Proudly South African

What's new

  • Minister to handover the Gallawater Farm under the One Household One Hectare Programme +

    Minister for Rural Development and Land Reform Mr Gugile Nkwinti will on Friday 24 November 2017 handover the Gallawater Farm near Queenstown in the Chris Hani District Municipality in the Read More
  • Implementation and Design Evaluation of the Animal and Veld Management Programme (AVMP) +

    Approval of the Animal and Veld Management Programme (AVMP) Design and Implementation Evaluation Report by the Director General: Rural Development and Land Reform. Read more   Read More
  • Department to commemorate International Day of Rural Women +

    The Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mrs. KC Mashego Dlamini will, on Tuesday 31 October 2017, engage women governance structures and beneficiaries of rural development and land Read More
  • Department of Rural Development and Land Reform Annual Report, 1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017 +

    Department of Rural Development and Land Reform Annual Report, 1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017 View it here Read More
  • The International Day of Rural Women +

    The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform joins the rest of the world in commemorating the International Day of Rural Women today Sunday, 15 October 2017. Real more Read More
  • Commission to change land claims settlement models +

    The Commission on Restitution of Land Rights is hosting an Urban Development Dialogue for collaborative discussions with stakeholders that will ensure that integrated urban development takes place on land that Read More
  • Land Claims Commission to host urban development dialogue +

    The Chief Land Claims Commissioner, Ms Nomfundo Ntloko-Gobodo will on 12 and 13 October 2017 host an Urban Development Dialogue to discuss urban land settlement models for land restitution beneficiaries. Read More
  • 1

 

Home

DEPUTY MINISTER SKWATSHA ADDRESSES CONSULTATIVE CONFERENCE
26 JUNE 2017

The Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Mr Mcebisi Skwatsha says land is a fundamental asset to change the lives of people for the better. The minister made these remarks in his keynote address during a two day stakeholders consultative Conference at Birchwood Hotel, in Boksburg which ended on Saturday 24 June.

Addressing delegates who included traditional leaders, members of Trusts and Traditional Councils, District Land Reform Committees, and other structures in municipalities, the Deputy Minister reminded the gathering that the land question was a fundamental cause of liberation struggles over the years.

He added that the proposed programmes and policies that were being consulted upon sought to facilitate what should be done in rural areas to improve the lives of people, whom he said cannot go to bed hungry when there is land in abundance.

“We are determine to overcome the legacy of inequality and injustice created by Colonialism and Apartheid, in a swift, progressive and principled way and to develop a sustainable economy and state infrastructure that will progressively improve the quality of life of all South Africans” said the Deputy Minister.

Deputy Minister Skwatsha, said government wants to change lives of ordinary South African and was therefore following the path of radical socio- economic transformation. “We realised that communities do not always have the necessary tools to deal with challenges they are facing regarding their land” he continued.

“As government we are in pursuit of an inclusive economy. Our aim is to turn South Africa into a construction site”, the deputy minister added.

Delegates at the conference deliberated on programs, proposed legislation and policies of the department including the An Agri-park programme. The programme is a networked innovation system of agro-production, processing, logistics, marketing, training and extension services, located in District Municipalities. As a network it enables a market-driven combination and integration of various agricultural activities and rural transformation services.

The establishment of Agri-Parks in all 44 district municipalities in South Africa is set to transform the rural economy by among others, creating a market and support for small holder farmers, creating employment opportunities for rural communities, infrastructure development and revitalizing the agriculture and agro-processing value chain.

Delegates were divided into commissions which deliberate on five thematic areas:
 Objective and principals of communal land tenure bill,
 conferral of land rights (Conversion, transfer, and registration),
 institutional roles and role relationships,
 communal land management,
 and award of comparable redress.

---END---
Issued by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform Enquiries: Ms Linda Page - Chief Director: Strategic Communications |Tel: +27 12 312 8502 | Cell: 083 4604 482/ 071 334 3479| Eviction Toll-free Number 0800 007 095 I This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. I www.drdlr.gov.za

For more information follow us on @DRDLR_online, visit www.drdlr.gov.za or Facebook: Department of Rural Development and Land Reform.

Visitors Statistics

Articles View Hits
6717324