White farmer's role highlights South Africa's land reform challenge

EDENVILLE, South Africa (Reuters) – Earlier this year, Nick Serfontein wrote an open letter to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa asking him to take the views of white farmers on board as the government considers expropriating land without compensation to reduce rural poverty. Now Serfontein sits on a 10-person board advising the president where to go next, based on what […]

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Zulu king wants South Africa land reform to exclude his territories

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini wants President Cryil Ramaphosa to sign an agreement promising to exclude territories that the monarch controls from a government land reform drive, the eNCA news channel reported on Monday. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) is targeting white-owned land for expropriation while also seeking to provide security of tenure to the 17 million […]

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Goldman forecasts South African economic rebound in 2019

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs (GS.N) expects South Africa’s economy to grow almost 3 percent next year, helped by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s reforms and strong global growth, the bank’s sub-Saharan Africa head told Reuters. Colin Coleman’s prediction is more optimistic than the view held by economists polled by Reuters last month, who saw Africa’s most industrialized economy growing 1.7 percent […]

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South African police evacuate mall over bomb threat

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Shoppers were evacuated from the Mall of Africa, one of South Africa’s largest shopping complexes, on Wednesday as police searched for a bomb after receiving a threat, police said. The mall, located between Johannesburg and Pretoria, houses about 300 shops, including global brands such as Inditex’s Zara, Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), Cotton On, Starbucks and Woolworths. “There […]

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South Africa’s ANC withdraws land expropriation bill passed in 2016

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) said on Tuesday an expropriation bill passed by parliament in 2016 enabling the state to make compulsory purchases of land to redress racial disparities in land ownership has been withdrawn. A ‘No entry sign’ is seen at an entrance of a farm outside Witbank, Mpumalanga province, South Africa July 13, […]

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Trump’s comment on land serves only to ‘polarize debate’: South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa has told the U.S. charge d’affaires to convey to Washington that it is disappointed about the U.S. failure to use diplomatic channels after President Donald Trump commented on Twitter about the issue of land. The Foreign Affairs department said it told the U.S. envoy, Jessye Lapenn, at a meeting on Thursday, that it was working […]

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Trump wants Pompeo to study ‘killing of farmers’ in South Africa

WASHINGTON/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he had asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to study South African “land and farm seizures” and “killing of farmers”, prompting Pretoria to accuse Trump of stoking racial divisions. FILE PHOTO: People erect a shack during illegal land occupations, in Mitchell’s Plain township near Cape Town, South Africa, May 29, […]

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South Africa to seek clarification from U.S. embassy on Trump’s…

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s presidency will seek clarification from the U.S. embassy about a tweet from President Donald Trump about land reform, state broadcaster reported on Thursday. Trump tweeted late on Wednesday that he would ask his Secretary of State to look closely at “the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and large-scale killing of farmers.” President […]

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South African poultry group targets U.S. import quota

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) has filed a lawsuit seeking to force the government to suspend a quota that excludes some U.S. poultry imports from an anti-dumping tariff, a senior official with the association said on Tuesday. A local resident carries her purchases of vegetables and poultry from a makeshift market near Qunu, in the Eastern […]

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