Distribution of land owned by SADC Member States n Zimbabwe
FOR WRITTEN REPLY
QUESTION NO 803
PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL
QUESTION ON 15 OCTOBER 2004
MR DHM GIBSON (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN
Whether any progress has been made in obtaining the delisting of
farms earmarked for redistribution, owned by nationals from SADC member states
in Zimbabwe; if not, what is the position in this regard, if so, what is the progress?
date, no farms listed under the Zimbabwean land reform programme, which are owned
by nationals from SADC member states in Zimbabwe have been de-listed in accordance
with the laws and regulations of Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwean Government is still
process of assessing the situation on the farms on a case- by- case
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 Ministries of Foreign
Affairs and Lands, Land Reform and Resettlement with the list of names of farmers
and their 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, South Africa's Department
of Trade and Industry has together with its Zimbabwean counterpart 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. However, this Agreement is yet to be signed. It is still undergoing
legal processes in Zimbabwe.