Minister Didiza’s Budget Vote Speech centered on the themes of private-public-partnership approaches

Minister Didiza’s Budget Vote Speech centered on the themes of private-public-partnership approaches

The Minister’s speech is positive as it centred on the theme of public-private partnerships for development and expansion in the sector and emphasised various programmes that the social partners are already working on in collaboration with the government. I share the minister’s broad view that harnessing the power of public and private sector collaboration is critical to unlocking opportunities for inclusive growth in the sector.

South Africa’s expropriation debate must not sap energy from agricultural master plan

South Africa’s expropriation debate must not sap energy from agricultural master plan

The debate over amending section 25 has gone beyond the realm of agriculture as various other stakeholders have engaged with parliament. As the outcome is likely to have direct implications for the success of the department’s work programme, it would be prudent for parliament to consider the broader impact on the agricultural and other sectors of the economy while SA is in an economic reconstruction phase.

South Africa’s agriculture and land reform: How far are we from an integrated and inclusive rural economy?

State of the Nation Address a mixed bag on agriculture

The agricultural message within the State of the Nation Address was a mixed bag; an acknowledgement of the farming potential to create jobs and foster growth, yet a hazy view on land policy and support programmes for land reform beneficiaries. There may also be an over-reliance on the master plans; time will tell if it will genuinely deliver on its promise.

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