The acquisition of land to enhance the location of human settlements constitutes a fundamental and decisive intervention in the economy.
This cost should not be a burden for the poor, but should be treated as a broader social cost.
As a result, funding for the acquisition of land will no longer form part of the housing subsidy. Rather, the acquisition of well-located private land will be funded through a separated funding mechanism.
The policy resolution on the 2nd phase of the transition also notes that programmes to extend access to land as an asset and resource for economic activity and sustainable livelihoods, and basic services such as education, health, water, electricity and sanitation and housing should be intensified.
The concept of an Agri Village came up in 2008 at the ANC’s Polokwane conference went looking for a way to provide housing for farm workers. The concept of an Agri Village as a solution came about after much deliberation between various government departments at various levels. An Agri Village is by definition an agricultural town in a rural area where selected workers can get subsidized homes.
These homes must be within the framework of the state’s standards and budget built on suitable sites. The comprehensive concept include housing, municipal services, provision of spiritual care, social services, nursery schools, sports facilities, clinics, and agricultural components and work opportunities.