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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Business Day by Bekezela Phakathi.]

The South African government has spent R33bn since 1994 buying land for land reform, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti says.

In 1994, the government set a target of handing 30% of agricultural land to black recipients by 2014. A recent report by the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy said more than 20% (18-million hectares out of 82-million hectares) of the farmland has been transferred or financially compensated for to date.

The land-reform programme has generally been tardy, which has created uncertainty in the agricultural sector. The government has said a comprehensive land audit is required to assess the performance of its land-reform programme.

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5.1% y/y in September 2017 (CPI) & +4.2% y/y in August 2017 (PPI)
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