Karoo Hoogland


Phuhlisani was approached by the Karoo Hoogland Municipality to assist it in developing a strategy to address the land reform and related development needs in the district in 2005. The Karoo Hoogland Municipality is located in the semi-arid south eastern part of the Northern Cape Province. The primary agricultural activity in the area is sheep farming.
Through a process of documentary research, one-on-one and group interviews, as well as a series of workshops with both emerging and commercial farmers, Phuhlisani produced a status quo report which we then reported back to the workshop participants in a second series of workshops. These workshops also served to draw from the participants what their vision for land reform was in the area.
This vision provided a guide to the type of land reform proposed by Phuhlisani in the strategy document that we then produced. This strategy addressed the following:

  • Issues of policy for the municipality especially regarding the use of the land the it specifically owns.
  • Access to land and a process of how farmers could access increasing amounts of land as their enterprises grew
  • Access to capital and infrastructure
  • Capacity building of farmers both in terms of their agricultural expertise as well as building the capacity of their organizations
  • The establishment of a Land Reform and Development Coordinating Committee which includes the Municipality, representatives of the organised emerging farmers and the small-scale farmers in each town, representatives of the organised commercial farmers in each town, representatives of organised business in each town, the DLA and DoA, the Department of Labour, the Surplus People Project and the Land Bank.

This strategy was then reported back to a joint workshop of all participants and representatives and adopted by the workshop. Phuhlisani presented the proposed strategy to the Municipal Council, where there was much discussion. A decision on the adoption had to be delayed however as the full Council was not present. It was not adopted at the subsequent meeting as there were then political shifts in the Council.
In August 2007, Phuhlisani was again asked to come and hold a further workshop with Councilors and farmers and the Strategy was once more adopted by the Workshop. The newly elected Council then adopted the Strategy in 2007 and is in the process of implementing it.

 


Posted: 6/3/2008 (6:14:01 AM)

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