; as such each year bursaries are awarded to qualifying young people to pursue this field of study at ...

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2024-w753 - 17 April 2024

Constance Nonhlanhla Mkhonto to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

(1) Whether there is any system in place to ensure that the price of communal land is uniform throughout the Republic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details. (2) whether her department uses a reference guide to allocate land to foreign nationals; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 17 Apr 2024

  1. No. There is no system in place to regulate the price for communal land since the land is held in trust by the Minister on behalf of communities and is not for sale.
  2. No. The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development does not use any reference guide to allocate land to foreign nationals as foreign nationals are not eligible for land allocation ...
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2024-w551 - 17 April 2024

(narrative) to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What does the Constitution of the Rooiwal Communal Property Association say about (a) non-members (names furnished), (b) politicians and (c) family members (details furnished) who are elected to the executive committee?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 17 Apr 2024

 

(a) In terms of clause 12.5 of the Rooiwal Communal Property Association’s constitution, individuals who are non-members of the Communal Property Association (CPA) can be elected to the executive committee of the CPA.

(b) The Restitution of Land Rights Act, 1994 (Act No. 22 of 1994) does not disqualify a person who holds political office from being a claimant or a beneficiary, therefore ...

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2024-w669 - 17 April 2024

Noko Phineas Masipa to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What progress has been made at the Agricultural Research Council to build a dedicated Foot and Mouth Disease facility tasked with developing vaccines for the livestock farmers affected by the specified disease?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 17 Apr 2024

The development of a modern Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) production facility would be an international showcase of South Africa’s capabilities.  As this is a specialised building, highly skilled external consulting engineers and other specialists have been appointed to develop a concept layout and detailed design of the manufacturing process.

The following key steps have been completed:

  • Construction related firms such as engineering, architectural, ...
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2024-w290 - 17 April 2024

Noko Phineas Masipa to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What is the latest update regarding the R150 million allocated by her department for small-scale farmer training and capacity-building programmes that commenced in September 2021, including (a) a breakdown of how the R150 million has been utilised, (b) the list of names of the companies responsible for facilitating the capacity-building programme and the associated costs for her department, (c) an overview of the selection process of the specified companies, (d) the mechanisms in place for monitoring and controlling the work of the facilitating companies and (e) the expected timeline for the completion of the training?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 17 Apr 2024

The Department did not allocate an amount of R150 million for small scale farmer training and capacity building.

(a),(b),(c),(d),(e) Falls away.

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