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Expropriation latest: How Ramaphosa plans to ‘give women the land’

With land expropriation remaining one of the hot button issues in South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa has explained how women will benefit.

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In his weekly letter to the nation, President Cyril Ramaphosa has shared his plans for ensuring that women are at the forefront of our COVID-19 economic recovery. With a bleak financial future ahead for many South Africans, the head of state has said it is ‘vital to improve material positions’ for the gender – and that starts with land expropriation.

How women are being prioritised for land expropriation

Ramaphosa has confirmed that the accelerated land reform programme – the official term given to their land expropriation plans – will seek to prioritise applications from female farmers. In fact, the relief fund providing for farming shows just how seriously the government is looking at ‘economic gender transformation’.

From the 75 million made available in farming vouchers, 53% of the beneficiaries will be rural women. It’s a fitting way to mark Women’s Day, and subsequently, August serves as Women’s Month in South Africa.

Ramaphosa on Women’s Day

President Ramaphosa also stated that things ‘cannot return to how they were before the pandemic’. This is not the first time the ANC leader has hinted at sweeping economic reforms in the wake of COVID-19, and it seems there is a genuine push to make sure women are no longer left on the periphery of business development:

“We want to ensure more women have access to productive assets such as land. It is essential that they are beneficiaries of the accelerated land reform programme [expropriation]. It is significant that of the R75 million in COVID-19 relief earmarked for farming input vouchers 53% of the beneficiaries will be rural women.”

“We must ensure that women subsistence and small-scale farmers continue to receive support beyond the pandemic. We can’t return to where we were before the outbreak of the virus and must build a fundamentally different economy which, among other things, substantially improves the material position of females.”

Cyril Ramaphosa’s weekly address