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• Re­view land re­form pol­icy and en­sure enough fi­nan­cial sup­port for land re­form and AgriBEE. Man­age ex­pec­ta­tions about what land re­form can achieve. Fo­cus on cre­at­ing sus­tain­able busi­nesses as op­posed to sim­ply trans­fer­ring land. Ex­ter­nalise the cost of land pur­chase for new en­trants. The State (or a spe­cial agency) should ini­tially buy and re­tain own­er­ship of the land. The land can be leased to farm­ers and later sold or trans­ferred to suit­able can­di­dates. In­vest in ed­u­ca­tion at school and ter­tiary level to train the next gen­er­a­tion of black farm­ers. Stream­line com­mu­ni­ca­tion and co-or­di­na­tion be­tween sec­tions of the DOALA. Re­place sus­pi­cion and mis­trust with prag­ma­tism and sup­port for a wide range of in­no­va­tive ar­range­ments and part­ner­ships be­tween the State, emerg­ing farm­ers and es­tab­lished com­mer­cial farm­ers. This must be sup­ported by ap­pro­pri­ate con­ces­sion­ary fi­nance from paras­tatals such as the Land Bank.

Not avail­able for com­ment. Lulu Xing­wana

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