Agricultural reform vital to bringing ghost towns back to life

The fate of Lichtenburg is shared by small towns across SA — and only speedy land and farming reform can halt the decline

13 June 2021 - 00:00 By WANDILE SIHLOBO

On June 9, I gave a talk at the South African Cane Growers Association AGM, titled "SA's agriculture in the economic reconstruction and recovery narrative".

I reflected on SA's agricultural performance over the past decade, which has been fantastic. The volume of production expanded 19% between 2010 and 2020. In the same period, the value of production grew by 44%...

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