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ANC NEC calls for land ownership restrictions

Gwede Mantashe says there should be a ceiling on the amount of land any one person can own.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Foreign nationals should not be allowed to own land in South Africa, the ANC said on Wednesday following its policy lekgotla.

It also decided that there should be a ceiling on the amount of land any one person or company should be allowed to own.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe there should be limits on the amount of land people can own.

"The lekgotla has resolved that there should be a ceiling on land ownership and that is a maximum of 12,000 hectares of land or two farms for all legal persons."

He says the proposal will have to be tested to see if it can pass constitutional muster.

The general secretary says they want government to speed up land reform programmes.

POWER CRUNCH

Mantashe said the ANC's national executive committee also told government to intervene urgently to help Eskom build its power stations more quickly.

He says the building of the new power stations shouldn't just be left up to Eskom.

The ANC secretary general says government must make a meaningful impact on the electricity supply situation in the country.

"There must be a concerted effort to also connect renewable energy on the main grid."

Eskom on Wednesday implemented nationwide load shedding for a third consecutive day.

Last year the ANC decided that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa would head a team that would help out troubled parastatals like Eskom and the South African Post Office.

Eskom meanwhile warned that without additional funding to buy diesel, load shedding would be continuous and ongoing because the utility wouldn't be able to operate its open gas turbines.

The power utility has experienced major supply problems since last year when a coal silo collapsed at the Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga, which reduced supply by about 1,800 megawatts.

Eskom is also facing financial collapse and urgently needs funding from government.

Energy experts and economists have warned a government bailout will not help Eskom in the long-term to deal with the electricity crisis.