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Constitutional Review Committee to Undertake Hearings

Parliament

The Constitutional Review Committee is to embark on extensive public consultations in order to fulfil its mandate.

The Committee was tasked with reviewing Section 25 of the Constitution and proposing constitutional amendments to allow for the expropriation of land in the public interest without compensation.

DRDLR Clarifies Position on Land Reform

Department of Rural Development and Land Reform

The rural development and land reform minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, has reiterated that expropriation of land without compensation will be done in a manner that ensures food security, increases agricultural production and improves economic growth.

In a statement, the rural development and land reform department confirmed that it will seek to speed up land reform within the framework set down by current policies and legislation while the parliamentary processes are being finalised.

Section 25 of the Constitution to be Reviewed

Parliament

The national assembly has passed a motion to review section 25 of the Constitution that deals with the right of property ownership.

In a statement, parliament indicates that the motion was brought by the Economic Freedom Fighters.

Extension of Security of Tenure Act Regulations Amended

Department of Rural Development and Land Reform

Regulations under the Extension of Security of Tenure Act have been amended.

The rural development and land reform department published the amendment in Government Gazette 41447.

Version 2 of Land Audit Report Released

Department of Rural Development and Land Reform

The rural development and land reform department recently released version 2 of the Land Audit Report.

The report focuses on private land ownership by race, gender and nationality.

Comment Sought on Draft Land Survey Amendment Bill

Department of Rural Development and Land Reform

A draft bill designed to tighten up how land in South Africa is surveyed has been published for comment.

The rural development and land reform department published the Draft Land Survey Amendment Bill in Government Gazette 41350.

Electronic Deeds Registration Systems Bill Tabled

Department of Rural Development and Land Reform

A bill that seeks to put an electronic deeds registration system in place has been tabled in parliament.

The Electronic Deeds Registration Systems Bill was published for comment in March 2017.

South African Land Cover Classes and Definitions in Place

Department of Rural Development and Land Reform

The South African Land Cover Classes and Definitions have been published in Government Gazette 41202.

The rural development and land reform department published the list in terms of the Spatial Data Infrastructure Act.

Rural Development Agency on the Cards

Department of Rural Development and Land Reform

A Draft Bill on the National Rural Development Agency (RDA) is in the pipeline.

In a briefing on Operation Phakisa, the rural development and land reform department announced that the draft bill will be completed in December 2017.

Extensive Consultations Planned for Restitution of Land Rights Bill

Portfolio Committee on Rural Development and Land Reform

The portfolio committee on rural development and land reform plans to conduct extensive public consultation on the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill.

The private member’s bill was published for comment in April 2017 and tabled in August 2017.

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