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empowerment models


order to look at land reform from a

different angle, he and his team started

tracking successes in land reform last year

and capturing them in a databank. The

web page was introduced to the public in

November 2016 and contains previously

published articles on land reform that is

largely driven by the private sector and

is extremely successful.

The databank can save the producers

who want to become actively involved

in land reform the ‘school fees’. The

articles included in the data bank

involve projects that work and that

can be described as sustainable

land reform.

This databank is quite extensive, with

successes in various commodities

– from mangoes to sheep. A variety

of methods of shareholding and

financing are also described and

can provide producers with clear

guidelines for their own projects.

According to Mr Christo van der Rheede, deputy executive director of Agri SA, uncertainty

about the government’s policy and major ‘political noise’ are the reasons why land reform

is experienced as negative.

The databank with articles is available at

and includes success stories like that of

Cedar Citrus in Citrusdal in the Western Cape.

This project was established by ALG Estates

and a total of 36 farmworkers benefit from

the project. ALG Estates made 40 ha of land

available and donated 36 000 citrus trees.

Scan this QR code

to view examples in

the databank.

This is what the web page of the databank looks like.

Producers will benefit from the databank

by gaining knowledge on the variety of

financing mechanisms that are already

being used to make the projects successful

and sustainable.

Many other projects that involve large

businesses and even schools are contained

in the databank.

Valerie Cilliers, SA Graan/Grain contributor