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    S/Africa, Namibia share notes on land reforms

    APA-Pretoria (South Africa)

    Ministers from South Africa and neighbouring Namibia met in Pretoria on Tuesday to share notes, best practices and common interest in rural development and land reforms.

    South African Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Namibia’s Urban and Rural Development Minister Peya Mushelenga said the talks, labelled as a “learning session”, allowed the two sides to share views on cooperatives policy formulation.

    "We are very keen to learn. It is important to keep learning from each other, particularly as neighbours. We want to learn lessons from Namibia, and not for us to repeat the same mistakes they made in this field," Nkoana-Mashabane said at the end of the meeting.

    South Africa has embarked on its own land reforms in order to spread the commodity evenly the country’s large endless population.

    She added that officials from the two states would be visiting each other to share more information on land policy formation.

    A recent government land audit revealed that only 13% of the land is in the hands of government; some 87% of the land is in the private sector (whites), while black South Africans lag far behind -- owning only 4% of the land.

    Following the end of apartheid, the government targeted that by 2014 it would redistribute 30% of the land but only managed to redistribute 13% -- leading the parliament to resolve that the government should change the current law to grab land without compensation and redistribute it to the landless.

    The two ministers also shared notes on Agriparks, sustainable farming, cooperatives and rural development centres.

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