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Media Release: The SAHRC Free State Provincial Office will conduct a stakeholder engagement on the land and food security in Harrismith (Tshiame B)

Date: 17 October 2022  

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) in the Free State Province will be conducting a stakeholder engagement with the Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality, Department of Rural and Land Reform, and Marena A Makholokoeng in the Harrismith. The stakeholder engagement will be focusing on land and food security. South Africa has about 17 million individuals that are experiencing inadequate to severely inadequate access to land and food security (Stats SA, GHS 2020).

The stakeholder engagement calls for increased and better targeted public spending in social programmes, education and health services, and agricultural development programmes, as well as for a re-prioritisation of government procurement on food to create markets for community food production initiatives, particularly in rural towns such as Qwaqwa-Oppermansgrond and Thaba-Nchu. It is therefore critical to bring all relevant strategic stakeholders under one roof to see how well the National Plan for Food and Nutrition Security has performed, particularly in terms of agrarian and social security initiatives.

The Stakeholder Engagement will take place as follows:
•    Venue: Tshiame B (Sedibeng Hall)
•    Date:  18 October 2022                                
•    Time: 10h00

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For further information contact SAHRC Free State Provincial Office Manager, Mr. Thabang Kheswa @ 051 447 1130 / 076 038 4507 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Mr. Lecholo Nkabiti @ 081 349 7860

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