Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe says the government has made tangible progress in land reform since the advent of democracy in South Africa.

Briefing the media Thursday on the Cabinet meeting Wednesday, Radebe said 54,400 hectares of strategically located land were acquired and allocated, and 51,188 hectares were allocated to smallholder producers.

Despite this, Radebe said, more needed to be done to ensure that the vision of vibrant, equitable and sustainable rural communities becomes a reality.

About 6,530 hectares of the acquired land were allocated to farm dwellers and labour tenants. Of the 112 land claims which were settled, 57 were in rural areas, benefiting 2,553 people in 467 households.

The Chief Land Claims Commissioner also approved the phase two submission for the settlement of the Masinenge community land claim and the Mtshali family claim through the payment of financial compensation.

The total value of the Masinenge settlement is 7.1 million Rand (about 507,000 US dollars) for the benefit of 64 households, who were verified as victims of land dispossession.

"The Commission on Restitution of Land Rights has, during the period 1 April 2016 to 31 October 2016, paid out close to a billion rand in compensation to land claimants, who were dispossessed of their rights in land," Radebe said.


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