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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Bloomberg by Paul Vecchiatto and Felix Njini.]

South Africa’s government should consider developing a policy that provides for compensation as well as expropriation without payment for land to be redistributed to the nation’s landless black majority, an advisory panel said.

The policy could consider zero compensation, minimal payments as well as market-related payments for targeted land, the panel headed by public policy expert Vuyokazi Mahlati said in a report released Sunday in Pretoria, the capital.

“It should provide a typology of situations and indicate how compensation should be approached in each,” the report said. “For instance, property owners who bought land since 1994 should not be treated the same as those who inherited property. Big institutional owners who have large property portfolios should not be treated the same as families whose land is their primary livelihood asset.”

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South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.5% y/y in June 2019 (CPI) & +5.8 y/y in June 2019 (PPI)
-3.2% q/q (1st quarter of 2019)
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