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Willem De Chavonnes Vrugt

Policy Head
Annelize Crosby

BLC | LLB | LLM (Constitutional practice) | Admitted attorney

Without tenure security, farming is not possible. The land issue has become highly politicized. The Land Centre of Excellence focuses on the protection of the property rights of members and sustainable land reform. The centre monitors and discusses policy and legislation regarding all the different aspects of land reform, including restitution, redistribution, tenure reform, communal tenure, expropriation, valuation and farmer development. The centre mandates responses to policy and legislation and seeks expert advice to elucidate and manage all the different aspects of land reform.


#1 Status report: Land reform February 2020
#2 SvU Feitebelad | CoE Fact sheet 2020
#3 11 November 2019: Amending section 25 of the Cons
#4 11 November 2019: Impilications of Lamosa Judgeme
#5 11 November 2019: SAADA presentation
#6 Land 2018/2019
#7 Grond 2018/2019
#8 SvU Feitebelad | CoE Fact sheet
#9 Grond | Land
#10 Agriculture Policy Action Plan: Operation Phakisa

Nicol Jansen

The centre’s activities focus on economic and trade matters that have an impact on the development, profitability, stability and sustainability of agriculture. Regarding economic affairs, the centre provides inputs and/or commentary on economic policy, the diesel refund for agricultural purposes, taxation, risk management, agricultural research, water and electricity tariffs as well as the review of agricultural legislation. The centre also oversees aspects relating to road infrastructure, telecommunication, and technology development and transfer. In terms of trade, attention is given to various policies, for example trade and tariff policy, agricultural marketing policy and strategy, as well as sundry agreements which include bilateral agreements, memorandums of understanding or partnership agreements between countries or national organisations.

This Centre of Excellence functions under the chairmanship of Nicol Jansen, with Jannie de Villiers as vice chair.


#1 Eskom Fact sheet animals damaging poles
#2 Eskom quality of supply brochure
#3 Eskom working under lines
#4 Eskom Tariffs and charges 2019 2020
#5 Eskom Building under powerlines
#6 Eskom Agri safety tips
#7 Annex 15 Agricultural Guidelines- MPRA 2019
#8 COVA Research Development Tax Incentives 2020
#9 Draft Disaster management tax relief bil
#10 Draft Disaster management tax relief admi

Neil Hamman

Policy Head
Christo van der Rheede

HDE | BA | Honours BPA | MPA

The Committee’s focus areas include the following:

• Labour legislation;
• Sectoral determinations, as well as the national minimum wage;
• Curbing child labour;
• Occupational health and safety on farms;
• Co-operation with other agricultural organisations, trade unions and role players in the interest of organised agriculture;
• Liaison with government through participation in the relevant task groups at Nedlac, and liaison with the departments of Labour, Economic Development, Home Affairs, Rural Development and Agriculture;
• Migration policy development;
• Social security for farm workers, including training and development; and
• Policy development for transformation in agriculture.


#1 Minister of Employment and Labour
#2 Safe workplace guideline May 2020
#3 Veilige werkplek riglyn Mei 2020
#4 BSA Return to work during COVID-19
#5 B4SA Business operating obligations
#6 UIF Ministerial report on 2 May 2020
#7 Final OHS Covid19 Directive 28 APRIL 2020
#8 ILO Sectoral Brief
#9 Kategoriee werknemers en spesiale maatreels
#10 Agri SA COVID-19 SOTHO

Wayman Kritzinger

Policy Head
Janse Rabie

BComm | LLB | LLM (Marine and Environmental Law)

The Natural Resources Centre of Excellence deals with all water-related matters including policy and legislative developments as well as negotiations on annual Raw Water Price Increases by the Department of Water and Sanitation; Mining and Agriculture (including shale gas development in South Africa); the Agri Risk Desk which considers measures to identify and respond to risk in the agricultural sector (including Climate Change adaptation and mitigation); the Square Kilometre Array Project in the Northern Cape Province; and commenting on legislative and policy reform in respect of natural resources and mining legislation in South Africa.


#1 Water Desk Pamphlet
#2 Water Desk Pamphlet
#3 Water vir Voedselsekerheid
#4 Water for Food Security
#5 Wêreld Omgewingsdag 2020
#6 COVID-19_WRC-Fact Sheet
#7 SvU Feiteblad | CoE Fact sheet 2020
#8 Watermeting
#9 Water Metering
#10 11 November 2019: Work for Water

Tommie Esterhuyse

Policy Head
Kobus Visser

BAgric | MBA

The Committee focuses on all policy areas that have an influence on the safety of the farming community and the effective implementation of the Rural Protection Strategy. Specific attention is given to the following policy areas: Rural crime and crime trends; sector policing and reservists; trade in scrap material; the South African Policy Service (SAPS); Correctional Services and the criminal justice system. The Committee is also involved in the development of information and procedures relating to aspects such as the protocol for farm access, procedural arrangements for dealing with land invasions, the rights of victims of crime, integrity of national borders, and other relevant police matters.


#1 Landelike veiligheid wenke vir lede
#3 Rural safety suggestions for members
#4 SvU Feiteblad | CoE Fact Sheet 2020
#5 Rural Safety 2018/2019
#6 Landelike Veiligheid 2018/2019
#7 SvU Feiteblad | CoE Fact Sheet
#8 Landelike Veiligheid | Rural Safety
#9 Submission to the Portfolio Committee of Police -
#10 Landelike Veiligheid 2017/2018