The Association For Rural Advancement (AFRA) has recently discovered that the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform has invited a number of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to attend a meeting today, 29th July 2016, in Gauteng.
In his invitation the Minister has stated that the purpose of the meeting will be:
“the establishment of the Forum, working together with the Department, which will be responsible, inter alia, for policy formulation, development of the National Programme for the implementation and monitoring and evaluation of progress in respect of the Land Reform (Labour Tenants) Act 2 of 1996 (LTA) and Extension of Security of Tenure Act 62 of 1997 (ESTA)”
In this context, AFRA is surprised that it did not receive an invitation to attend the meeting and is deeply concerned with the Minister’s decision not to invite AFRA to participate in the establishment of the national forum. We are also concerned by the repeated attempts of the Department to further delay the processing of labour tenant claims, which are clear set out in a very specific legal process, by confusing the process with regards to a broader programme for Farm Dwellers with a very different set of rights. The Department has systematically attempted to reduce the rights of labour tenants to the land which they have been promised by the Constitution that they should now have ownership of. Continue reading