President Jacob Zuma says his government is exploring alternative means of acquiring land following complaints about the willing-buyer-willing-seller policy preferred by the state since 1994.
“Land is linked to development in rural areas. We have recognised that, in order to move forward decisively with the land redistribution programme, significant changes have to be made to the willing-buyer-willing-seller model of land redistribution,” argues Zuma.
The President was in Giyani to officially launch the comprehensive rural development programme. This is a pilot project which is linked to the land and agrarian reform strategy he promised to develop soon after taking office. The project is aimed at creating a job opportunity for one person every household for a period of two years.
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