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Five accomplished women appointed to land reform panel

Dr Vuyo Mahlati has been appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa to chair a new, 10-person advisory panel on land reform in South Africa.

The panel will work closely with the inter-Ministerial Committee on Land Reform to define fair, just and equitable reforms relating to the redistribution of land as a means of socioeconomic redress.

Dr Mahlati was one of the inaugural members of the National Planning Commission and is currently serving her second term on this body. She also serves as president of the African Farmers Association of South Africa (Afasa).

She is joined on the panel by fellow accomplished women Professor Ruth Hall of the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), Bulelwa Mabasa, an attorney with expertise in land restitution and land reform, Dr Thandi Ngcobo, CEO and founder of the Dr J L Dube Institute of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and award-winning agri entrepreneur Thato Moagi.

Dr Mahlati says she understands the complexities of the contentious land issue, which is why the new panel has a diverse range of skills and is made up of academics, lawyers and farmers.

“Understanding the specific roles, the inter-relation between ourselves and other stakeholders, and basically how we proceed."

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