Building vibrant, equitable and sustainable rural communities with food security for all

Plans for 2014/15

Government identified agriculture as a key job driver, President Jacob Zuma said in the State of the Nation Address of June 2014. The target is for the agricultural sector to create a million jobs by 2030.

Government will provide comprehensive support to smallholder farmers by speeding up land reform and providing technical, infrastructural and financial support.

Support will be provided to communities as well to engage in food production and subsistence farming to promote food security, in line with the Fetsa Tlala food production programme.

An update on progress and achievements - 2012/13

Assistance for rural communities

Through government's Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP), people living in rural communities have been given the opportunity to overcome poverty.

Some of the highlights under the programme include:

  • the establishment of 2 447 household food gardens at CRDP sites
  • training 2 656 beneficiaries in technical enterprise development trades
  • establishing 52 councils of stakeholders as representative community forums
  • rolling out comprehensive rural development programmes to 157 rural wards
  • profiling 143 698 poor households to assess their needs
  • erecting 692 kilometres of fencing in CRDP wards
  • upgrading 96 kilometres of roads in CRDP wards.

The National Rural Youth Services Corps (NARYSEC) programme complements the CRDP to support skills development and employment in rural areas. By the end of September 2012, NARYSEC recorded 11 540 youth in the programme compared to 7 956 in September 2010.

Land reform

  • The Land Rights Management Facility was restructured and a total of 1 348 cases involving 22 895 occupiers were referred. So far, 645 matters have been concluded.
  • The Commission on Restitution of Land Rights finalised a total of 1 272 land claims between 1 April 2009 and 30 September 2011.
  • Since 2009, 1 306 346 hectares of land have been acquired and redistributed benefitting 1 942 789 people.

Rural development success story

Boost for rural youth

The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform has injected R15,7 million into Rural development an agricultural cooperative formed by a group of 25 young people from Jericho in the North West.

These young people who call themselves Bana Ba Kgwale Agricultural Primary Cooperative, wanted to get involved in farming, supply local communities with the produce and create job opportunities for their counterparts in the village.

The department's investment in the cooperative forms part of its Recapitalisation and Development Programme that aims to provide interventions to distressed and newly acquired farms.

The money from the department was used for the connection of Eskom power lines to the farm, as well as for fencing, water tanks and stands, a new abluti on block, a pack house, an office and a borehole pump. They also bought farming implements, fertilisers, seeds, fuel and other goods for the farm.

The 510 hectare farm is on the communal land of the Bakwena Ba Mogopa Traditional Authority. Bana ba Kgwale, which was registered in 2008, has so far created 133 jobs. The cooperative also supports communities by donating fresh vegetables to poor households and to the Maboloka HIV and AIDS Hospice Centre Project in the Maboloka village just outside Jericho.

The cooperative futhermore supplies chain supermarket Pick n Pay with vegetables.

Source: Government's year of delivery 2012/2013 [PDF] 2 045 kb

What does Government say about rural development?

Outcomes for rural development and land reform

The Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform and MECs have signed delivery agreements based on Outcome 7: Vibrant, equitable and sustainable rural communities with food security for all. The document Delivery agreement for outcome 7: Vibrant, equitable and sustainable rural communities and food security for all lists standards against which performance are measured.

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