Minister Nkwinti’s 2017 Department of Rural Development and Land Reform Budget vote speech is a huge anticlimax. At a time when the land question is re-emerging as a key issue of focus and debate within society, the Minister’s speech basically has nothing to contribute towards this debate.
His speech starts by repeating policy objectives from the 1992 ANC document “Ready to Govern: ANC policy guidelines for a democratic South Africa”, and then moves onto repeating points from the “National Development Plan 2030” that was endorsed by government in 2012. An attempt is then made to report on progress made by the Department against six objectives from the Medium Term Strategic Framework 2014-2019. Reference is made to various programmes like the Agri-Parks programme, Strategic Farmer Support Services Programme, the 50:50 policy framework, the one hectare-one-plot programme, the one-farm-two-dairy cows programme, and others – the results of which are debatable.
Minister Nkwinti states that “the administration of the SPLUMA