Policy Brief 3 - National Land Reform Programme and Rural Development
South Africa’s land reform programme has not reached its policy objectives for various reasons; among these
are the failure by government to provide adequate services to make the redistributed land productive, and the lack of access to credit, equipment and technical assistance, which makes it difficult for land reform beneficiaries
to put land to productive use. The Financial and Fiscal Commission (the Commission) undertook a study into the land reform programme. The survey results show the land reform programme’s lack of success is illustrated by the drastic decrease in production since land was transferred. This has resulted in job losses, especially at sites where the crops grown were labour intensive and required expertise, and in land reform beneficiaries being worse off than those who did not benefit from land reform.
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