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‘Need to speed up land reform’

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This was the main highlight of the MEC for Agriculture, Land Reform, Rural Development, Environment and Nature Conservation's budget speech.

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THE MEC for Agriculture, Land Reform, Rural Development, Environment and Nature Conservation, Nomandla Bloem, highlighted the need to speed up land reform when she delivered her budget speech yesterday.

She stated that with the support of national government, the department planned to acquire 15 760 hectares of land for the 2019/20 financial year with an allocated budget of R83.5 million to accelerate land redistribution in the Province.

Bloem said smallholder farmers, farm dwellers and labour tenants, military veterans, agricultural graduates and the youth in the Province would receive preference when land was distributed.

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