South Africa withdraws land expropriation bill passed in 2016

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Moved by a report by Fox News Network last week, the United States president informed his online followers that the "South African Government is now seizing land from white farmers".

For many years, Washington and Pretoria were at odds over poultry, with the US banning South African produce due to health and sanitation issues and South Africa keeping American chicken under anti-dumping tariffs.

Though white South Africans represent a minority of the population, they own a vast majority of farmland in the country.

For years, the two countries have fought over poultry: Washington has kept South African poultry out on health and sanitation grounds while Pretoria accuses USA farmers of dumping chicken at below-cost prices and has imposed tariffs.

We are committed to enhancing investor confidence and positioning South Africa as one of the leading emerging market investment destinations.

In the 20 years from 1995 to 2015, South Africa's annual poultry consumption almost tripled to more than 2 million tonnes.

The disputed land reform is an attempt by the South African government to address what they see as continuing injustice in the country, more than two decades after the end of apartheid.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has repeatedly said that land reform would be done in an orderly fashion, writing in the London-based Financial Times last week that there will be no "land grab".

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Our approach is informed by the understanding that we can not achieve sustained economic growth or enduring social stability without ensuring more South Africans are able to participate in the productive economy.

May was on her first African tour since taking office in 2016.

We are determined that whatever measures we take to effect land reform do not undermine the economy.

Earlier this week, the ANC said the land reform bill had been withdrawn by the Portfolio Committee on Public Works pending further study, but reiterated its commitment to pursue the controversial program.

US producers say the South African tariff is illegal.

The currency had come under pressure after Trump commented on the policy in a tweet. Obama urged Africans and people around the world to respect human rights and equal opportunity in his speech to mark the late Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday.

'Six hundred and seven black troops from the South African Native Labour Corps who set sail from Cape Town just over a century ago sadly never reached their destination, and never served alongside many other Allied forces on the Western Front.

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