Question NW164 to the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

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07 August 2019 - NW164

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What number of (a) district land reform committees have been established in each province (i) in each of the past 10 years and (ii) since 1 January 2019 and (b) the specified committees are still functional; (2) what are the details of (a) the mandate of district land reform committees and (b) how the committees are constituted; (3) whether her department still recognises district land reform committees; if not, what is the current status of the committees; if so, what are the relevant details of the applicable legislation on which her department relies in its recognition of the committees; (4) whether private sector stakeholders are still involved in the district land reform committees; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. (a),(i) Please refer to the table below.

Province

EC

FS

GP

KZN

LP

MP

NC

NW

WC

Total

Number of DLRCs

6

5

3

10

5

3

5

4

5

46

(ii0 None

(b) No, they are suspended for review of their functions.

(2) (a) Mandate: To support Government to resolve the slow pace of land redistribution in South Africa, and the lack of successful implementation of policy at the local level.

(b) DLRCs consist of a multi sectoral group of key stakeholders: Private sector, Organized Agriculture, farmers associations, civil society with interest in Land issues and Government.

(3) Yes. In 2018, the Department undertook a decision to review the terms of reference of the committees. The DLRCs are established in terms of Chapter 6 of the National Development plan (NDP) as the guiding framework for the Department.

(4) Yes. The composition as articulated in the Terms of Reference includes private sector stakeholders.

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