The following programmes are undertaken by the Land Reform unit in 2012/13


Stakeholder Engagement and Management

  • Stakeholders’ engagement and management is embarked upon by strengthening stakeholder relations with different government departments from national to district offices, development agencies, business enterprises, academic institutions and other stakeholders that focus on development and land reform in the country.

Participation in Land Reform Development Committees

  • Strengthened participation of internal stakeholders in the Land Reform Development Committees, especially the participation of land reform beneficiaries. The primary aim is to provide stakeholders with a platform for structured and constructive communication, co-ordination, co-operation and information sharing concerning the implementation of the land and agrarian reform in the Mill area. This will facilitate efficiency and effectiveness in project implementation, and promote developmental outcomes and long-term sustainability of the land reform programme.

Farmer Development Programme (Training, Capacity Building and Development)

Land Reform continuously thrives to formulate and implement Farmer Development Programme.  Key elements of this programme will involve providing a structured training programme, together with mentorship and institutional support.  The following projects under this programme are the following:

  • Co-ordination of access to training programmes for land reform farmers through the Land Reform Development Committees. 
  • The development of an institutional support model/s for large group based restitution projects. 
  • Facilitation of the implementation of a mentorship programme between relevant industry stakeholders and DRDLR, ADA, AGRI-Seta, DAFF, and members of the Provincial Reference Group.

Information and Knowledge Management

This project aims to provide a web based database on the status of land reform projects.  The database will keep track of progress made by the Land Reform unit in implementing land reform activities. The following are the objectives of the project:

  • Creating a centralized database for all transfer land reform projects that will be operational by July 2012;
  • Draft quarterly industry reports from data on trends (production, funding, training and development etc.);
  • Development of the reporting tools for the land reform database;
  • Use of data to develop research papers, proposal documents for the industry and government.

Gazetted Claims Categorisation

The aim of this project is to develop a credible database of outstanding restitution claims in the sugar industry. This database will categorise claims across the industry, with the intention of updating the information, and coordinate resource planning for potential transfers. The industry will have a more comprehensive status of the claims per District Municipality. This data will be used in preparation for a joint planning session with the Regional Land Claims Commission that will lead to a three–five year plan for the prioritization and settlement of claims that are not under litigation.

Leveraging of financial and technical resources to support sugar cane production and farmer development

The objective of this project is to source adequate funding and technical resources to support the land reform initiatives of the sugar industry by:

  • Facilitating access to RADP, CASP and other funding sources from DRDLR and DAFF) funding (including funding from Rural infrastructure development, Institutional Support Programmes);
  • Facilitating access to funding for Small Scale Grower projects. SASA would also locate dedicated capacity on a contractual basis to manage the Small Scale Grower – RADP Programme.  The focus would be on providing institutional support to the newly established co-operatives;
  • Development of a funding protocol for the industry.  The funding protocol will facilitate a more equitable distribution of funding between the different categories of black growers;
  • Support particular Millers and Growers in the establishment of Funding Entities;
  • Development of proposal for funding and technical support for farmer development programmes (training, capacity building, mentorship and institutional support) and specific research projects;
  • Development of a donor proposal for funding for the settlement of restitution claims.