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PANEL RELEASES LAND REFORM REPORT

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Source SAnews.gov.za | Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 11:54
Panel releases land reform report

The Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture has proposed for an amendment of the Constitution. Photo: Constitution Hill

NATIONAL NEWS - The Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture has proposed for the amendment of the Constitution that clarifies that expropriation without compensation may be necessary in limited circumstances.The proposal contained wide-ranging recommendations that will see government implement a fair and equitable redistribution. The recommendations, which are contained in the final report of the Presidential Expert Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture, was released on Sunday. Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza, accompanied by members of the panel, released the report. President Cyril Ramaphosa in September last year appointed the panel to support the work of the Inter Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Land Reform and to advise the IMC on a broad range of policy matters associated with land reform, including restitution, redistribution, tenure security and agricultural support.

The final report has been noted by Cabinet.

Delivering the report, panel chairperson Dr Vuyo Mahlati said the panel over the time met and discussed with relevant ministers and experts on several platforms. Panel members were Prof Ruth Hall, Prof Mohammed Karaan, Adv Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, Bulelwa Mabasa, Dr Thandi Ngcobo, Wandile Sihlobo, Daniel Kriek, Thato Moagi and Nick Serfontein. “It was incumbent on each member of the panel to hear the cries of the majority of our ancestors who were dispossessed of the land of their birth through blood shed and untold pain, but to also be mindful of the hopes and dreams of our future generations for a just, prosperous and egalitarian country.

“The premises of the work undertaken by the panel is the firm belief that land reform could enable social cohesion, deliver social justice and restore dignity to the majority of people of our country,” she said. The panel, she added, also believed that land reform can contribute to inclusive growth and sustainable development. She said the panel was hopeful that the recommendations contained in the report would contribute to expediting land reform objectives as directed by the Constitution. In its findings, the panel in the report said critical issues of land hunger, insecurity of tenure with the majority land rights that are not legally recognised in both rural and urban areas, are threatening stability, inclusive growth and development. With 80% of urban dwellers residing on only 2% of the country’s land, a radical shift was required in land reform trajectory, the panel found.
“This is exacerbated by government’s reluctance, we believe, to address communal tenure and underdevelopment of communal areas perpetuating the marginalisation of women, the rural poor and the communal farmers, in general,” she said. The report provides recommendations for immediate action, among these is the allocation of land, building on and refocusing private partnerships and strengthening of food systems and rural urban linkages. The report further calls for a consolidated national land reform policy framework with a new whitepaper that will address current gaps to include urban land, address spatial transformation and climate change. “The framework must also add land administration as the fourth pillar, retaining and strengthening land restitution, redistribution and tenure, as indicated in the 1997 land national land policy,” Mahlati said. In the report, the panel calls for the expedition and refocus of land reform to address inequality and historical injustices.
“South Africa has made world headlines as the most unequal country. The report attributes the persisting inequalities to the manner in which land is owned, managed and transacted. ” The panel in the report urges President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Cabinet to expedite land reform by using all its powers to resolving all outstanding land restitution claims, release lease acquired private land and much more effectively identify privately owned land needed for redistribution. Land redistribution without compensation. Regarding land redistribution without compensation, the majority of panel members endorsed the proposed policy shift towards using provisions of the Constitution. “The majority of the panel felt it is an inescapable fact that Section 25 of the Constitution is compensation centric… it draws from global examples where it is inextricably linked to some form of compensation. The panel has therefore offered a proposal for a constitutional amendment that clarifies that expropriation without compensation may be necessary in limited circumstances, and we do indicate those circumstances,” she said.

The panel said some members felt compensation may be zero in justifiable circumstances.
Another recommendation was for the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development to finalise the database of applications under the land reform labour tenants of 1996 and prepare a proper time bound and publicly available plan for implementation. “We call on Parliament to monitor implementation of this plan and to amend regulation to the act addressing labour tenants and restitution claims. Those whose claims have been lost must have an opportunity to resubmit and the Department must identify claims where expropriation may be used to break the deadlock,” Mahlati said. As a game changer to land reform, the panel proposed a bold approach of recognising and recording the varying tenure rights that exist in the country, saying 60% of land rights in South Africa were not recorded or recognised. The panel in the report also calls the reform of the Land Claims Court, the establishment of Land Reform Fund that will bring together state and private finance to support land reform – both the acquisition of land and support for beneficiaries thereafter.

The panel also recommended the development of a Donations Policy, which encourages landowners to donate properties, or part of their properties, by offering exemptions from donations tax, and carrying the conveyancing costs of land transfer. Minister Didiza, on behalf of the Cabinet, appreciated and thanked the Advisory Panel for the work done and the speed with which they have completed the task. “The panel was to advise government on circumstances in which the policy on expropriation without compensation will be implemented, what procedures to follow and institutions to enforce as well as the rights of any affected persons, including the rights to judicial review. In a sense this process of the panel was to do a review and also be forward looking in anticipation of the Constitutional Amendments,” the Minister said.

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BEKOSTIGBARE LANDELIKE LEEFSTYL BY DIE SEE

- GENERAL NEWSBEKOSTIGBARE LANDELIKE LEEFSTYL BY DIE SEE



Meer as 50 nuwe huise is reeds gebou en in aanbou.
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Die landgoed se groot sekuriteitsingang is reeds voltooi.

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Die 56 hektaar landgoed spog met 'n 16 hektaar park wat einde verlede jaar ingewy is met 'n pretstap. Elk kon die pragtige natuur beleef met unieke wandelpaaie en rusbankies. Die plan is om hierdie park in al sy glorie verder te ontwikkel .

Toekomstige versorgingsdienste
Die planne vir die mediese versorgings-sentrum , wat langs die landgoed gelee sal wees, vorder fluks. Die voordele hiervan is legio en die inwoners is dankbaar en opgewonde oor hierdie naburige fasiliteite.

Verskeidenheid van goed ontwikkelende argiteksplanne
Verskeie bekostigbare leefstylopsies is in beplanning. Belangstellendes kan van die meer as 40 reeds geboude huise op afspraak besoek ten einde hul eie planopsies saam te stel.



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Besoek Rheebok Village-landgoed vandag! 'n hekwag sal u by die hek verwelkom en u verwys na die agent aan diens om al u vrae te beantwoord.

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VOORTREKKERS TREK SAAM BY SEE IN SWARTVLEI

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Die weer het darem meeste van die tyd saamgespeel.

GEORGE NUUS - Nie eers die moontlikheid van slegte weer kon verlede week die geesdrif demp toe Voortrekkers van oor Suid-Afrika bymekaargekom het vir hul jaarlikse kamp by Swartvlei buite Sedgefield nie.

Die sowat 520 kinders, voorskools tot gr. 7 en sowat 180 volwassenes, het saamgetrek vir 'n Voortrekker-gebiedskamp. Die kinders was hoofsaaklik van Gauteng, Limpopo, Noordwes en Mpumalanga. Daar was ook kinders van die Wes-Kaap.

In 'n stadium verlede week het die organiseerders 'n weerwaarskuwing ontvang dat slegte weer op pad is en teen die naweek die gebied sou bereik.

Daar is toe besluit om die tente as voorsorgmaatreël al Vrydag af te slaan en die kinders is in sale by Sedgefield gehuisves.

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HOMEOWNERS ADVISED TO REDUCE DEBT

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This is while interest rates remain stable.

Homeowners need to prepare not only for potential inflation-activated interest rate increases, but also a significant rise in household expenses.
PROPERTY NEWS - The South African Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee’s decision to keep interest rates unchanged for at least the next two months, was in line with most analysts’ expectations, but raised a few eyebrows after a slight drop in inflation triggered hopes for a potential interest rate decrease from some.

With the repo rate now pegged at 6.75%, the prime lending rate at 10.25% and minimum repayments on all forms of credit remaining unchanged, the Reserve Bank’s decision offers consumers little in the way of tangible financial relief.

However, Tony Clarke, MD of the Rawson Property Group, says this time presents a valuable opportunity for existing and prospective homeowners, nonetheless.

“In terms of inflation, this could well be the calm before the storm,” says Clarke. “The Monetary Policy Committee has already vocalised concerns over the upward pressure Eskom’s electricity tariff hikes and unstable international oil prices will have on inflation. If these influences cause the inflation rate to rise much beyond the Central Bank’s preferred target midpoint of 4.5%, we could well see the repo and prime lending rates start to climb once again.”

Read more on how inflation influences the repo and prime lending rates, here.

Eskom’s electricity tariff increases amount to an effective 14% and will start affecting consumers in most municipalities well before the end of this year. (The city of Johannesburg has announced a 13% increase as of 1 June.) Water tariffs are also on the rise, adding to the financial pressure on consumers already burdened with petrol prices at their highest levels in six months.

As a result, Clarke says homeowners need to prepare not only for potential inflation-activated interest rate increases, but also a significant rise in household expenses.

“We would have loved to have seen an interest rate decrease giving homeowners a bit of breathing room to prepare for rising costs coming down the pipeline, but the unchanged interest rate still offers an important chance to consolidate finances, pay off debt and boost savings as much as possible,” he says.

“This will go a long way towards minimising the effect any interest rate increases will have on the security of consumers’ property investments and help new purchasers cover their necessary fees and deposits, despite tight financial times.”

While the situation may sound dire, Clarke says comparatively high interest rates on an international level will fuel foreign investment and boost both the economy and the property market in the long run.

This, he says, together with the short-term price-growth stagnation that has been affecting properties across the country, makes now a surprisingly favourable time for property investors with the means to get in on the action and capitalise on future growth prospects.

“Price stabilisation means there are plenty of well-priced properties available, and lenders are coming to the table with some very competitive mortgage rates,” he says.

“I definitely wouldn’t recommend overextending yourself in these liminal moments, but using this time to buy low and pay off as much debt as possible could put you in a strong position for the future.”

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SOUTH AFRICANS SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE TO POLITICIANS

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Provisional results indicate that the ANC will continue to govern, albeit with a reduced majority.
ELECTION NEWS - Although the Electoral Commission is only expected to make a final declaration on the 2019 national and provincial election much later this afternoon, provisional results indicate that the ANC will continue to govern, albeit with a reduced majority.

In 2014, the ruling party amassed 62.15% of the national vote. This year the ANC managed 57.51% (10,026,385 votes) support. 2019 was the third year the ANC posted a decline in support.

Similarly, national support for the Democratic Alliance dwindled from 22.23% in 2014 to 20.77% (3,621,188) in 2019. The 2019 results reversed the steady growth the party experienced since 2004.

The EFF, on the other hand, did not reach the 12% national support that many polls predicted in the run-up to the election, yet managed to get double figures when the final tally put the party's 2019 national support at 10.79% of the vote. In 2014, the EFF managed 6.35% of the support. The EFF retains their position as the official opposition in Limpopo and the North West, and will now become the new official opposition in Mpumalanga.

In total, 17,671,439 (65.99 %) voters participated in the election. However, had the spoilt votes (235,451) been a political party, it would have garnered more national support than the ACDP (146,262) and GOOD (70,408) parties combined.

Votes for the Inkatha Freedom Party (588,839) and Freedom Front Plus (414,864) placed the parties in the national top ten party list in the 2019 elections.

The top five political parties in the national vote are:
ANC (57.56%), DA (20.77%), EFF (10.79%), IFP (3.38%), and FF Plus (2.38%).

Freedom Front Plus Western Cape leader and chief whip in Parliament, Corné Mulder explained to News24 that the FF+ will increase their representation in Parliament from 4 seats to 10 seats. He said the EFF representation will go from 25 seats to 44 seats (+19), and the IFP will increase their representation from 10 seats to 14 seats.

Conversely, the DA will have four fewer members in Parliament, going from 89 seats to 85 seats. The ANC will forfeit 19 seats, going from 249 seats to 230 seats.
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DA LOOKING FORWARD TO ANOTHER 5 YEARS OF MAKING PROGRESS TOGETHER

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ELECTION NEWS - The people of the Western Cape have placed their trust in the DA to govern the Western Cape with an outright majority.

"We are grateful to voters who came out in their thousands to vote on Wednesday, despite the rain and IEC difficulties, to give us a decisive mandate for the next five years. We thank you for placing your trust in the DA – we won’t take your vote for granted and will use it responsibly," DA Premier candidate Alan Winde said in a press statement.

"We will keep fighting for you, and will deliver on our promise to residents. We will keep growing the economy to deliver more jobs for our people. We will fight for a provincial police service, so that the Western Cape receives the police resources it deserves. And we will fight to run a provincial train service that works and runs on time.

"The Western Cape is already recognised as the best province in the country. Our job for the next five years is to make it even better. We will remain focused on speeding up delivery of basic services, and the best education and healthcare systems in the country," Winde said.
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ANC WINS 2019 ELECTION WITH A REDUCED MAJORITY

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ANC wins 2019 elections.

ELECTION NEWS - The IEC has declared the results of the 2019 national and provincial election despite complaints by several of the smaller political parties that called for an independent audit of all the election results.

Both the ANC (230 seats) and DA (84 seats) will return to Parliament with fewer seats. The ANC has recorded a reduced majority of 57.5%. The DA has dropped to 20.76% from its 22.2% in 2014.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), however, increased their representation in Parliament from 25 seats to 44 seats.



The sixth Parliament will see newcomers GOOD and ATM (two seats each) join the ranks of the IFP (14 seats), Freedom Front Plus (10 seats), ACDP (2 seats), UDM (2 seats), AIC (2 seats), NFP (2 seats), GOP (2 seats). They will be joined by the PAC and Aljama with one seat each.

The ANC retained the eight provinces it governed after a nail-biting wait for the final results in Gauteng. Gauteng will be governed with a slim ANC majority of 50.1%.

The seat allocation for the provincial legislatures are:



WESTERN CAPE:

DA: 24 (down 2)
ANC: 12 (down 2)
EFF: 2 (up 1)
GOOD: 1 (new)
ACDP: 1 (no change)
VF+: 1 (up 1)
ALJAMA: 1 (up 1)
GAUTENG:
ANC: 37 (down 3)
DA: 20 (down 3)
EFF: 11 (up 3)
VF+: 3 (up 2)
IFP: 1 (no change)
ACDP: 1 (up 1)



EASTERN CAPE:

ANC: 44 (down 1)
DA: 10 (no change)
EFF: 5 (up 3)
UDM: 2 (down 2)
ATM: 1 (new)
VF+: 1 (up 1)



FREE STATE:

ANC: 19 (down 3)
DA: 6 (up 1)
EFF: 4 (up 2)
VF+: 1 (no change)



KWAZULU/NATAL:

ANC: 44 (down 8 )
IFP: 13 (up 4)
DA: 11 (up 1)
EFF: 8 (up 6)
NFP: 1 (down 5)
MF: 1 (no change)
ATM: 1 (new)
ACDP: 1 (up 1)
LIMPOPO:
ANC: 40 (up 1)
EFF: 7 (up 1)
DA: 2 (down 1)



MPUMALANGA:

ANC: 21 (down 3)
EFF: 4 (up 2)
DA: 3 (no change)
VF+: 1 (up 1)
BRA: 1 (no change)



NORTHERN CAPE:

ANC: 18 (down 2)
DA: 8 (up 1)
EFF: 3 (up 1)
VF+: 1 (up 1)
North West:
ANC: 21 (down 2)
EFF: 6 (up 1)
DA: 4 (no change)
VF+: 2 (up 1)
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FUEL PRICE TO INCREASE BY 54C ON WEDNESDAY

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The increase takes the petrol price back towards the record territory reached last year.



Petrol has increased by more than R4 since January.
NATIONAL NEWS - On Sunday, the department of energy revealed that a much-anticipated petrol price increase will be kicking in next month.

The price of both grades of petrol – 93 octane and 95 octane unleaded (ULP) and lead replacement petrol (LRP) – will increase by 54c/l with effect from midnight on Tuesday, the department announced.

Diesel 0.05 percent sulphur will increase by 1c/l, while the price of diesel 0.005 percent sulphur would remain unchanged, the department said in a statement on Sunday.

The wholesale price of illuminating paraffin would increase by 3c/l and the single maximum national retail price (SMNRP) of illuminating paraffin would increase by 4c/l. The maximum retail price for LPGas would increase by 84c/kg.

The department cited international factors, including the rand’s value against the dollar-denominated oil price. They said that the increase was not as high as initially feared.

Petrol has increased by more than R4 since January.

Unexpectedly strong international fuel prices had earlier raised the spectre of an unwelcome fuel price hike for petrol users at the end of April, according to the unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund, the Automobile Association said earlier this month. They predicted an increase of 56c per litre for petrol.

“The international product price of diesel climbed somewhat in the first half of April, while petrol has made a substantial jump. Diesel’s smaller increase is likely due to variations in international refining capacity, as well as the approaching end of the northern hemisphere winter when demand for diesel fuels for use in peaking power plants and as a heating fuel diminishes,” said the AA.



The price of both grades of petrol – 93 octane and 95 octane unleaded (ULP) and lead replacement petrol (LRP) – will increase by 54c/l with effect from midnight on Tuesday.

“The ground gained by the local currency has cushioned some of the blow, with diesel currently showing a slight decrease. But petrol users are in for a shock. Price stability in illuminating paraffin is welcome as South Africa heads into its own winter, during which many households will be using paraffin as a heating fuel. But the rise in petrol is cause for concern when our economy is already in difficult waters,” the AA concluded.

In their statement, the energy department said: “The settling of contagion risks from emerging markets provided a foundation for the rand’s strengthening trend. This decreased the contribution on the basic fuel price of petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin by about 13c/l.”

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MOODY’S IN EFFECT KEEPS SA AT INVESTMENT GRADE

- GENERAL NEWSMOODY’S IN EFFECT KEEPS SA AT INVESTMENT GRADE BY SKIPPING REVIEW DECISION



The US-based agency on Friday kept its Baa3 rating and stable outlook by simply skipping its March 29 assessment.


BUSINESS NEWS - The country appears to have dodged the ‘junk’ investment bullet again for now.

A month of bad news from Eskom regarding its generating capacity saw South Africans worry that the last of the big three ratings agencies, Moody’s, would lose faith in the country.

The US-based agency on Friday kept its Baa3 rating and stable outlook by simply skipping its March 29 assessment.

A short note was issued at nearly 1am SA time, Saturday morning, explaining the fact that the country had been among other entities skipped for assessment. No reasons were given.

Moody’s has skipped making an assessment on South Africa’s sovereign debt once before, and the next ratings action will now only have to be announced on November 1.

The other two major rating agencies, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch, had already downgraded the sovereign rating to “junk” in 2017, meaning only the Moody’s rating has allowed South Africa to stay on key bond investment indexes.

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"SARS MUST GUN FOR FAT CATS"

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The politically connected, those who received Bosasa bribes and cigarette kingpins should be targeted or ‘SA is in deep trouble’.



Acting Sars commissioner Mike Kingon during a briefing at the Sars offices in Pretoria, 1 April. Photo: Jacques Nelles
BUSINESS NEWS - Despite the SA Revenue Service managing to increase its tax collection for the financial year ended 31 March, it still saw a shortfall of R14.6 billion from what was estimated.

But the service has to start collecting debts from the politically connected if it wants to see an improvement, an expert says.

The revenue service released the preliminary revenue outcomes for the 2018-19 financial year, collecting R1.287 trillion, failing to reach its target of R1.302 trillion by 1.1%.

The main sources to contribute to the revenue figure were personal income tax, which contributed R493.8 billion (38.3%), value-added tax, which contributed R324.6 billion (25.2%), and company income tax, which raked in R214.7 billion (16.7%). Customs duties (4.3%) contributed R55.2 billion.

Compared with the 2019 budget estimate of R1.345 trillion, this resulted in a deficit of R57.4 billion, and a further R14.6 billion against the revised estimate of R1.302 trillion.

The debtor’s book, however, was the “deep” concern, standing at R145 billion after it had grown by R14 billion in the recent financial year, acting Sars commissioner Mark Kingon said. “It has grown at R14 billion, a significant increase… Some of the debt could be ancient. It goes back many years and the older a debt becomes, the more difficult it is to collect.”

This outstanding debt might not be recovered, though, as the economy was strained and some people have lost their jobs, economist Mike Schussler said.

“Municipalities are owed R130 billion and write-off R21 billion because people are using things they don’t pay for. The same for tax. It would be difficult.”

In 2016, former Sars commissioner Tom Moyane’s nephew allegedly received a multimillion-rand debt collection deal from the revenue service. Last year, Moyane denied any knowledge that his friend and businessperson Patrick Monyeki was doing business with Sars debt solutions provider New Integrated Credit Solutions.

“Sars would have to not just collect debt but also collect tax from politically connected people,” Schussler said.

Schussler fingered cigarette kingpin Adriano Mazzotti and those who received “Bosasa bribes” as some who should be targeted for tax collection.

“The cigarette industry owes between R8 billion and R10 billion and could cover a lot of holes. There seems to be a very slight attitude to paying taxes, like the ones who got Bosasa bribe money, which needs to be taxed.

“We don’t know what happened to EFF leader Julius Malema [and his alleged tax evasion]. There is a lot of evidence that people who are politically connected are not paying all the taxes. The morality of the tax system is under threat and it is frightening.”

“Getting R15 billion less says SA is in deep trouble. Government would have to borrow more money and cut back on spending.”

R29 billion of the outstanding tax debt was under dispute, Sars chief officer of finance Johnstone Makhubu said. “It does not mean when a debt is undisputed, it is collectable. Some has aged and some is related to fraud.”

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