programme. This could have a significant impact on boosting trade and investment since some of the restored land is premium agricultural land,” Setou said.
SA was grappling with its land reform programme while other countries on the continent were yet to finalise land reform.
He said there could be lessons from failures by different countries to drive partnership-driven land reform.
“From the different experiences of our neighbouring countries, we have seen how land reform has caused some disruptions in agriculture production. Any land reform approach must be pragmatic. It’s unfortunate that a lot of what we have seen across the region has brought disruptions to food security and affected agricultural productivity, as beneficiaries in most cases are not financially supported to drive commercial farming,” Setou said.
In South Africa, over eight million hectares of land has been transferred to beneficiaries of land reform, but the redistribution programme had not lived up to expectation as much of the land redistributed fell into disuse, resulting in a failure of projects and the shedding of jobs.
He challenged people to grab the opportunities to be presented by the newly established ACFTA.
While the signing of the ACFTA was timely , he cautioned that signatories should avoid the pitfalls that have beset similar trade agreements. “If we can follow through with its implementation, it can go a long way towards growing African economies that can thrive.” –
A visitor to Melrose Arch enjoys the Christmas displays. Viewing of the display is free every evening until January 5. The centre will also host a Christmas market from Wednesday.