Land reform report big on historical context, sketchy on the future

20 August 2019. When the advisory panel on land reform and agriculture released its final report in late July, six key opportunities were highlighted to address a more equitable distribution of South Africa’s land. The report cautions that the land reform process in the context of South Africa is complicated, and in reference to the most controversial aspect of land reform, namely expropriation without compensation (EWC), states that it cannot alone be fixed through one constitutional amendment (section (25). Read more…


Parliament Preview 2019

16 January 2019 – List of current Bills before Parliament. The Fifth Parliament term ends on 6 May. According to the Constitution, elections must take place within 90 days after that, so no later than 5 August. The election date has not been proclaimed but indications are that it will be in May.

In the remaining days of the Fifth Parliament, political decisions will have to be made about what outstanding parliamentary business can be dropped due to lack of time as MPs actually depart by 29 March 2019 to go and campaign. However, MPs can be called back for “emergency” business right up until 6 May. Read more…


Carbon Tax Bill

22 November 2018 – The Carbon Tax Bill has been tabled in parliament. The bill calls for a R120 per ton carbon tax. The tax is scheduled to come into effect on 1 June 2019.


Agri SA welcomes passing of the Minimum Wage Bill

1 June 2018 – Agri SA has cautiously welcomed the passing of the National Minimum Wage Bill by the National Assembly. The agriculture union said it has also noted the passing of the Labour Relations Amendment Act and Basic Conditions of Employment Act, all of which were also passed by the South African parliament. Read more…


Land seizures are complex, costly and unwise — just ask Zimbabwe

5 March 2018 – With the benefit of hindsight, the Zimbabwean experience tells us that the notion of expropriation without compensation is a bad idea. Read more…


Bills on ‘sugar tax’ and tax exemption adopted in Parliament

13 November 2017 -Parliament’s finance committee has adopted bills that provide for the introduction of a health promotion levy (the sugar tax) as well as amending the tax exemption for income earned by South Africans working abroad. Read more…


New national minimum wage announced brings certainty for agriculture sector

The new national minimum wage, which will take effect on 1 May 2018, is based on an hourly rate of R20. The agricultural sector will initially have to pay 90% of the said wage, i.e. R18 per hour. The 2018 implementation date is now a year earlier than initially announced.

Agriculture will, as from March this year, start paying R15,39 per hour. This is in light of an 8% increase in minimum wage levels for agriculture announced by the Minister of Labour. Read more…