order to look at land reform from a
different angle, he and his team started
tracking successes in land reform last year
and capturing them in a databank. The
web page was introduced to the public in
November 2016 and contains previously
published articles on land reform that is
largely driven by the private sector and
is extremely successful.
The databank can save the producers
who want to become actively involved
in land reform the ‘school fees’. The
articles included in the data bank
involve projects that work and that
can be described as sustainable
This databank is quite extensive, with
successes in various commodities
– from mangoes to sheep. A variety
of methods of shareholding and
financing are also described and
can provide producers with clear
guidelines for their own projects.
According to Mr Christo van der Rheede, deputy executive director of Agri SA, uncertainty
about the government’s policy and major ‘political noise’ are the reasons why land reform
is experienced as negative.
The databank with articles is available athttp://www.agrisa.co.za/sustainable-growth/
and includes success stories like that of
Cedar Citrus in Citrusdal in the Western Cape.
This project was established by ALG Estates
and a total of 36 farmworkers benefit from
the project. ALG Estates made 40 ha of land
available and donated 36 000 citrus trees.
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This is what the web page of the databank looks like.
Producers will benefit from the databank
by gaining knowledge on the variety of
financing mechanisms that are already
being used to make the projects successful
Many other projects that involve large
businesses and even schools are contained
in the databank.
Valerie Cilliers, SA Graan/Grain contributor