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Who owns agricultural land held by individuals in South Africa?

According to the 2017 state land audit, about 94 million hectares or 77% of all land was in private hands in 2015. This means it was owned by individuals, trusts, companies and community-based organisations such as community property associations and churches.

The audit only provided a breakdown by race for private land owned by individuals.

White people owned most of the farmland held by individuals – close to 26.7 million hectares – or 22% of South Africa’s total land.

The agricultural land owned by coloured people made up 4% of total land while Indian people owned 2% and black people owned 1%.


More: Frequently asked questions about land ownership and demand in South Africa

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