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Discussing the land question in Cape Town
Land Expropriation: Whether to do it; How to do it; & the Unintended Consequences

This was the theme of a very well attended Roundtable Discussion hosted recently by our partners at the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office - with a deputy minister, a leading agriculture expert and a renowned activist consultant on the panel.

Panelists with CPLO Director

L-R: Dr Rick de Satgé; Mr Jeremy Cronin; Fr Peter-John Pearson (Director, CPLO); and Mr Wandile Sihlobo


South Africa is discussing a potential amendment to the Constitution

A land reform is being debated widely in South Africa at the moment. Policy failures of the government over the past decades led to a situation where necessary progress in this regard has been painfully slow - yet there are concerns that the reform will affect investment climate and productivity. Deputy Minister Jeremy Cronin was part of the panel with Dr Rick de Satgé, Phuhlisani Solutions, and Wandile Sihlobo, Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa.

Read this report about the presentations and discussions which has just been published by the program manager at the CPLO: 

Deputy Minister of Public Works Jeremy Cronin

Jeremy Cronin, Deputy Minister of Public Works


How to have a productive land reform?

Deputy Minister Jeremy Cronin, talking about land expropriation, remarked: „We should not be in denial of the past, but we can’t return to a better past”. Find a new article on this topic which is based on an interview with Deputy Minister Jeremy Cronin, using this link: 

Wandile Sihlobo is a renowned expert on questions of Agriculture who has also just been appointed to South Africa's International Trade Administration Commission. He publishes regularly in national papers and on social media, including on questions of land reform. Here is a link to a recent article of his:

The Financial Times recently published a comprehensive article by President Cyril Ramaphosa on the question of land reform as well: