DEPUTY PRESIDENT MASHATILE TO UPDATE THE NCOP ON GOVERNMENT KEY PRIORITIES TO ACCELERATE LAND REFORM AND AGRICULTURAL SUPPORT

DEPUTY PRESIDENT MASHATILE TO UPDATE THE NCOP ON GOVERNMENT KEY PRIORITIES TO ACCELERATE LAND REFORM AND AGRICULTURAL SUPPORT

To: All Media/News Editors
Date: 13 June 2023

Deputy President Paul Mashatile will tomorrow, Wednesday, 14 June 2023, brief Members of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) during the Oral Replies session, on efforts led by government to accelerate land reform and provision of agricultural support, Parliament, Cape Town.

Government has made a commitment to embark on a land reform strategy that will ensure economic growth and inclusion, in all sectors of the economy, particularly in the entire agriculture and agro-processing value chain, and ultimately ensure sustainable food security.

Deputy President Mashatile will in this regard, outline a number of programmes that government has put in place to address both financial and technical support to emerging farmers as part of fast-tracking the land reform process.

In line with his role as Chairperson of the Human Resource Development Council, a multi-stakeholder body that creates an enabling environment to improve the human resource development in South Africa, Deputy President Mashatile will apprise members, on strategic interventions to respond to skills challenges of the country.

Further, in view of government commitment and efforts to promoting universal access to basic services such as provision of clean water, sanitation, sustainable energy, refuse collection and other essential services, the Deputy President will update the NCOP on measures to be implemented by government in ensuring that communities derive adequate access to dependable and high-quality services, through the District Development Model.
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Following his recent visit to Jagersfontein, in the Kopang Municipality in the Free State Province, to receive first-hand experience regarding the challenges brought by the Jagersfontein Development dam disaster, the Deputy President will then brief the Members on government efforts to finding lasting solutions to address issues of resettlement of displaced communities and the identified service delivery challenges.

Deputy President Mashatile will also brief Members of the NCOP on measures adopted by government to address concerns around weakening of state capacity in key departments and state-owned entities, owing to corruption and maladministration in some circumstances. These will include efforts put forward by government to focus on strengthening leadership, skills development and professionalisation of the public service, amongst others.

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