Multimillion rand grant for land use and needs assessment study

Government wants rural land users to adopt fit-for-purpose land use practices. This requires, for example, that the best farmland be used - with care - for crop and livestock farming into the distant future. A recent law, the Spatial Planning Land Use Management Act (2015), sets out the rules for ideal land uses. How many rural land users are following the prescripts of this law? Policymakers find it hard to answer this question without accurate knowledge about actual land uses in rural municipalities. Policy-relevant evidence is needed to fill this information gap.

HSRC researchers have been contracted to build the tools for better knowledge about localised land uses and needs. The project has a budget of almost R4 million. Funds are from the Belgian aid agency, better known as Belgian Technical Cooperation Committee (BTCC).

Research activities kicked-off with planning meetings around mid-November 2016. These meetings brought the full team, including land tenure experts from two South African universities, into face-to-face discussions to fine-tune the goals, scope and scale of this assignment.

These gatherings have proved fruitful to foster a common approach and method to implement this multimillion rand study.

Testing the land use and needs assessment tool in a sample of 10 district municipalities, spread over 5 provinces, will help to demonstrate its usefulness and improve the tool before applying it in other municipalities.

The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) can use the results for better land administration and spatial planning. District Land Reform Committees (DLRCs) are new land allocation structures that heavily rely on this information to fulfil their core mandate. To fully exploit this tool, members of DLRCs will need customised training in its use. Offering them this training forms a major part of this project which is expected to conclude in July 2017.

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risenga Says:30 January 2017
I thing this research will show the extend which in rural areas the prescripts of this law are not followed. In most cases, traditional leaders in rural areas change farming area to residential area without following proper procedure. people farming area is taken by force and people cannot have farm any more. I hope malamulele can be selected as one of the study area for this purpose
Damaice Says:25 February 2017
we are a Multipurpose NPO community centre in Limpopo province ,South Africa ,intending to conduct Youth Development programmes in Farming , entrepreneurship , IT to name but a few. We request to be roped in the training and other programmes that willsee to the sustainability of our project.
Damaice Says:25 February 2017
we are a Multipurpose NPO community centre in Limpopo province ,South Africa ,intending to conduct Youth Development programmes in Farming , entrepreneurship , IT to name but a few. We request to be roped in the training and other programmes that willsee to the sustainability of our project.
Jack Armour Says:1 March 2017
I am the Mangaung Metro DLRC chair. I have made numerous requests to the SPLUM division at DRDLA as I am concerned that we are following the 1 farm 1 farmer approach and not addressing the real land needs. Being a metro agricultural land close to the metro is very expensive, yet naturally very much in demand from prospective LR beneficiaries!
Aliber 2009 results show the real land needs are for secure tenure and not necessarily land for farming, hence suitable land for tenure, without compromising High potential agricultural land should be the priority. Ideally ultra high value, micro farming should take place on peri-urban fringes utilizing urban storm-water systems?
I look forward to the outcomes!
Jack Armour Says:1 March 2017
I am the Mangaung Metro DLRC chair. I have made numerous requests to the SPLUM division at DRDLA as I am concerned that we are following the 1 farm 1 farmer approach and not addressing the real land needs. Being a metro agricultural land close to the metro is very expensive, yet naturally very much in demand from prospective LR beneficiaries!
Aliber 2009 results show the real land needs are for secure tenure and not necessarily land for farming, hence suitable land for tenure, without compromising High potential agricultural land should be the priority. Ideally ultra high value, micro farming should take place on peri-urban fringes utilizing urban storm-water systems?
I look forward to the outcomes!
Jack Armour Says:1 March 2017
I am the Mangaung Metro DLRC chair. I have made numerous requests to the SPLUM division at DRDLA as I am concerned that we are following the 1 farm 1 farmer approach and not addressing the real land needs. Being a metro agricultural land close to the metro is very expensive, yet naturally very much in demand from prospective LR beneficiaries!
Aliber 2009 results show the real land needs are for secure tenure and not necessarily land for farming, hence suitable land for tenure, without compromising High potential agricultural land should be the priority. Ideally ultra high value, micro farming should take place on peri-urban fringes utilizing urban storm-water systems?
I look forward to the outcomes!
mike Grover Says:3 March 2017
If possible we would like to be one of the testing sites or be kept up to speed on this tool as we work in rural communities.
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