Farms Listed under the Zimbabwe Land Reform Programme which are Owned by south African Nationals


NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION NO 221

PUBLISHED IN THE INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 5 OF 18 JUNE 2004

MR DHM GIBSON TO ASK THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:


QUESTION:


(1) Whether, with reference to her reply to Question No 196 on 27 February 2004, farms listed under the Zimbabwe land reform programme which are owned by Southern African nationals have now been de-listed in accordance with the laws and regulations of Zimbabwe; if not, (a) why not and, (b) what action has the Government taken to ensure that Zimbabwe complies with its assurance in this regard; if so, (I) on what date or dates were they de-listed and (ii) which farms have been de-listed;

REPLY:

(1) To date, no farms listed under the Zimbabwean land reform programme which are owned by Southern African nationals have been de-listed in accordance with the laws and regulations of Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwean Government is still in the process of assessing the situation on the farms on a case- by- case basis.

The South African Government is constantly engaging the Zimbabwean government to ensure that the Zimbabwean government complies with its assurances. In addition, the South African Government has provided the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Lands, Land Reform and Resettlement with the lists of the names of the farmers and farms affected by the Fast Track Land Reform and has also facilitated meetings between senior officials of the Ministry of Lands, Land Reform and Resettlement and some of the affected farmers.

Furthermore, our DTI has together with the Zimbabwean Government concluded a Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPPA) which is aimed at, among other issues, protecting the properties of South African nationals in Zimbabwe.

QUESTION:


(2) What (a) progress has been made in concluding a Bi-lateral Investment Promotion Protection Act with Zimbabwe and (b) is the target date for the conclusion of the Agreement? N255E

REPLY:

2 (a) and (b) Substantial progress has been made in concluding a Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPPA). In December 2003, our DTI and the Government of Zimbabwe met in Harare and concluded a BIPPA.




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