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TLU SA deplores the poor quality of the government’s impact study on expropriation without compensation made public by Sakeliga this week. It is an excellent example of the lack of knowledge in state departments to compile and report critical information.

The document – compiled at the instruction of the Department of Public Works – forms the foundation on which the government based the costs and benefits of the Expropriation act. Sakeliga received the document through a PAIA application.

“We have a dichotomous concern with the so-called impact study,” says Mr Henry Geldenhuys, the president of TLU SA. “In the first instance, the content of the document is of unacceptably poor quality. It looks like the compiler simply copied and pasted a generic answer with no relevance in some places. In the second place, it refers to some organisations approving the act. This is definitely untrue.

“How can the government try to amend an important act which will have such a big impact on the economy, based on this document?”

TLU SA thanks Sakeliga for publishing the impact study document.

The document refers to the input of only one agricultural organisation, Agri SA, which shows that they support the amendments (with some conditions) cautiously. Agri SA just reiterated that they are opposed to expropriation at a nil compensation and indirect expropriation.

“Even if it was true, the cautious inputs of just one agricultural organisation are not representative of all roleplayers in the agricultural value chain, and TLU SA would never accept that,” says Mr Geldenhuys. “This document proves once again that the future of the country bears no weight in the government’s decisions. It is about the implementation of an ideology beneficial to only some people (cadres) while the rest must suffer in misery.”

 

Issued by:                  TLU SA

Date:                           9 June 2021

Enquiries:                  Mr Henry Geldenhuys, President TLU SA,                                                                        Cell.: 083 560 1273

Mr Bennie van Zyl, General Manager TLU SA,                                          Cell.: 082 466 4470

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