By Kemantha Govender
Durban - Government has set out to find new ways to deal with some of the difficulties it faces in its land reform programme. It has taken a grassroots level approach, which it hopes will uncover deeper issues and be the catalyst for innovative solutions.
"We are all aware that land reform has not always produced the intended results ... it is therefore imperative that we find more pragmatic solutions for land reform," said Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti.
He met with people from all over KwaZulu-Natal to iron out issues around government's land reform programme. The meeting, held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre, was also attended by Premier Zweli Mkhize and MEC for Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development, Lydia Johnson.
Traditional leaders, municipal heads and labour tenants were given an opportunity to highlight their challenges and also come up with proposed solutions.
Nkwinti said one such solution was the Recapitalisation and Development Programme, which seeks to guarantee food security, create employment opportunities and graduate small scale farmers into commercial farmers.