CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
The National Assembly on Tuesday agreed to
the principle of the expropriation of land without compensation.
expropriation of land must be conducted within the context of
ensuring food security, economic growth and radical economic
transformation, said Nonceba Mhlauli, spokesperson of the
African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament.
Assembly accepted amendments tabled by the ANC, according to
Under the ANC
amendments, the Constitutional Review Committee of Parliament
will review Section 25 of the Constitution and other clauses
where necessary to sufficiently cater for the principle of land
expropriation without compensation, said Mhlauli.
The Committee has
been directed to prioritize this issue and report back to
Parliament by August 30 this year.
The move by the
National Assembly is in line with the resolution of the 54th
National Conference of the ANC late last year which resolved
that the ANC should, as a matter of policy, pursue expropriation
of land without compensation.
The ANC conference,
however, stressed that land expropriation without compensation
should be pursued without destabilizing the agricultural sector,
endangering food security in the country, or undermining
economic growth and job creation.
In his first State
of Nation Address earlier this month, Cyril Ramaphosa, ANC
President and the President of South Africa, made a commitment
that the government would continue the land reform program that
entails expropriation of land without compensation, making use
of all mechanisms at the disposal of the state.
Ramaphosa said this
will be implemented in a manner that will increase agricultural
production, improve food security, and ensure that the land is
returned to those from whom it was taken under the brutality of
colonialism and apartheid.
“The ANC in
Parliament appreciates the need to take bold steps that will
transform our economy including land ownership and reform,”
The latest move by
the National Assembly heralds a new era of intensified land
distribution to address the long standing national grievance of
South African blacks around land dispossession, said Mhlauli.
“We look forward to
the outcome of the constitutional review processes on the
modalities of expropriation of land without compensation. As the
ANC in Parliament, we will closely monitor this process,” he
Since taking power
in 1994, the ANC has made land redistribution from whites to
blacks without compensation one of its main policies.
But land remains
predominantly in white hands more than two decades after the end
of apartheid, sparking growing discontent among South African
strongly opposes compulsory purchases of land, saying this would
kill jobs and threaten food security.
business community applauds new cabinet appointments
JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) --
The South African business community
on Tuesday applauded the selection of Cabinet ministers by
President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday night.
Nhlanhla Nene and
Pravin Gordhan bounced back in the cabinet as finance and public
enterprise ministers respectively.
Nene was fired from
the National Treasury by former president, Jacob Zuma in 2015.
Business Unity SA (Busa)
welcomed the appointment of Mondli Gungubele as deputy minister
of finance. Gungubele, an outspoken critic of corruption,
“particularly with respect to state-owned enterprises was be the
best person for the job,” said Busa.
Busa CEO Tanya Cohen
said she also welcomed the stability provided by retaining Trade
and Industry Minister Rob Davies, Economic Development Minister
Ebrahim Patel, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Minister
Senzeni Zokwana, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and
Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant.
“Jeff Radebe into
the energy ministers provides a welcome sign that there will be
consultation on the integrated resource plan and integrated
energy plan, which will provide the much-needed framework and
direction for energy planning, pricing and resourcing,” she
reshuffle saw 10 ministers dropped and 10 new appointments made,
bringing sweeping change to the Cabinet. He appointed former
Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza as deputy president amid
allegations of scandals hanging on his head.
Ramaphosa appointed Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to be minister in the
Presidency responsible for monitoring and planning. She was his
rival in the ANC’s elective conference in December,
In his address to
the media Monday night, Ramaphosa said, he had started reviewing
the configuration of the Cabinet in terms of the size and number
of national ministries and departments, but the reshuffle would
not introduce these changes.
“We will retain the
existing ministries and departments until that review is
completed,” Ramaphosa said.
captains of industry welcomed the replacing of Mosebenzi Zwane
with Gwede Mantashe as mineral resources minister.
The Chamber of Mines
and law firm Herbert Smith Freehills said on Tuesday, Mantashe,
a former National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) general secretary,
is “a man of integrity and dignity, and who brings with him a
sound and fundamental knowledge of the industry he will lead and
enable. He is a person with whom our industry has long held a
constructive and respectful relationship.”
poultry producers seek protection against dumping
JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) --
The stakeholders in the poultry industry on
Tuesday held a special forum in Johannesburg and recommended
that imports be reduced by 50 percent and local producers asking
for protection against dumping.
The forum was
attended by representatives from government, poultry producers,
research institutions and civil society lobby groups in the
It was revealed
during the forum that the poultry sector faces high input costs
(like grain feed) and large volumes of cheap imported chicken,
mostly from the EU, Brazil and the US. It was said the imports
from the EU are highly subsidized.
director of agri-processing in the Department of Trade and
Industry, said they are proposing some measures to make the
poultry sector viable. These include trade measures, a review of
technical tariff structures, competitiveness and a lowering of
“The government is
doing what it can, but the important thing is to ensure that the
public is aware of the issues in order to pay allegiance to
locally grown and produced products. This, in turn, will also
assist the distressed poultry industry,” said Mothebe.
The sector was
organized by Proudly South Africa (SA) which advocates for the
local products to be bought and used.
Fair Play, a poultry
lobby organization called for anti-dumping measures to be put in
place. Fair Play CEO Francois Baird called for the the zero VAT
(value added tax) rating of South African poultry products to
help poor South African consumers.
The country imports
about 90 percent of mechanically deboned meat. .