Experts to launch debate on foreign ownership of land

Posted On Thursday, 22 July 2004 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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THE cabinet has decided to appoint a panel of experts to launch a public debate on the rights and wrongs of foreign ownership of land and whether it should be restricted.

Thoko DidizaTHE cabinet has decided to appoint a panel of experts to launch a public debate on the rights and wrongs of foreign ownership of land and whether it should be restricted.

The debate will also include the extent to which foreign ownership has affected the process of land reform in SA.

This decision signals the seriousness with which government is tackling the question and its resolve to de vise a policy on the basis of wide public consultation.

Concern about foreign land ownership and its effect on property prices was first voiced by Agriculture and Land Affairs Minister Thoko Didiza.

President Thabo Mbeki has express ed his support for a public debate on the issue.

Government spokesman Joel Netshitenzhe said the agriculture and land affairs department would conduct a comprehensive audit of various forms of land ownership in the country before public views would be sought.

"A panel of experts from within and outside of government will be appointed, and the public will be invited to submit their views on the matter," Netshitenzhe said. No time frames had been set for the process.

The cabinet also approved the extension of the South African National Defence Force participation in the United Nations (UN) mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the UNAfrican Union mission in Ethiopa-Eritrea, for 12 months to end-April next year.

The cabinet also decided on a year-long intervention to assist Eastern Cape's education department, which has been plagued by overspending while about 60% of posts are vacant, especially in management and district offices.

A team of officials from national government and the provinces will be deployed to Eastern Cape to strengthen its education department's management and monitoring mechanisms. These steps are to formalised in an agreement between Education Minister Naledi Pandor and Eastern Cape's education MEC.

The cabinet has also approved the extension of the term of office of environmental affairs and tourism director-general Crispian Olver for one year and that of correctional services director-general Linda Mti for three years.

Nomazizi Mtshotshisa was reappointed as Telkom chairman for a further year.

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