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Derek Hanekom calls for a different land reform model

He believes that urgent change is needed to ensure fair and equitable land redistribution in South Africa.

FILE: Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Former Agriculture Minister Derek Hanekom is calling for a different land reform model.

The now Minister of Tourism believes that urgent change is needed to ensure fair and equitable land redistribution in South Africa.

Hanekom says he was proud of the Restitution of Land Act when it was introduced.

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But in practise, it has not achieved the necessary results in terms of land reform.

"It hasn't gone far enough. It hasn't transformed the landscape sufficiently. It hasn't changed the patterns of land ownership sufficiently. The question is 'why not, 20 years later?'"

He says government focused on a model of collective farming, because the issue of land reform was so urgent.

But in hindsight he acknowledges that was a mistake - one for which he is partly to blame.

"In fact, every bit of international evidence points out that it's the worst way."

Hanekom now believes a better approach will be one where individual small holdings or company-owned farms become the norm.