23 May, 2018
Regulation of Agricultural Land Holdings Bill - Article & Developments
|Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. Picture: NTSWE MOKOENA
Please find below for your information an article that appeared in
Business Day regarding the Minister of DRDLR's budget
vote in Parliament.
the report, Minister
to (a) "fast-track" the promulgation of the Regulation of
Agricultural Land Holdings Bill (which concerns registering
ownership of agricultural land, limiting foreign ownership
of land and the imposition of land ceilings) as well as (b),
publishing the valuation regulations i.r.o. the Property
Valuation Act (they are still in draft form).
FSA has been
dealing with both these highly contentious issues for some
time and members have been continually updated on
developments. It is our view that the Minister was engaging
in "politicking" when she made these comments. This is
because of the following:
of Agricultural Land Holdings Bill
protracted negotiations at Nedlac, the DRDLR informed them
about two months ago that they were withdrawing the Bill.
This means that the DRDLR will have to redraft the Bill and
resubmit it to Nedlac. Only once this process has been
completed, the new Draft Bill will be gazetted and then go
through the normal Parliamentary approval process (including
a public participation process). The upshot of this is that
the promulgation of this Act is still a long way off.
i.r.o. Property Valuation Act
these regulations do not have to go through a formal
approval process and can thus be simply published as "final"
regulations, they are not only highly contentious but, in
our view, unconstitutional. The Valuer General is well
aware of this as he is of the fact that should they be
implemented, he will be taken to Court. Members are reminded
that the FSA Exco took a decision to help fund a "legal
fund" for this purpose.
that this will put member's minds at ease. FSA will, as
always, keep members abreast of developments on both these
Regulation of Agricultural Landholdings Bill Article
Source: Business Day