Commercial Property News South Africa

Subscribe

Elections 2024

Prince Mashele on the EFF in South Africa

Prince Mashele on the EFF in South Africa

Advertise your job ad
    Search jobs

    State farms to go to community, youths in North West

    North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo's pledge to allocate all state-owned farms in the province to community and youth cooperatives has been greeted favourably, but details on how this will be implemented are sketchy.
    North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo is to give state-owned land to cooperatives and youths to farm and provide implements, seeds and training. Image:
    North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo is to give state-owned land to cooperatives and youths to farm and provide implements, seeds and training. Image: NWPG

    In his state of the province address Mahumapelo said: "Government will provide seeds and implements, and ensure that state hospitals procure all their required supplies from these cooperatives".

    He said the that the roll-out of the land allocation would take three years.

    His spokesman, Sam Mokaila, said all young people and women who were organised under properly registered cooperatives would benefit from this initiative.

    "Government farms, including those owned by municipalities, are at different use levels. No productive farms will be affected by this intervention," he said.

    Cooperatives will supply produce to schools, hospitals

    Makaila said that once identified and farming was under way, the cooperatives would be linked to chosen state hospitals and selected schools that need nutrition.

    "The programme is open anybody affiliated through a cooperative, which is registered with government and its members have the requisite skills. If they do not have those skills these will be taught through an incubation process provided by our Enterprise Development Department," he said.

    Land that is not being used in North West Province and is owned by the state will be handed over to cooperatives and youths to farm. Image:
    Land that is not being used in North West Province and is owned by the state will be handed over to cooperatives and youths to farm. Image: OLX

    "Further details on how many farms will be available, where they are, the financial implications (and) the identification of beneficiaries identification, will be spelled out during MEC's budget speech later in July," said Mokaila.

    DA spokeswoman on Agriculture in the North West, Annette Steyn, said the provincial government's initiative was similar to her party's policy.

    "Our concern is that we are still not sure which entity of government owns which piece of land, and we have not seen a training plan for beneficiaries. Land reform fails because of lack of proper training for beneficiaries," she said.

    "Land on its own does not have value, it depends what you do with that land. It is a good idea and we hope that people will not be left there without resources and proper training," said Steyn.

    Agri SA North West Chief Executive, Boeta du Toit, said his organisation would be willing to assist beneficiaries through stakeholder platforms.

    "Mahumapelo is in favour of working in partnership to provide necessary capacity and development. Together with other stakeholders, we will assist in creating an enabling environment," said Du Toit.

    Source: The Times via I-Net Bridge

    Source: I-Net Bridge

    For more than two decades, I-Net Bridge has been one of South Africa’s preferred electronic providers of innovative solutions, data of the highest calibre, reliable platforms and excellent supporting systems. Our products include workstations, web applications and data feeds packaged with in-depth news and powerful analytical tools empowering clients to make meaningful decisions.

    We pride ourselves on our wide variety of in-house skills, encompassing multiple platforms and applications. These skills enable us to not only function as a first class facility, but also design, implement and support all our client needs at a level that confirms I-Net Bridge a leader in its field.

    Go to: http://www.inet.co.za
    Let's do Biz