Vinpro has noted with disappointment the Joint Constitutional Review Committee (JCRC) has adopted its report in favour of an amendment of section 25 of the Constitution to make it possible for the state to expropriate land without compensation in the public interest.
Although Vinpro supports the objective, spirit and purpose of land reform carried out in a manner that is sustainable and meaningful for all beneficiaries, we do not believe and has consistently maintained it is not necessary to amend Section 25 of the Constitution to achieve accelerated land reform, as it will impact negatively on much needed investment and be harmful to our already fragile economy.
It is however, important to note that the report is only the second step in a 9- step process each taking time to thoroughly work through:
1. Constitutional Review Committee tasked with reviewing Section 25
2. Public consultation/hearings leading to the report
3. Recommendations are made
4. If amendments are recommended, a bill will be drafted by Parliament
5. Bill published for public comment
6. Bill submitted to parliament
7. Two-thirds majority required in National Assembly
8. Six provinces required in National Council of Provinces (NCOP)
9. President signs the bill into law (amendment takes effect)
Vinpro supports a constructive dialogue to find solutions to the ailing land reform programme. We have actively been part of and will continue to be dynamically be part of this process on various forums, as well as liaising closely with Government and other industry role-players. Through these actions we will strive to find solutions that will have a positive impact on the profitability and sustainability of our members, the industry as a whole and aligned with the objectives of the National Development Plan.
Vinpro Media & Communications Manager
Tel: 021 276 0458