Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Maite Nkoane-Mashabane, says instances of land grabs are signs of frustration with the slow pace of land reform.
She was delivering her Department’s budget for the 2018/19 financial year.
Nkoane-Mashabane says despite government’s progress, too many people are not feeling its economic impact.
“To improve efficiencies in the land restitution program, we commit to strengthen the capacity of the Commission on the Restitution of Land Rights. This will include consideration of a suitable operating model, a redesign of the claims process to reduce the unnecessary bureaucracy to fast track settlement of claims.”
Mashabane, says government aims to acquire nearly 100-thousand hectares of land for redistribution purposes.
“The Department plans to acquire 98 100 hectares of land through proactive acquisition strategy. Financial partnerships and Phakisa had many white land owners to say we are prepared to participate more into this…”