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Draft Preservation and Development of Agricultural Land Bill, 2016

2 September 2016

The purpose of the Draft Preservation and Development of Agricultural Land Bill is to promote the preservation and sustainable development of agricultural land in South Africa. The Draft Bill also aims to provide for the demarcation of protected agricultural areas and to introduce measures to discourage land use changes from agriculture to other forms of development.

The Draft Bill was first published in 2015, but following stakeholder input, a revised draft bill was published for comment on 2 September 2016 by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

See also the draft policy that was published along with the first draft.

Download the written submissions template.

Section 24 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

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