Ramaphosa said this on Tuesday on the eve of Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s that the Guardians of Traditional Land Nationwide are assets to the land reform process.
“their participation in the land reform process is essential. “
He also announced that a presidential summit on land will be held this year after traditional leaders requested it in 2017.
“The NHTL is discussing this matter with the Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, as well as the Ministry of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development.
“It is important that every provincial house of traditional leaders, assisted by provincial governments, have their own talks to be informed about the process leading up to the summit.
“That consultation should be wide and representative and I urge you to meet as widely as possible with non-governmental, religious, youth and women’s organizations, as well as with people with disabilities and businesses.”
According to Ramaphosa, the advisory panel on land and agriculture chaired by Dr. Vuyokazi Mahlati earlier also released its report which indicated, among other things, that there are currently several shortcomings in the government’s land reform policies and programs.
“The government, together with the NHTL, is looking into the issues raised in the report to resolve the shortcomings,” Ramaphosa said.
Ramaphosa also reminded traditional leaders that the deadline for participation in the parliamentary process to amend the Constitution to enable the expropriation of land without compensation is around the corner and that their participation in it is also essential.