Mabuza talks land reform, SA economy at Mpumalanga Show

Deputy President David Mabuza was speaking at the Mpumalanga Show held at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday.

Deputy President David Mabuza at the Mpumalanga Show on 31 August 2019. Picture: @PresidencyZA/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President David Mabuza said being able to present business opportunities and a platform for learning for emerging entrepreneurs could inspire them and create new employment opportunities.

Mabuza was speaking at the Mpumalanga Show held at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday. The annual event showcases several key sectors.

Mabuza said government aimed to grow the competitiveness of the economy, with agriculture being a pivotal part of economic growth.

The deputy president explained this, among other reasons, was why government had pushed for the land reform programme, which includes land expropriation without compensation.

“As we embark on the land reform programme, which has gained traction with the resolution of Parliament to amend Section 25 of the Constitution to allow for expropriation of land without compensation, we do so to ensure economic growth and continued support to farmers.”

He said this would ensure that the country remained food secure. He added that farmers would receive support.

“Our agriculture continues to be a pivotal part of our economy. Our forestry gives us timber that supports other sectors like mining, rail and road construction, housing construction, furniture manufacturing, paper and pulp, ecotourism and all other opportunities of agricultural nature.”

Mabuza said government would continue to drive interventions aimed at the diversification of the economy. This, he said, was to strengthen the country’s capabilities while focusing on increasing skills development and job creation.