South Africa to limit farm sizes to speed land redistribution

    by Ed Stoddard, Reuters
    Wednesday, 25 May 2016 10:29 BST

A farm worker walks between rows of vegetables at a farm in Eikenhof, south of Johannesburg, May 13, 2015. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa's government is planning to impose limits on farm sizes to free up parcels of land to hand over to blacks, a minister said on Saturday, giving an insight into the workings of a divisive redistribution scheme.

Gugile Nkwinti, the minister of rural development and land reform, told Reuters the government was planning to set a range of limits - from a 1,000-hectare "small-scale" farm, up to the largest allowed, at 12,000 hectares.

"If you are a small-scale farm and have 1,400 HA, we will buy the 400, and leave you with your 1,000. We will buy the extra and redistribute it to black people," the minister said.

South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC), facing local elections in August, has promised to speed up plans to redistribute land which remains predominantly in white hands two decades after the end of apartheid.

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