South Africa government will take over "unused" farms – Minister

PRETORIA (Reuters) – South Africa's Agriculture Minister Lulu Xingwana said on Wednesday the government would take over farms that were allocated to black people under a land redistribution programme but were not being productively used.

"I have … instructed my directors general to, with immediate effect, implement the principle of use it or lose it," Xingwana told a media briefing.

"Therefore those who do not use the land must immediately be removed and the land must be given to emerging farmers and cooperatives…"