A well-known Tzaneen farmer gave the government a big blow after the state attempted to expropriate the first farms in South Africa without fair compensation.
Shortly before the Easter weekend, notice of expropriation was served to the owners of Akkerland Boerdery that include the farms behind the Soutpansberg Lukin and Salaita.
The owners of Akkerland Boerdery are Johan Steenkamp, well-known Tzanean avo-farmer and his partner, Arnold Cloete.
The planned expropriation triggered a very wide response in all forms of the media – not only in South Africa but worldwide. Akkereland Boerdery also immediately started legal proceedings to fight the expropriation and agricultural organizations such as the Transvaal Agricultural Union (TLU) and Agri SA gave them all the support they needed.
In a sudden turnaround, the Government announced this week that they withdraw the notice of expropriation without compensation and that they will partially pay Akerland’s legal costs.
The LETABA HERALD reported a few weeks ago about the planned expropriation after an exclusive interview with Steenkamp.
The HERALD, after reliable information, said in the report that land reform is not the purpose of expropriation, but rather the enrichment of a mining company, Coal of Africa, who has been trying to find a large coal mine in the area for years. Since then, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that China will invest billion dollars in South Africa as part of a large coal power station and that it will be an economic growth point behind the Soutpansberg.
“Although the Government has ceased the expropriation action, we were still in a fierce battle to fight illegal land claims against Akkerland Farming,” Steenkamp told HERALD.
There are currently two land claims against Akkerland registered in direct conflict with each other.
Meanwhile, the HERALD also announce that Steenkamp and his partner are opposing Coal of Africa’s mineral and water rights. There are obvious irregularities in the process, and Akkerland’s legal team hopes to point it out and overturn Coal of Africa’s claim.
Photo: Johan Steenkamp, well-known farmer and founder of the then Peppadew in South Africa
By: LETABA HERALD