9 May 2021 – 3:30pm
Deputy President David Mabuza in his capacity as the Chairperson of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Land Reform convened and chaired a meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Committee, after the successful land and title deeds handover to the Covie Community in the Western Cape, on the last day of Freedom Month.
The meeting received a report on the status of land that is under the jurisdiction of State Owned Enterprises, as well as plans for the usage of the land for spatial integration. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure as well as the Department of Public Enterprises will jointly audit the land under State Owned Enterprises to determine what is to be released for redistribution in the short, medium and long term.
Furthermore, the meeting noted consultations by government with various stakeholders of the Land Administration and Tenure Reform intended to initiate a process of transferring communal land to persons or communities whose tenure of land is not legally secured, as approved by Cabinet.
To this end, consultations with the National House of Traditional Leaders, Contralesa and the National Khoisan Council are ongoing.
The Inter-Ministerial Committee was further updated on progress in the implementation of the National Spatial Development Framework in guiding land redistribution and development towards spatial transformation, consolidation and integration.
In particular the meeting was apprised on ruralisation and the need for decisive and sustainable rural development and agrarian reform. The meeting was encouraged by the ongoing work in eliminating legacy imbalances in housing distribution and building of inclusive residential markets as well as ensuring service delivery in an integrated residential landscape.
The emphasis is to spatially transform and consolidate settlement development in new and existing areas and to continue to use the delivery of housing for a broad range of housing typologies within integrated mixed-use developments and multiple tenure options.
Finally, the Inter-Ministerial Committee was appraised on the ongoing consultations in regards to the amendment of Section 25 of the Constitution.