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22 May 2020 - NW368

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Montwedi, Mr Mk to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether her department has any programmes to support commercial goat farmers in the (a) Chris Hani and (b) OR Tambo District Municipalities in the Eastern Cape; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

(a) The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) does not have national programme to support commercial goat farmers in the (a) Chris Hani and (b) OR Tambo District Municipalities in the Eastern Cape.

However, the Eastern Cape Provincial Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform (DRDAR) provides technical, advisory and veterinary support to goat farmers in the province of the Eastern Cape. Furthermore the DRDDAR in collaboration with the University of Fort Hare are improving local goat production through research and goat development programme.

Improved goats are distributed to local goat farmers under DRDAR Livestock Production Improvement programme in order to improve food security through goat production in communities.

22 May 2020 - NW586

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Montwedi, Mr Mk to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform

What measures has she put in place to support farmers through the Recapitalisation and Development Programme given that some farmers have already missed planting crops for the previous season?

Reply:

None. The Recapitalisation and Development Programme doesn’t exist in the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform.

22 May 2020 - NW473

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Masipa, Mr NP to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What is the total number of farms and/or land parcels that her department purchased in the Sarah Baartman District Municipality; (2) whether any other state-owned and/or government department (a) bought and/or (b) owns land in the specified district municipality; if so, (i) what are the details of each state-owned entity and/or department that purchased or owns land, (ii) under which programme has the land been purchased, (iii) in which year has it been purchased, (iv) what is the size of each piece of land, (v) who is the current owner and/or beneficiary on each farm and (vi) what are the details of the current use of the land; (3) whether a lease agreement exist on each land parcel; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, on which parcels were title deeds handed over?

Reply:

1. 287

2. (a), (b) Yes.

(i), (ii), (iii), (iv),(v),(vi) See attached Annexure A.

3. See Annexure A.

22 May 2020 - NW472

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

What is the total number of farms and/or land parcels that her department purchased in the Chris Hani District Municipality; (2) whether any other state-owned and/or government department (a) bought and/or (b) owns land in the specified district municipality; if so, (i) what are the details of each state-owned entity and/or department that purchased or owns land, (ii) under which programme has the land been purchased, (iii) in which year has it been purchased, (iv) what is the size of each piece of land, (v) who is the current owner and/or beneficiary on each farm and (vi) what are the details of the current use of the land; (3) whether a lease agreement exist on each land parcel; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, on which parcels were title deeds handed over?

Reply:

1. 205

(2) (a),(b) Yes

(i),(ii),(iii),(iv),(v),(vi) See attached Annexure A

3. See Annexure A

22 May 2020 - NW471

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

Whether (a) her department and (b) any lessees on state land owe money to the Great Fish River Water Association; if so, (i) what amount is outstanding, (ii) from what date has it been outstanding and (iii) on what date will it be paid?

Reply:

(a)  Yes, water use charge is regarded as a charge on land. However, where land is leased on a long-term basis, such liability gets passed to the lessee. In the event where the lessee fails to pay, the Department’s Policy provides for the possibility of stepping in to settle the debt and then recover the amount spent from the lessee.

(b)  Yes, in the context of the response to (a) above.

(i)  The estimation was R20, 438, 725.82 as at 20 March 2020.

(ii) From 2014.

(iii) The Department is working with the Great Fish River Water Association to reconcile the invoices and make payment as soon as that process is concluded.

22 May 2020 - NW470

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

Whether her department wrote letters to any farmers who are currently farming on state land to inform them to vacate the land; if so, (a) what number of farmers were affected, (b) what were the reasons given to each farmer who was asked to vacate the land and (c) what number of these letters were sent out since 1 April 2019 in each (i) district and (ii) province?

Reply:

Yes.

(a) 36

(b) See Annexure A

(c) See Annexure A

22 May 2020 - NW381

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Montwedi, Mr Mk to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether her department is investigating the allegations of corruption and unlawful evictions of the residents of erf 90 in Nyandeni Local Municipality Ward 8, Moyeni Location; if not, why not; if so, what assistance is her department giving to the residents of Ward 8 in Moyeni Location?

Reply:

No. No allegations of corruption and unlawful eviction have been reported to the Minister or the Department in this regard.

22 May 2020 - NW382

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Ndlozi, Dr MQ to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether she will meet the residents and the community of Ward 8, Moyeni Location, in Nyandeni Local Municipality to listen to their plight to avoid criminalisation of land activists?

Reply:

No. The Minister and the Department have not been provided with any request or information that justifies the Minister’s meeting with residents of Ward 8 in Nyandeni Local Municipality.

08 April 2020 - NW137

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

With reference to her reply to question 1594 on 19 December 2019, (a) under what programme and (b) in what year was each farm bought; (2) what number of the 472 farms with lease agreements have 30-year lease agreements; (3) whether she will furnishMrs A Steyn with a list of the (a) names of the farms, beneficiaries with GPS coordinates and (b) contact details for each farm with a lease agreement; if not, why not; if so, by what date; (4) whether she will furnishMrs A Steyn with a (a) list of the 432 farms with no lease agreement and (b) the number of farms in each category as stated in the reasons why it has no lease in place; if not, why not; if so, by what date; (5) whether she will furnishMrs A Steyn with a list of the farms where re-allocation is taking place, including the (a) names of the farms and beneficiaries, (b) GPS coordinates as well as contact details for each farm and (c) reason for re-allocation in each case; if not, why not; if so, by what date?

Reply:

1(a) 457 of the 472 farms were bought under the Land Redistribution Programme, whilst the balance are pre-1994 government properties.

1(b)

Year of Acquisition

Number of Farms

2006

2

2007

10

2008

59

2009

16

2010

36

2011

106

2012

81

2013

30

2014

36

2015

53

2016

24

2017

2

2018

1

2019

1

2. 472.

3. (a) Yes. Please see the attached Excel spread sheet titled, NA – PQ No. 137.2020 (EC).

(b) and (c) No, since the Department has had no time to consult with the individual lessees on whether they consent to have their personal information publicly disclosed.

4. No, since the public disclosure of farms without leases could expose them to the possibility of land invasions.

5. No, since the public disclosure of farms that are being reallocated could expose them to the possibility of land invasions.

08 April 2020 - NW140

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Mbabama, Ms TM to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

With reference to her reply to question 1597 on 19 December 2019, (a) under what programme and (b) in what year was each farm bought; (2) what number of the 218 farms with lease agreements have 30-year lease agreements; (3) whether she will furnishMs T M Mbabamawith a list of the (a) names of the farms, (b) beneficiaries with GPS co-ordinates and (c) contact details for each farm with a lease agreement; if not, why not; if so, by what date; (4) whether she will furnishMsT M Mbabamawith (a) a list of the 609 farms with no lease agreement and (b) the number of farms in each category as stated in the reasons why it has no lease in place; if not, why not; if so, by what date; (5) whether she will furnishMsT M Mbabamawith a list of the farms where re-allocation is taking place, including the (a) names of the farms and beneficiaries, (b) GPS co-ordinates as well as contact details for each farm and (c) reason for re-allocation in each case; if not, why not; if so, by what date?

Reply:

THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, LAND REFORM AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT:

1(a) 217 of the 218 farms were bought under the Land Redistribution Programme and the other farm is a pre-1994 government property.

1(b)

Year of Acquisition

Number of Farms

2002

1

2006

1

2007

12

2008

2

2009

16

2010

17

2011

60

2012

6

2013

23

2014

9

2015

20

2016

37

2017

11

2019

2

Grand Total

217

2. 218.

3. (a) Yes. Please see the attached Excel spread sheet titled, NA – PQ No. 140.2020 (LP).

(b) and (c) No, since the Department has had no time to consult with the individual lessees on whether they consent to have their personal information publicly disclosed.

4. No, since the public disclosure of farms without leases could expose them to the possibility of land invasions.

5. No, since the public disclosure of farms that are being reallocated could expose them to the possibility of land invasions.

08 April 2020 - NW136

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

With reference to her reply to question 1598 on 19 December 2019, (a) under what programme and (b) in what year was each farm bought; (2) what number of the 397 farms with lease agreements have 30-year lease agreements; (3) whether she will furnishMrs A Steyn with a list of the (a) names of the farms, (b) beneficiaries with GPS co-ordinates and (c) contact details for each farm with a lease agreement; if not, why not; if so, by what date; (4) whether she will furnishMrs A Steyn with (a) a list of the 529 farms with no lease agreement and (b) the number of farms in each category as stated in the reasons why it has no lease in place; if not, why not; if so, by what date; (5) whether she will furnishMrs A Steyn with a list of the farms where re-allocation is taking place, including the (a) names of the farms and beneficiaries, (b) GPS co-ordinates as well as contact details for each farm and (c) reason for re-allocation in each case; if not, why not; if so, by what date?

Reply:

1(a) Land Redistribution Programme (Proactive Land Acquisition Strategy);

1(b)

Year of Acquisition

Number of Farms

2006

13

2007

46

2008

117

2009

28

2010

34

2011

65

2012

20

2013

30

2014

6

2015

13

2017

10

2018

10

2019

5

Grand Total

397

2. 397.

3. (a) Yes. Please see the attached Excel spread sheet titled, NA – PQ No. 136.2020 (MP).

(b) and (c) No, since the Department has had no time to consult with the individual lessees on whether they consent to have their personal information publicly disclosed.

4. No, since the public disclosure of farms without leases could expose them to the possibility of land invasions.

5. No, since the public disclosure of farms that are being reallocated could expose them to the possibility of land invasions.

08 April 2020 - NW138

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

With reference to her reply to question 1595 on 19 December 2019, (a) under what programme and (b) in what year was each farm bought; (2) what number of the 410 farms with lease agreements have 30-year lease agreements; (3) whether she will furnishMrs A Steyn with a list of the (a) names of the farms, beneficiaries with GPS co-ordinates and (b) contact details for each farm with a lease agreement; if not, why not; if so, by what date; (4) whether she will furnishMrs A Steyn with a (a) list of the 233 farms with no lease agreement and (b) the number of farms in each category as stated in the reasons why it has no lease in place; if not, why not; if so, by what date; (5) whether she will furnishMrs A Steyn with a list of the farms where re-allocation is taking place, including the (a) names of the farms and beneficiaries, (b) GPS co-ordinates as well as contact details for each farm and (c) reason for re-allocation in each case; if not, why not; if so, by what date?

Reply:

1(a) Land Redistribution Programme.

1(b)

Year of Acquisition

Number of Farms

2005

16

2007

28

2008

108

2009

32

2010

2

2011

72

2012

46

2013

16

2014

19

2015

35

2016

14

2017

11

2018

11

Grand Total

410

2. 410.

3. (a) Yes. Please see the attached Excel spread sheet titled, NA – PQ No. 138.2020 (FS).

(b) and (c) No, since the Department has had no time to consult with the individual lessees on whether they consent to have their personal information publicly disclosed.

4. No, since the public disclosure of farms without leases could expose them to the possibility of land invasions.

5. No, since the public disclosure of farms that are being reallocated could expose them to the possibility of land invasions.

08 April 2020 - NW141

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Mbabama, Ms TM to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

With reference to her reply to question 1599 on 19 December 2019, (a) under what programme and (b) in what year was each farm bought; (2) what number of the 467 farms with lease agreements have 30-year lease agreements; (3) whether she will furnishMs T M Mbabamawith a list of the (a) names of the farms, (b) beneficiaries with GPS co-ordinates and (c) contact details for each farm with a lease agreement; if not, why not; if so, by what date; (4) whether she will furnishMsT M Mbabamawith (a) a list of the 251 farms with no lease agreement and (b) the number of farms in each category as stated in the reasons why it has no lease in place; if not, why not; if so, by what date; (5) whether she will furnishMsT M Mbabamawith a list of the farms where re-allocation is taking place, including the (a) names of the farms and beneficiaries, (b) GPS co-ordinates as well as contact details for each farm and (c) reason for re-allocation in each case; if not, why not; if so, by what date?

Reply:

1(a) 416 of the 467 farms were bought under the Land Redistribution Programme, whilst the balance are pre-1994 government properties.

1(b)

Year of Acquisition

Number of Farms

2006

16

2007

5

2008

57

2009

11

2010

11

2011

74

2012

41

2013

58

2014

49

2015

54

2016

18

2017

4

2018

18

2. 467.

3. (a) Yes. Please see the attached Excel spread sheet titled, NA – PQ No. 141.2020 (NW).

(b) and (c) No, since the Department has had no time to consult with the individual lessees on whether they consent to have their personal information publicly disclosed.

4. No, since the public disclosure of farms without leases could expose them to the possibility of land invasions.

5. No, since the public disclosure of farms that are being reallocated could expose them to the possibility of land invasions.

08 April 2020 - NW142

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Julius, Mr J to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

With reference to her reply to question 1600 on 19 December 2019, (a) under what programme and (b) in what year was each farm bought; (2) what number of the 259 farms with lease agreements have 30-year lease agreements; (3) whether she will furnishMr J W W Juliuswith a list of the (a) names of the farms, (b) beneficiaries with GPS co-ordinates and (c) contact details for each farm with a lease agreement; if not, why not; if so, by what date; (4) whether she will furnishMr J W W Juliuswith (a) a list of the 34 farms with no lease agreement and (b) the number of farms in each category as stated in the reasons why it has no lease in place; if not, why not; if so, by what date; (5) whether she will furnishMr J W W Juliuswith a list of the farms where re-allocation is taking place, including the (a) names of the farms and beneficiaries, (b) GPS co-ordinates as well as contact details for each farm and (c) reason for re-allocation in each case; if not, why not; if so, by what date?

Reply:

1(a) 220 of the 259 farms were bought under the Land Redistribution Programme, whilst the balance are pre-1994 government properties.

1(b)

Year of Acquisition

Number of Farms

2006

4

2007

23

2008

11

2009

8

2010

31

2011

34

2012

16

2013

20

2014

20

2015

22

2016

17

2017

8

2018

3

2019

3

2. 259.

3. (a) Yes. Please see the attached Excel spread sheet titled, NA – PQ No. 142.2020 (NC).

(b) and (c) No, since the Department has had no time to consult with the individual lessees on whether they consent to have their personal information publicly disclosed.

4. No, since the public disclosure of farms without leases could expose them to the possibility of land invasions.

5. No, since the public disclosure of farms that are being reallocated could expose them to the possibility of land invasions.

08 April 2020 - NW143

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Julius, Mr J to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

With reference to her reply to question 1601 on 19 December 2019, (a) under what programme and (b) in what year was each farm bought; (2) what number of the 192 farms with lease agreements have 30-year lease agreements; (3) whether she will furnishMr J W W Juliuswith a list of the (a) names of the farms, (b) beneficiaries with GPS co-ordinates and (c) contact details for each farm with a lease agreement; if not, why not; if so, by what date; (4) whether she will furnishMr J W W Juliuswith (a) a list of the 70 farms with no lease agreement and (b) the number of farms in each category as stated in the reasons why it has no lease in place; if not, why not; if so, by what date; (5) whether she will furnishMr J W W Juliuswith a list of the farms where re-allocation is taking place, including the (a) names of the farms and beneficiaries, (b) GPS co-ordinates as well as contact details for each farm and (c) reason for re-allocation in each case; if not, why not; if so, by what date?

Reply:

1(a) Land Redistribution Programme.

1(b)

Year of Acquisition

Number of Farms

2007

9

2008

13

2009

1

2011

16

2012

99

2013

13

2014

11

2015

21

2016

5

2017

1

2018

2

2019

1

Grand Total

192

3. (a) Yes. Please see the attached Excel spread sheet titled, NA – PQ No. 143.2020 (WC).

(b) and (c) No, since the Department has had no time to consult with the individual lessees on whether they consent to have their personal information publicly disclosed.

4. No, since the public disclosure of farms without leases could expose them to the possibility of land invasions.

5. No, since the public disclosure of farms that are being reallocated could expose them to the possibility of land invasions.

08 April 2020 - NW144

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Julius, Mr J to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

With reference to her reply to question 1602 on 19 December 2019, (a) under what programme and (b) in what year was each farm bought; (2) what number of the 282 farms with lease agreements have 30-years lease agreements; (3) whether she will furnishMr J W W Juliuswith a list of the (a) names of the farms, (b) beneficiaries with GPS co-ordinates and (c) contact details for each farm with a lease agreement; if not, why not; if so, by what date; (4) whether she will furnishMr J W W Juliuswith (a) a list of the 787 farms with no lease agreement and (b) the number of farms in each category as stated in the reasons why it has no lease in place; if not, why not; if so, by what date; (5) whether she will furnishMr J W W Juliuswith a list of the farms where re-allocation is taking place, including the (a) names of the farms and beneficiaries, (b) GPS co-ordinates as well as contact details for each farm and (c) reason for re-allocation in each case; if not, why not; if so, by what date?

Reply:

1(a) Land Redistribution Programme.

1(b)

Year of Acquisition

Number of Farms

2006

3

2007

22

2008

41

2009

20

2010

3

2011

44

2012

37

2013

17

2014

9

2015

27

2016

44

2017

2

2018

9

2019

4

Grand Total

282

2. 282.

3. (a) Yes. Please see the attached Excel spread sheet titled, NA – PQ No. 144.2020 (KZN).

(b) and (c) No, since the Department has had no time to consult with the individual lessees on whether they consent to have their personal information publicly disclosed.

4. No, since the public disclosure of farms without leases could expose them to the possibility of land invasions.

5. No, since the public disclosure of farms that are being reallocated could expose them to the possibility of land invasions.

08 April 2020 - NW139

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Mbabama, Ms TM to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

With reference to her reply to question 1596 on 19 December 2019, (a) under what programme and (b) in what year was each farm bought; (2) what number of the 223 farms with lease agreements have 30-year lease agreements; (3) whether she will furnishMs T M Mbabamawith a list of the (a) names of the farms, (b) beneficiaries with GPS co-ordinates and (c) contact details for each farm with a lease agreement; if not, why not; if so, by what date; (4) whether she will furnishMsT M Mbabamawith (a) a list of the 227 farms with no lease agreement and (b) the number of farms in each category as stated in the reasons why it has no lease in place; if not, why not; if so, by what date; (5) whether she will furnishMsT M Mbabamawith a list of the farms where re-allocation is taking place, including the (a) names of the farms and beneficiaries, (b) GPS co-ordinates as well as contact details for each farm and (c) reason for re-allocation in each case; if not, why not; if so, by what date?

Reply:

1(a) Land Redistribution Programme.

1(b)

Year of Acquisition

Number of Farms

2003

1

2006

6

2007

64

2008

20

2009

14

2010

8

2011

22

2012

10

2013

25

2014

4

2015

12

2016

6

2017

9

2018

21

2019

1

Grand Total

223

2. 223.

3. (a) Yes. Please see the attached Excel spread sheet titled, NA – PQ No. 139.2020 (GP).

(b) and (c) No, since the Department has had no time to consult with the individual lessees on whether they consent to have their personal information publicly disclosed.

4. No, since the public disclosure of farms without leases could expose them to the possibility of land invasions.

5. No, since the public disclosure of farms that are being reallocated could expose them to the possibility of land invasions.

06 April 2020 - NW432

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Masipa, Mr NP to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development:

In view of the fact that only two of the nine export protocol targets were met, what are the details of the (a) targets that were (i) not met and (ii) met and (b) plan(s) to correct the situation and ensure that the targets are met?NW613E

Reply:

In terms of the quarterly performance targets in the 2019/20 Annual Performance Plan (APP), 9 export protocols were implemented during Quarter 1, but were reported to be still in progress pending validation of reported data at the regional offices (WC, KZN, PE) by the unit responsible for Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). As at to date, validation of the 9 export protocols by both M&E and the Directorate Inspection Services(DIS) has been concluded and all 9 export protocols have been implemented.

7 export protocols were implemented during Quarter 2 of 2019/20, but were also reported to be still in progress pending validation.M&E is allowed 90 days after each Quarter to validate reported performance.

The implementation of the protocols is seasonal and sometimes overlaps to the next quarter. The table below shows in which quarters each export control is expected.

Export protocol

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

Apples to China

X

X

X

X

Apples to Mexico

X

     

Apples to Taiwan

X

     

Citrus to China

X

X

   

Citrus to Japan

X

X

   

Citrus to S. Korea

X

X

   

Citrus to Thailand

X

X

   

Citrus to USA

X

X

   

Pears to USA

X

X

X

X

Table grapes to China

   

X

X

Table grapes to Israel

   

X

X

Table grapes to Thailand

   

X

X

Table grapes to USA

   

X

X

06 April 2020 - NW243

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

Whether the Onderstepoort laboratory is accredited to conduct the testing for Foot-and-mouth disease; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The ARC-OVR-Transboundary Animal Diseases (TAD) Facility includes a high security facility for Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine production, and Research and Diagnostics of FMD, African Swine Fever (ASF), and other exotic diseases. TAD houses an OIE Regional Reference Laboratory for ASF and FMD and is the FAO Reference Centre for both FMD and ASF for the entire African continent.

The TAD Diagnostic Laboratory applied for SANAS (South African National Accreditation System) accreditation of its FMD Serological methods to standard ISO/IEC 17025:2005, in December 2015. The SANAS assessment was conducted from 29-30 March 2016, and a certificate of accreditation was obtained on 20 June 2016, which is valid for five years. The 6 months follow up assessment tookplace on 24 January 2017and continued accreditation was granted. The twelve months’ follow-up assessment by SANAS took place on 31 January 2018 and continued accreditation was again granted.

TAD Diagnostic Laboratory facility further applied for accreditation according to the new ISO 17025:2017 standard, this was approved by the SANAS Approval Committee meeting on 21 August 2019. “Unconditional Accreditation” in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025:2017, Accreditation number V0034 was granted. The ARC-OVR-TAD Laboratory was the first laboratory at ARC-OVR to be assessed to the new ISO standard.

23 March 2020 - NW395

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

Whether any amount was paid over to the Community Property Association and Trust as part of the land claims on behalf of the Ebenhaezer, Vaalplaas and Beeswater Communities in the Western Cape; if so, (a) will any further amounts be paid over and (b) what (i) amount(s) and (ii) dates are envisaged for this transfer; (2) has her department found that (a) previous payments were utilised by the trustees in line with the goals set for land reform and (b) the necessary checks and balances are in place to ensure that future transfers will also adhere to the goals set; (3) what (a) are the details of the checks and balances that are in place to ensure that the land and/or money is used in accordance with the aims of land reform and (b) steps has her department taken to ensure that the checks and balances are indeed functional?

Reply:

1. An amount of R19,914,060.00 (Nineteen Million Nine Hundred Fourteen Thousand and Sixty Rand) was paid over to the Ebenhaeser Trust as the business arm of the CPA in terms of section 42C of the Restitution of Land Rights Act,22 of 194 as amended and in pursuance of the Settlement Agreement entered between the Minister, Ebenhaeser CPA and the Commission on Restitution. No amounts have been paid over to the Vaalplaas and Beeswater communities.

(a) yes a further amount or tranche will be paid over to the Ebenhaeser Trust and

(b) (i) an amount of R45,366,940.00 (Forty Five Million Three Hundred Sixty Six Thousand Nine Hundred Forty Rand will be paid (ii)and will be transferred.

2. (a) Yes, previous payments were utilised by trustees in line with the goals set for land reform and (b) yes the necessary check and balances are in place to ensure that future transfers will adhere to goals set;

3. (a) A Service Level Agreement (SLA) was signed between the Department and the Ebenhaeser Trust confirming the terms of engagement regarding the financial management, administration, and disbursement of funds allocated for post settlement and business support of the Ebenhaeser land claim;

A Budget for a specific financial year is submitted to the Provincial department of Agriculture for a due diligence analysis;

A Business Plan is drafted by an external service provider and this must meet the approval of the multi-stakeholder Joint Co-ordinating Committee;

The Trust has a procurement policy in place and there is a Trust Deed registered at the Master of the HIGH Court setting forth the principles for governance. The Trust Deed, allows for both the Department and Provincial Agriculture to nominate external trustees with the necessary experience and expertise in the operations of trusts and business to assure that Trust operate in an accountable manner;

There are multiple-signatories (four) on the Trust Account held at a financial institution, where authorization for expenditure is required. These include the respective chairpersons of the CPA and Trust, the accountant and;

A Memorandum of Agreement was entered into between the CPA (as land holding entity and representative of the claimant community) and the Ebenhaeser Trust, and MOA sets out the roles and responsibilities, the regulation of the relationship, and also conflict resolution mechanism between these entities.

Audited Annual Financial Reports are compiled by an external auditor.

(b)The Department established a multi-stakeholder Joint Co-ordinating Committee (JCC) constituted as an oversight body over of processes and procedures adopted in the implementation of the Community Development and Land Acquisition Plan andthe Settlement Agreement of 2015.

The terms of Reference was concluded between the parties / members which are the following:

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights; Matzikama local municipality; Provincial department of Agriculture; National Department of Water and Sanitation; The Ebenhaeser CPA; Ebenhaeser Trust.

The Department has entered ito an agreement with VINPRO (the commodity organization in the wine industry. VINPRO has a direct involvement with the Ebenhaeser Trust and CPA in the form of mentoring and guidance.

The JCC sits bi-monthly and members report on issues under their respective watch and their mandates.

END

06 March 2020 - NW43

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

What is the name of each SA Geographical Indication that is protected under the Regulations for the Protection of Geographical Indications that were signed on 22 March 2019?

Reply:

                                                                                                  

There is no South African Geographical Indication that is currently protected under the Regulations for the Protection of Geographical Indications that were signed on 22 March 2019.

28 February 2020 - NW28

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Sindane, Mr P to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether there are any programmes to support commercial goat farmers in the Vhembe Region; if not, what is the position in this regard; what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Enclosed herein is the reply to question no: 28/NW31E for your approval should you agree with the contents thereof. The information was supplied by the Branch: Food Security and Agrarian Reform as guided by the provincial Department of Agriculture in Limpopo.

QUESTION NO: 28/NW31E

  • The Vhembe District’s goat industry has a total of 73 416 goats owned by 9291 farmers. There are 202 commercial farmers owning a total of 9775 herd of goats. The bulk population of 63641 goat herd is owned by 9089 communal farmers.
  • The Department provides the following services to the farmers, namely: -
  • Technical Advisory Support
  • Veterinary Support
  • Drought Relief Support and
  • Technical and Business Skills Development (Capacity Building).
  • There are two gene producers in the Vhembe District, whom from export goats, mainly to Zimbabwe. The department provides Health Certification for Export to the farmers in terms of export protocols.

                                                                                   

20 December 2019 - NW682

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Hicklin, Ms MB to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether the Government’s proposed land reform policy on expropriation without compensation will require that title deeds of properties earmarked for expropriation be published before being transferred to beneficiaries to verify that there is no active land claim on the property; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what date does she intend to introduce amending legislation in the National Assembly to make provision for the publishing of the title deeds, (b) for which reasons, other than historical land claims, will a dispute for the change of ownership of the specified properties be allowed to be registered, (c) in which publication will the title deeds be published and (d) for what period of time will the title deeds be published?

Reply:

The function of amending the Constitution to allow for expropriation of land without compensation is currently the responsibility of Parliament.

(a)(b),(c),(d) Falls away.

20 December 2019 - NW1146

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Terblanche, Mr OS to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

(1)Whether her department is executing capital projects in the Central Karoo; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (2) whether the Apricot Farm Project is part of the specified projects; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what is the name of the person(s) who executed the project, (b) on what date is it envisaged that the project will be completed, (c) on what date was the tender awarded, (d) what was the contract amount, (e) who was the successful contractor and (f) what is the contract period? NW2306E

Reply:

The Department has requested the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to compile a comprehensive response to the question raised by M. Gen O S Terblanche (DA).

The comprehensive response will be submitted in January 2020.

19 December 2019 - NW1598

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Mbabama, Ms TM to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What number of land reform farms are leased to beneficiaries in the Mpumalanga; (2) what (a) is the total number of state-owned farms that do not have a lease agreement currently in place and (b) are the reasons that there is no lease agreement in place; (3) what (a) is the total income received by the State for the lease on each land and (b) are the details of the bank account where the money for the leases must be paid?

Reply:

(1) 397.

(2)(a) 529.

(2)(b)

  • Some farms which were previously allocated are in the process of being reallocated.
  • There are instances where multiple farmers have been allocated a single farm, which has not yet been officially subdivided hence lease units are still being created.
  • Some leases are currently being taken through administrative lease approval processes.
  • Some farms are occupied by farm dwellers hence land rights enquiries are still being conducted.
  • Some farms are in the process of being transferred to farm dwellers.
  • There are instances where the beneficiaries are still sorting out issues relating to the legal entity that must contract with Government.
  • Some farms are no longer leasable since they are occupied by communities.
  • There are instances of illegal invasion, which impacts on orderly allocation processes.
  • Disputes among beneficiaries.
  • There have been changes in the leasing policy in the past three years, which impacted on the conclusion of leases.

(3)(a) R375 819.00 (April – November 2019).

3(b)

  • Agricultural Land Holding Account: ABSA Bank Account No.: 407 449 8283
  • Department of Rural Development and Land Reform Account: ABSA Bank Account No.: 405 400 6793

19 December 2019 - NW1596

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What number of land reform farms are leased to beneficiaries in the Gauteng; (2) what (a) is the total number of state-owned farms that do not have a lease agreement currently in place and (b) are the reasons that there is no lease agreement in place; (3) what (a) is the total income received by the State for the lease on each land and (b) are the details of the bank account where the money for the leases must be paid?

Reply:

(1) 223

(2)(a) 227

(2)(b)

  • Conflict among beneficiary members.
  • Some leases are currently being taken through administrative lease approval processes.
  • Some farms are in the process of being reallocated.
  • Some farms are in the process of being transferred to farm dwellers.
  • Some farms are not leasable since they are occupied by communities.
  • There have been changes in the leasing policy in the past three years, which impacted on the conclusion of leases.

(3)(a) R51 577.00 (April – November 2019).

3(b)

  • Agricultural Land Holding Account: ABSA Bank Account No.: 407 449 8283
  • Department of Rural Development and Land Reform Account: ABSA Bank Account No.: 405 400 6793

19 December 2019 - NW510

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Masipa, Mr NP to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

With reference to the announcement made by the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, in the State of the Nation Address on 20 June 2019, that the Government allocated R3,9 billion to the Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa in the 2019-22 medium term budget, what (a) amount is earmarked for each financial year in the medium-term budget and (b) amount was allocated for (i) land reform projects and farms, (ii) the commercialisation of black farmers and (iii) small holding farmers in each financial year in the medium-term budget; (2) what amount has been spent for each designated programme to date in the 2019-20 budget allocation; (3) what performance measures are in place to monitor the implementation and success of each programme that receives a budget allocation; (4) (a) what number of farmers does the Government intend to support on an annual basis with the budget allocations to the Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa and (b) by what date will the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, receive the first briefing in this regard? NW1503E

Reply:

RESPONSE BY THE DEPARTMENT:

THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, LAND REFORM AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT:

  1. A detailed response to Question 510 will be submitted by 31 January 2020.

19 December 2019 - NW511

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Masipa, Mr NP to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether her department will offer title deeds to the eight black citrus farmers farming under the Alice Kat Citrus Primary Cooperative in the Eastern Cape; if not, why not; if so, by what date will the (a) beneficiaries receive communication from her department in this regard and (b) transfers of the title deeds be finalised?

Reply:

Yes, provided that the sale terms are concluded. Approval was granted during the year 2006 for the sale of various Kat River Citrus farms to the farmers at specific market values. The sales would have been funded through the combination of Land Redistribution for Agricultural Development Grant and own finance. The farmers never secured financing and therefore the transactions were not taken any further.

The Department cannot offer title deeds without the terms of the transaction being honoured by any of the purchasers.

a) The Department is already in communication with the farmers, with a view to finalise the transactions and also deal with issues of farm dwellers who are occupying some of the farms.

b) The transfers will commence upon the farmers satisfying the sale conditions.

19 December 2019 - NW919

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

(a) What total number of parcels of land are still registered as being owned or under the custodianship of the former homelands in each province, (b) where is each land parcel located and (c) what is the total area of said land?

Reply:

a) 3 824 land parcels.

b) Please refer to Annexure A.

c) 531 789 ha.

ANNEXURE A OF NA 919 OF 2019

Province and Municipality

Parcels

Area (Ha)

EASTERN CAPE

3186

173,150.41

Amahlathi Local Municipality

295

9,293.72

Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality

442

6,299.79

Elundini Local Municipality

14

462.04

Emalahleni Local Municipality (EC)

21

1,675.21

Engcobo Local Municipality

8

3.53

Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality

59

29,928.44

Intsika Yethu Local Municipality

15

2,409.32

King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality

255

3,683.82

Matatiele Local Municipality

48

23,135.56

Mbhashe Local Municipality

18

323.48

Mbizana Local Municipality

6

664.36

Mhlontlo Local Municipality

33

3,992.99

Mnquma Local Municipality

114

3,059.47

Ngqushwa Local Municipality

1251

47,141.62

Ngquza Hill Local Municipality

19

798.94

Ntabankulu Local Municipality

8

11.24

Nyandeni Local Municipality

10

695.44

Port St Johns Local Municipality

13

18.50

Raymond Mhlaba Local Municipality

472

36,591.19

Sakhisizwe Local Municipality

49

1,571.15

Senqu Local Municipality

2

4.63

Umzimvubu Local Municipality

34

1,385.96

FREE STATE

8

1,076.33

Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality

7

1,076.18

Matjhabeng Local Municipality

1

0.15

GAUTENG

87

632.10

City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality

16

2.08

City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality

69

629.72

Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality

2

0.30

KWAZULU-NATAL

141

62,942.62

Endumeni Local Municipality

1

29.16

eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality

16

0.80

KwaDukuza Local Municipality

2

0.15

Newcastle Local Municipality

1

0.15

The Msunduzi Local Municipality

4

0.65

Umzimkhulu Local Municipality

117

62,911.71

LIMPOPO

31

59,301.55

Blouberg Local Municipality

12

27,073.88

Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality

2

4,123.53

Greater Giyani Local Municipality

1

2,063.64

Greater Letaba Local Municipality

1

756.18

Greater Tubatse/Fetakgomo Local Municipality

6

13,019.96

Greater Tzaneen Local Municipality

1

2.57

Lepelle-Nkumpi Local Municipality

3

2,225.14

Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality

4

9,971.93

Mogalakwena Local Municipality

1

64.72

MPUMALANGA

49

27,850.99

Bushbuckridge Local Municipality

11

13,121.59

Chief Albert Luthuli Local Municipality

6

3,146.66

Dr JS Moroka Local Municipality

5

2,171.32

Emalahleni Local Municipality (MP)

1

0.17

Nkomazi Local Municipality

2

506.58

Thembisile Local Municipality

24

8,904.67

NORTH WEST

300

135,840.74

City of Matlosana Local Municipality

1

0.20

Ditsobotla Local Municipality

14

8,194.14

Greater Taung Local Municipality

23

31,916.18

Kagisano-Molopo Local Municipality

1

1,516.87

Local Municipality of Madibeng

26

1,883.61

Mafikeng Local Municipality

27

5,997.22

Moretele Local Municipality

7

3,015.52

Moses Kotane Local Municipality

149

50,643.60

Naledi Local Municipality

3

0.52

Ramotshere Moiloa Local Municipality

18

23,721.34

Ratlou Local Municipality

2

4,018.63

Rustenburg Local Municipality

22

3,309.60

Tswaing Local Municipality

7

1,623.31

NORTHERN CAPE

22

70,994.38

Ga-Segonyana Local Municipality

1

542.03

Joe Morolong Local Municipality

21

70,452.35

Grand Total

3,824

531,789.11

19 December 2019 - NW992

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

What number of applications to register as community property associations is currently outstanding, (b) on what date did each specified association apply for registration and (c) what is the reason that each association is not yet registered?

Reply:

(a) 6.

(b) and (c) Please refer to Annexure A.

ANNEXURE A OF NA QUESTION 992 OF 2019

 

Province

Community Name

Status

  1. Date of application
  1. Reason for not registering

1.

Free State

Iketsetse

Not registered

20 October 2018

Constitution was not compliant with requirements and registration documents were incomplete.

2.

Limpopo

Kgashane Mamatlepa

Not registered

11 August 2018

Constitution was not compliant with requirements and registration documents were incomplete.

3.

Mpumalanga

Mmamashianoka - Mdibani

Not registered

4 November 2018

Constitution was not compliant with requirements and registration documents were incomplete.

4

North West

William Bere Moiloa

Not registered

26 January 2019

Constitution was not compliant with requirements and registration documents were incomplete.

5

North West

Majoe Mokuane

Not registered

21 July 2018

Constitution was not compliant with requirements and registration documents were incomplete.

6

North West

Pooyane

Not registered

3 November 2018

Membership list was not submitted and Constitution was not compliant with requirements.

19 December 2019 - NW1142

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Masipa, Mr NP to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

With reference to her reply to question 250 on 20 August 2019, (a) what are the details of the department’s annual target vs achievements year-to-date on the (i) trade figures vs achieved target, (ii) new jobs target vs achieved and (iii) the targeted number of black farmers to be provided with market access vs achieved, (b) why are other AgriParks not functional and (c) what is the detailed action plan to ensure that all AgriParks are functional?

Reply:

(a)(i) Details will be provided by 31 January 2020.

(a)(ii) The target for 2019/2020 financial year is 4109 and achieved to date is 2149

(a)(iii) The target for rural enterprises for 2019/2020 financial year to be supported is 227 and achieved to date is 114

(b) AgriParks are a network of several components. The establishment of AgriParks is a process.

  • The Farmer Production Support Unit (FPSU), is the first component. It is a rural small-holder farmer outreach and capacity building unit that is established closer to farmers with primary production. The FPSU does primary collection, some storage, provides some processing for the local market, and extension services including mechanization.
  • The Agri-hub(AH), is the second component, depending on the effectiveness of the first component. It is a production, equipment hire, processing, packaging, logistics, innovation and training unit.
  • The Rural Urban Market Centre (RUMC), is the third component. It links to rural urban and international markets through contracts. This level has not as yet been reached. Acts as a holding facility, releasing produce to urban markets based on seasonal trends; and provides market intelligence and information feedback, to the AH and FPSU using the latest information and communication technologies.

(c) The Department is in the process focusing on the first component, which is the establishment of the Farmer Production Support Unit (FPSU). There are 27 prioritized FPSU’s.

19 December 2019 - NW1203

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

(a) What amount has been (i) budgeted and (ii) paid towards social facilitation in respect of each programme in each province since 1 April 2016, (b) who were the service providers in each project and (c) were tenders put out in respect of each project?

Reply:

(a) (i) None. Social facilitation has been an internally delivered process.

(ii) Falls away.

(b) Falls away.

(c) Falls away.

19 December 2019 - NW1205

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Mbabama, Ms TM to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

(a) Which branch of her department is responsible for the administration of the Land Titles Adjustment Act, Act 111 of 1993, (b) what number of (i) persons work under the specified branch, (ii) posts are vacant and (iii) persons are in acting positions; (2) (a) what number of applications has her department received under the specified Act, (b) what number of applicants have received title deeds to land and (c) what are the reasons that applicants do not get title deeds?

Reply:

(1)(a) Land Tenure and Administration[1].

(b)(i) 225

(ii) 30

(iii) 5

(2)(a) The applications in terms of the Land Titles Adjustment Act, 1993 were never tracked as part of land delivery statistics hence that information is not easily accessible at the moment. Diligent attempts have been made to collect data for purposes of this question and it became clear that substantial time is required to construct a database in this regard.

(b),(c) Falls away.

  1. This Branch was established in April 2014.

19 December 2019 - NW1223

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Julius, Mr J to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

(1) What is the current status of the land claim of Mr Peters, reference number L3/3/4/1/8; (2) what is the envisaged date for the finalisation of the specified claim? NW2434E

Reply:

The Commission is unbale to verify the reference number referred to. Most of Restitution claims have a reference number that start with KR….

However, if the writer provide the Commission with updated information including the name of the claim and from which Province we will be in a position to respond adequately.

END

19 December 2019 - NW1282

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Moteka, Mr PG to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

- What steps has her department taken to support the activities of the group of emerging farmers called Poo Pedi in Ga-Segonyane Local Municipality and Joe Morolong Local Municipality in the Northern Cape?

Reply:

  • The Department has requested the Northern Cape Provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to compile a comprehensive response to the question raised by Mr P G Moteka (EFF).
  • The comprehensive response will be submitted in January 2020.

                                                                                                       

19 December 2019 - NW1438

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Montwedi, Mr Mk to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What (a) number of communal property associations (CPAs) exist in the Republic, (b) number of the specified CPAs are considered to be dysfunctional, (c) are the (i) structural and (ii) functional problems facing the CPAs and (d) steps is her department taking to resolve the specified problems?

Reply:

(a) 1612.

(b) It has been observed in previous CPA discussions in the Legislature that the concept of dysfunctional CPAs has been interchangeably used with that of non-complying CPAs. The Department has been tracking non-compliance with the CPA Act and Regulations as opposed to utter dysfunction. The number of non-complying CPAs is 1 370.

(c)(i)

  • A large proportion of CPA members are rooted in customary or indigenous ways of land management where decision making is a little bit centralised to some higher authority. The CPA regulatory framework encourages direct participatory democracy and therefore CPA founding documents tend to require direct participation by members. This creates contradictions in approaches by members and sometimes results in the emergence of or undesirable domination by rogue leadership elements.
  • CPAs generally exist in areas that were systematically subjected to underdevelopment and poorly resourced education institutions. A substantial part of CPA members is either illiterate or have no more than primary level of education. At a very basic level, this has an impact on the ability of CPA members to understand and apply documented and yet unfamiliar land management rules
  • CPAs comprise of diverse groups of people who are tied together by their parents’ or grandparents’ or great grandparent’s historical relationship with the claimed land. They generally tend to share nothing in common except the desire to regain ownership of the land.
  • The land use at the time of restoration is generally substantially different from what it was at the time of dispossession. Land claimants therefore tend to receive sophisticated businesses which compel them to become forced business partners who had never consciously conceived of going into business together.

(c)(ii)

  • Some CPAs are so under-resourced that they simply don’t have physical space from which to run their affairs and keep their records. This creates access to information challenges for new CPA leaders, depending on how the previous committee has vacated office.
  • Well performing CPA businesses do not yield positive outcomes in the livelihoods of CPA members due to the ratio between revenue and large numbers of CPA members. Whilst there may have been visible wealth amongst the owners of the property prior to the CPA taking control, the larger numbers of CPA members shrink any possible redistributable revenue to nothingness. This creates endless instability as members tend to suspect that revenue is misappropriated by the leaders or managers of CPA businesses.
  • CPAs are generally established prior to all possible land restitution claimants in community claims being located and verified. Provisions in CPA constitutions are then created for the future inclusion of claimants that were not verified during the settlement of a claim. This is the major source of conflict within CPAs since membership is permanently contested.
  • Some CPAs comprise of very large groups like 53 villages that never converge in a single place. This necessitates some form of representative democratic mechanisms for decision making and yet claimants desire to have direct participation.
  • Some CPAs comprise of unrelated groups of claimants whose claims were consolidated purely on the basis of proximity, without the informed consent of claimants. A lot of such CPA members do not regard themselves as a single group and therefore do not desire to be in a single entity.
  • The CPA as an institution is sometimes not the appropriate entity to run businesses that get conducted on its property hence they get stretched beyond their institutional capacity to manage.
  • The creation of separate CPA business ventures and joint ventures also tends to create conflict because of general lack of understanding of institutional relationships that should exist, inability to manage such relationships and lack of clarity regarding the sharing of benefits.
  • A lot of CPAs have got factions that work against each other from the date of election to the next election. Executive Committees therefore have got no fair space to commit and correct honest mistakes due to the permanence of factions.

(d)

  • There’s collaboration being explored with institutions of higher learning to provide customised training to all willing members of CPAs, in a language they commonly understand.
  • The focus of CPA capacity building programmes will become more inclusive to accommodate general membership in order to promote general awareness amongst CPA members that CPAs are indeed community entities where members have to directly hold their leadership accountable instead of passing that responsibility to Government.
  • The language spoken by the majority of CPA members will be identified and CPA founding documents will be translated into that language as one of the ways of encouraging effective participation of members in the affairs of their entities.
  • In instances where CPAs do not have the necessary infrastructure to keep records, the Department shall, in its District Offices, make available basic CPA documents like constitutions, membership lists, lists of CPA leadership, and financial records (where such financial records are available).
  • Strict enforcement of existing legal mechanisms is now being undertaken to promote a culture of accountability within CPAs and discourage rogue CPA executives from operating in a manner that is inconsistent with the aspirations of the CPA membership.
  • The Departmental CPA monitoring capacity will be improved in order to better understand the needs of CPAs and provide on time support.
  • Internal capacity building needs are continuously being identified in order to improve departmental regulatory capability and discourage unlawful interventions on CPAs by departmental officials.
  • The possibility of deconsolidating big CPAs that comprise of various communities who do not regard themselves as a single community, is being explored.
  • The Departmental post settlement support mechanisms are being improved and will be made accessible to CPAs. Such mechanisms shall be set in motion as soon as land restoration is chosen by claimants for timeous enterprise planning, setting up of appropriate enterprise management structures, identification of capacity building needs and provision of training.

19 December 2019 - NW1439

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Montwedi, Mr Mk to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What number of hectares of land (a) are under the management of communal property associations in the Republic and (b) have been left unused for the past two years?

Reply:

(a) 3 097 117.7820 hectares.

(b) The Communal Property Associations Act, 1996 and Regulations do not require the Communal Property Associations to report this type of information to the Department hence it is currently unknown.

19 December 2019 - NW1440

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Montwedi, Mr Mk to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

By what date will her department settle the land claim of the community of Lower Zingcuka in Keiskammahoek in the Amahlathi Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape?

Reply:

The claim is targeted for settlement during the fourth quarter of 2019/2020 financial year, pending acceptance of the Standard Settlement Offer by the Lower Zingcuka community, which will be presented to the Community by end of November 2019.

END

19 December 2019 - NW1515

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Montwedi, Mr Mk to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

(a) What number of land claims lodged before the 1998-deadline still need to be settled, (b) on what date is it intended that the specified claims will be settled, (c) where are the outstanding claims and (d) what amount of money is it estimated to cost her department to settle all outstanding land claims?

Reply:

a) 8940 is inclusive of pure and phased claims (and this figure is still subject to external audit and verification audit)

b) In order to accelerate the settlement of claims, the Commission on Restitution of Lands Rights participated in the Operation Phakisa of Agriculture Land Reform and Rural Development and as a result the services of external experts were used in the development of a Backlog Reduction Strategy which is still in progress for settlement of all old order land claims (lodged as at 31 December 1998). The Commission at this point is unable to provide specific dates, however the Annual Performance Plan is used as baseline to determine the number of claims to be settled per financial year.

c) 

 

Total claims as at 1st October 2019

(subject to verification)

Province

 

Eastern Cape

805

Free State

8

Gauteng

460

KwaZulu-Natal

3270

Limpopo

1501

Mpumalanga

2036

North West

233

Northern Cape

88

Western Cape

539

TOTAL

8940

d) The completion of the Backlog Reduction Strategy will assist in the cost estimation for the settlement of the old order outstanding claims.

 

19 December 2019 - NW1599

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Mbabama, Ms TM to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What number of land reform farms are leased to beneficiaries in the North West; (2) what (a) is the total number of state-owned farms that do not have a lease agreement currently in place and (b) are the reasons that there is no lease agreement in place; (3) what (a) is the total income received by the State for the lease on each land and (b) are the details of the bank account where the money for the leases must be paid?

Reply:

(1) 467.

(2)(a) 251.

(2)(b)

  • Some previously allocated farms are in the process of being reallocated to lessees.
  • Some leases are currently being taken through administrative lease approval processes.
  • Some farms are in the process of being transferred to farmers and farm dwellers.
  • There are instances where the beneficiaries are still sorting out issues relating to the legal entity that must contract with Government.
  • Some farms are no longer leasable since they are occupied by communities.
  • There are instances of illegal invasion, which impacts on orderly allocation processes.
  • There have been changes in the leasing policy in the past three years, which impacted on the conclusion of leases.

(3) (a) R995 614.00 (April – November 2019).

3(b)

  • Agricultural Land Holding Account: ABSA Bank Account No.: 407 449 8283
  • Department of Rural Development and Land Reform Account: ABSA Bank Account No.: 405 400 6793

19 December 2019 - NW1600

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Mbabama, Ms TM to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What number of land reform farms are leased to beneficiaries in the Northern Cape; (2) what (a) is the total number of state-owned farms that do not have a lease agreement currently in place and (b) are the reasons that there is no lease agreement in place; (3) what (a) is the total income received by the State for the lease on each land and (b) are the details of the bank account where the money for the leases must be paid?

Reply:

(1) 259.

(2)(a) 34.

(2)(b)

  • Some previously allocated farms are in the process of being reallocated as consequence of death, abandonment of the property and lease termination due to breach of lease terms
  • There are disputes regarding allocation as well as property boundaries.
  • Illegal invasion of leased farms by neighbouring communal settlements.
  • Some farms are no longer leasable since they are occupied by communities.
  • Existence of land restitution claims on leasable properties.
  • There have been changes in the leasing policy in the past three years, which impacted on the conclusion of leases.

(3)(a) R222 543.00 (April – November 2019).

3(b)

  • Agricultural Land Holding Account: ABSA Bank Account No.: 407 449 8283
  • Department of Rural Development and Land Reform Account: ABSA Bank Account No.: 405 400 6793

19 December 2019 - NW1601

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Julius, Mr J to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What number of land reform farms are leased to beneficiaries in the Western Cape; (2) what (a) is the total number of state-owned farms that do not have a lease agreement currently in place and (b) are the reasons that there is no lease agreement in place; (3) what (a) is the total income received by the State for the lease on each land and (b) are the details of the bank account where the money for the leases must be paid?

Reply:

(1) 192.

(2)(a) 70.

(2)(b)

  • Some properties were acquired to pilot a policy for the benefit of the First Nations that were disadvantaged by the land restitution deadline of June 1913. A notarial land use right is envisaged for registration instead of a lease.
  • Dispute between the allocated beneficiaries and farm workers.
  • Ongoing investigation by the Special Investigating Unit thereby resulting in the non-conclusion of a lease since any affected party may become a suspect.
  • Some leases are currently being taken through administrative lease approval processes.
  • Some previously allocated farms are in the process of being reallocated.
  • There have been changes in the leasing policy in the past three years, which impacted on the conclusion of leases.

(3)(a) R 47 000.00 (April – November 2019).

3(b)

  • Agricultural Land Holding Account: ABSA Bank Account No.: 407 449 8283
  • Department of Rural Development and Land Reform Account: ABSA Bank Account No.: 405 400 6793

19 December 2019 - NW1602

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Julius, Mr J to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What number of land reform farms are leased to beneficiaries in the KwaZulu-Natal; (1) what (a) is the total number of state-owned farms that do not have a lease agreement currently in place and (b) are the reasons that there is no lease agreement in place; (3) what (a) is the total income received by the State for the lease on each land and (b) are the details of the bank account where the money for the leases must be paid?

Reply:

(1) 282.

(2)(a) 787.

(2)(b)

  • Some farms are still being reallocated as a consequence of abandonment.
  • There are instances where multiple farmers have been allocated a single farm, which then requires an official subdivision.
  • Some leases are currently being taken through administrative lease approval processes.
  • Some farms are in the process of being transferred to farm dwellers.
  • There are instances where the beneficiaries are still sorting out issues relating to the legal entity that must contract with Government.
  • Some farms are no longer leasable since they are occupied by communities.
  • There are unlawful occupations of leasable farms.
  • There have been changes in the leasing policy in the past three years, which impacted on the conclusion of leases.

(3)(a) R 378 347.00 (April – November 2019).

3(b)

  • Agricultural Land Holding Account: ABSA Bank Account No.: 407 449 8283
  • Department of Rural Development and Land Reform Account: ABSA Bank Account No.: 405 400 6793

19 December 2019 - NW1691

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether the Government is negotiating with the banking sector to ensure that banks will be compensated for any loan(s) against a property that is expropriated; if not, what impact will this have on the economy; if so, what amount has been allocated to pay the banks as a result of the mooted expropriation without compensation and redistribution policy?

Reply:

No.

19 December 2019 - NW1723

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether she will furnish Mrs G Opperman with a list of claimants of the Community Property Association (CPA) of Loeriesfontein in the Hantam Local Municipality who have been struggling for 25 years to receive their communal land; (2) (a) what number of claimants of the Loeriesfontein CPA have deceased and (b) on what date will the claimants receive their ancestral land; (3) what mechanisms are in place to ensure the CPA of Loeriesfontein becomes sustainable and economically viable?

Reply:

(1). Please find attached original list of 240 claimant beneficiaries.

(2). (a) Of the 240 claimant beneficiaries on the original verified list, 91 are deceased. There is a need to regularly update the verification list by the CPA to replace household representatives of those that passed away.

(b) Hantam Municipality donated the land (Commonages A, B and C) for restitution purposes. Commonage A was transferred to the CPA on 30 March 2017 However, this property is currently being used by the emerging farmers under a formal lease agreement with Hantam Municipality. The municipality is yet to issue the tenants with termination letters so that the CPA can fully occupy the land. The CPA can only occupy the land once the current tenants have been relocated elsewhere.

(3). There was a need for regularisation of the CPA and a new Executive Committee was elected on 05 November 2019. In addition, a panellist has been appointed to assist the CPA on disputes regarding access to the land.

19 December 2019 - NW1593

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

(1)     (a) on what date was Mjindi Farming (Pty) Ltd established, (b) What was the reason for its establishment? (c) What amount did the enterprise receive in each year since its establishment and (d) Who are the directors of the specified enterprise? (2) Whether any politicians and/or departmental officials are part of the specified enterprise; (3) What (a) is the salary of each director and/or employee of Mjindi enterprise and (b) was the total value added to the community by the establishment of the specified enterprise; (4) Whether the audited books of Mjindi enterprise were submitted in each year

Reply:

  • The Department has requested the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to compile a comprehensive response to the question raised by Mrs A Steyn (DA).
  • The comprehensive response will be submitted in January 2020.

                                                                                                       

19 December 2019 - NW1594

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

What number of land reform farms are leased to beneficiaries in the Eastern Cape; (2) what (a) is the total number of state-owned farms that do not have a lease agreement currently in place and (b) are the reasons that there is no lease agreement in place; (3) what (a) is the total income received by the State for the lease on each land and (b) are the details of the bank account where the money for the leases must be paid?

Reply:

(1) 472

(2)(a) 432

(2)(b)

  • Farms that were originally meant to be leased were subsequently earmarked for other programmes like the Animal and Veld Management Programme as well as the One Household One Hectare Programme.
  • There are instances where multiple farmers have been allocated a single farm, which has not yet been officially subdivided hence lease units are still being created.
  • There are unlawful occupations that make it impossible to conclude lease agreements whilst unlawful occupations are still being sorted.
  • Some farms are in the process of being transferred to farmers and farm dwellers.
  • Some farms are in the process of being reallocated.
  • Some farms have become unleasable because of the growth of settlements in surrounding communities.
  • Some farms are claimed in terms of the Restitution of Land Rights Act and the claims have reached an advanced stage.
  • Some farmers are still getting their legal entities registered.
  • There have been changes in the leasing policy in the past three years, which impacted on the conclusion of leases.
  • Disputes amongst beneficiaries.

(3)(a) R159 503.00 (April – November 2019).

3(b)

  • Agricultural Land Holding Account: ABSA Bank Account No.: 407 449 8283
  • Department of Rural Development and Land Reform Account: ABSA Bank Account No.: 405 400 6793

19 December 2019 - NW1595

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What number of land reform farms are leased to beneficiaries in the Free State; (2) what (a) is the total number of state-owned farms that do not have a lease agreement currently in place and (b) are the reasons that there is no lease agreement in place; (3) what (a) is the total income received by the State for the lease on each land and (b) are the details of the bank account where the money for the leases must be paid?

Reply:

(1) 410.

(2)(a) 233.

(2)(b)

  • Some leases are currently being taken through administrative lease approval processes.
  • There are reallocations that are currently being done, which have been occasioned by the death of lessees.
  • There are instances where multiple farmers have been allocated a single farm, which has not yet been officially subdivided hence lease units are still being created.
  • There are instances where the land is the process of being donated to a municipality for commonage purposes.
  • Some farms are in the process of being transferred to farm dwellers.
  • Some farms are being used by neighbouring communities and have therefore become unleasable.

(3)(a) R353 956.00 (April – November 2019).

3(b)

  • Agricultural Land Holding Account: ABSA Bank Account No.: 407 449 8283
  • Department of Rural Development and Land Reform Account: ABSA Bank Account No.: 405 400 6793

19 December 2019 - NW1597

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What number of land reform farms are leased to beneficiaries in the Limpopo; (2) what (a) is the total number of state-owned farms that do not have a lease agreement currently in place and (b) are the reasons that there is no lease agreement in place; (3) what (a) is the total income received by the State for the lease on each land and (b) are the details of the bank account where the money for the leases must be paid?

Reply:

(1) 218.

(2)(a) 609.

(2)(b)

  • Some farms are still in the process of being allocated to lessees.
  • Some previously allocated farms are in the process of being reallocated.
  • There are instances of illegal invasion of farms.
  • There are instances of disputes with lessees regarding the suitability of the farm, which result in refusal by prospective lessees to sign lease agreements whilst the matters giving rise to a dispute are still being dealt with.
  • Some farms are no longer leasable since they are occupied by communities.
  • There are instances where multiple farmers have been allocated a single farm, which has not yet been officially subdivided hence lease units are still being created.
  • There have been changes in the leasing policy in the past three years, which impacted on the conclusion of leases.

(3)(a) R252 391.00 (April – November 2019).

3(b)

  • Agricultural Land Holding Account: ABSA Bank Account No.: 407 449 8283
  • Department of Rural Development and Land Reform Account: ABSA Bank Account No.: 405 400 6793

12 December 2019 - NW1637

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Masipa, Mr NP to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

With reference to the investigation on the former Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, (a) what findings were made during the investigation, (b) on what date will she release the findings of the investigation and (c) how soon will she implement the recommendations from the report?

Reply:

During the financial year 2019/20, a number of investigations were conducted into the former Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. It would be appreciated if the Honourable Member was to provide the details of the specific investigation referred to in the parliamentary question, to enable the department to provide an appropriate response.