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New land Bill not unreasonable

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Again, those requirements seem to be logical and would open up swathes of land to be looked at for land reform.


12 Oct 2020
PREMIUM!
New land Bill not unreasonable

The fence of Jan van der Bank's farm in Hammanskraal, 16 September 2020. Jan's farm is slowly being taken over by illegal intruders that he is unable to prevent from entering his land. The intruders break and even steal sections of his fence regularly. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The news that government is one step closer to expropriating land without compensation – coming as it does as the issue of farm murders flares up – will have many, both inside and outside the agricultural sector – fearing for their future. The chief state law advisor has certified the Expropriation Bill, paving the way for the Bill to be gazetted and submitted to parliament. Yet, a dispassionate reading of the conditions under which expropriation can take place does offer some comfort to those who think their land can be seized on a whim by the government. On Sunday, various...

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