Politics

Foreigners should not be able to own land without local consent – Dept of Rural Development and Land Reform

By Andy Rice 17 August 2010

A new green paper drafted by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform will bar foreigners from owning land in South Africa without the consent of local communities. The spokesperson for the Department told the SABC that the paper was already on its way to Cabinet for approval. The new rules for foreign land ownership is just one of the new proposals, so presumably there may be other nasty surprises in the paper. The purpose of this new policy is supposedly to address current land ownership imbalances, in which 83% of the commercial land in the country is owned by white farmers and businesses. Read more: SAPA, via Business Report.

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