Thoko Didiza

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Thoko Didiza said : “On behalf of the Ingonyama Trust Board and the ministry, I offer my sincerest condolences to the Royal Family and the Zulu Nation” “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family who are still mourning the passing of His Majesty the King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu and are now called upon to mourn the passing of the Queen,” External link

iol Friday, April 30, 2021 2:54:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “An additional amount of about 559 559 hectares are held by government on behalf of traditional communities in the same province,” External link

the-star Thursday, April 22, 2021 12:38:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Let me identify what are the challenges that we were faced with, that have impacted on land reform in the past 27 years. The Reconstruction and Development Programme as you might recall members actually envisaged that the state in the first five years will redistribute about 30 million hectares of agricultural land to those who were historically disadvantaged. The instruments, however, both in policy and legislation were inadequate to give effect to this ideal,” External link

iol Wednesday, March 31, 2021 6:58:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The claimant communities as well as individuals had to lodge claims from 1995 until 1998, just before the end of the five years which then indicates what the difficulties were in terms of policy and legislative framework,” External link

iol Wednesday, March 31, 2021 6:58:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza told : "The reasons tabled on the investigation report highlight the suspicious predetermined decision by senior officials at a provincial and national level to allocate the farm to military veterans, leaving Mr Cloete stranded once again," External link

news24 Monday, March 29, 2021 7:47:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “These efforts are part of the broader Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan the President announced late last year. The process is rigorous and evidence-based, led by the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC), Bureau for Food and Agriculture Policy (BFAP) and Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED),” External link

sanews Monday, March 29, 2021 4:55:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “It is clear that, ever since 2012, Mr Cloete was not treated fairly” External link

citizen Sunday, March 21, 2021 5:56:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The reasons tabled on the investigation report highlight the suspicious predetermined decision by senior officials at a provincial and national level to allocate the farm to military veterans, leaving Mr Cloete stranded yet again,” External link

citizen Sunday, March 21, 2021 5:56:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "It is clear that, ever since 2012, Mr Cloete was not treated fairly" External link

news24 Sunday, March 21, 2021 12:15:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "The reasons tabled on the investigation report highlight the suspicious predetermined decision by senior officials at a provincial and national level to allocate the farm to military veterans, leaving Mr Cloete stranded yet again," External link

news24 Sunday, March 21, 2021 12:15:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "Our collective response... to the pandemic confirmed that as a nation and most importantly as public representatives, we understood that serving our people is not about ourselves, but those that elected us to the corridors of power," "The way our government intervened in saving lives and livelihoods ensured that as a nation we were cushioned from the worst" External link

news24 Friday, March 19, 2021 7:06:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We aim to create jobs and also transform our sector, increasing exports as well as effecting land reform and rural development in underutilised land” External link

iol Friday, March 19, 2021 3:23:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “It is a financing model in which the state would be leveraging private sector investments. The department uses its grants to leverage private sector investment towards increasing and expanding production on land reform fronts, communal lands and privately owned farms. This will also help accelerate land redistribution by supporting the acquisition of agricultural land and assets along the value chain” External link

iol Friday, March 19, 2021 3:23:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “This is given that the family is still in mourning and I think we need to respect that because we are here to pay our respects. From time to time yes there would be issues of concern by the portfolio committee, on those matters we were engaging with the board and the trustee himself on how we can best deal with those issues that have been of concerns from the portfolio committee’s side,” External link

the-star Wednesday, March 17, 2021 12:24:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We will miss his advices because we would have, from time to time, engaged on matters of the Ingonyama Trust Board with Isilo. He was somebody passionate about development, so our engagements were beyond the activities of the board but also how as a trustee, together with the board, they could develop the communities under Ingonyama Trust,” External link

the-star Wednesday, March 17, 2021 12:24:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “This is given that the family is still in mourning and I think we need to respect that because we are here to pay our respects. From time to time yes there would be issues of concern by the portfolio committee, on those matters we were engaging with the board and the trustee himself on how we can best deal with those issues that have been of concerns from the portfolio committee’s side,” External link

iol Tuesday, March 16, 2021 5:57:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We will miss his advices because we would have, from time to time, engaged on matters of the Ingonyama Trust Board with Isilo. He was somebody passionate about development, so our engagements were beyond the activities of the board but also how as a trustee, together with the board, they could develop the communities under Ingonyama Trust,” External link

iol Tuesday, March 16, 2021 5:57:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Having learnt of the hospitalisation of His Majesty a few weeks back and regular updates that we have been getting about his health, I have been hopeful of his speedy recovery,” External link

africanewswire Saturday, March 13, 2021 9:05:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza remarked : “We have worked very well with His Majesty on improving the operations of the Ingonyama Trust Board and subsequently improving the lives of his subjects,” External link

africanewswire Saturday, March 13, 2021 9:05:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Having learnt of the hospitalisation of His Majesty a few weeks back and regular updates that we have been getting about his health, I have been hopeful of his speedy recovery,” External link

sanews Friday, March 12, 2021 6:09:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I wish to send my heartfelt and sincere condolences to the royal family and the Zulu nation. We continue to pray for your strength during this difficult time and may His Majesty rest in eternal peace,” External link

sanews Friday, March 12, 2021 6:09:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “This year, 2021, also started with good footing and the department’s analyst are looking at another year of growth of agricultural fortunes. I look forward to us as a collective maintaining this positive growth while also ensuring that there is inclusivity in the sector,” External link

sanews Wednesday, March 10, 2021 10:06:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “In communal areas, we have customary rights not codified in law though accepted under trusteeship of the state. That is one area we have not concluded,” “I am confident we will be able to deal with the issue. There been issues raised in terms of working on policy and legislation working with traditional communities on how best to deal with this issue where you have free-hold and customary tenure,” External link

iol Tuesday, March 9, 2021 8:59:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “All examiners will be allowed to do examination of documents at home, to fast-track the examination of documents. Registrars have the authority to manage this and should do so, taking all appropriate steps to ensure the safety of the documents as well as steps to avoid fraudulent transactions,” External link

iol Friday, March 5, 2021 3:07:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said ( about Land Claims ) : “I have no doubt that the introduction of the Land Court Bill Amendment will promote access to land on an equitable basis and contribute to speedy restoration of the dignity of our people,” External link

the-star Monday, March 1, 2021 6:44:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said ( about Land Claims ) : “I have no doubt that the introduction of the Land Court Bill Amendment will promote access to land on an equitable basis and contribute to speedy restoration of the dignity of our people,” External link

iol Monday, March 1, 2021 5:54:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “While there is a firm intention of redirecting the expenditure of the Land Rights Management Facility to ensure that the Legal Aid Board resolves land related matters speedily, I have no doubt that the introduction of the Land Court Bill will promote access to land on an equitable basis and contribute to a speedy resolution of land related matters, and contribute to nation building and restoration of the dignity of our people,” External link

sanews Monday, March 1, 2021 5:22:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “While there is a firm intention of redirecting the expenditure of the Land Rights Management Facility to ensure that the Legal Aid Board resolves land related matters speedily, I have no doubt that the introduction of the Land Court Bill will promote access to land on an equitable basis and contribute to a speedy resolution of land related matters, and contribute to nation building and restoration of the dignity of our people,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, March 1, 2021 3:48:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said ( about Land Claims ) : “This in my view will ease speedy resolution of the land-related disputes in the country and development of land jurisprudence,” “Since 1988, some of the claims that have been lodged with Land Claims Court have not been resolved. We are grateful that we have taken this step to make sure that the court has permanent judiciary,” External link

iol Monday, March 1, 2021 3:46:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “in excess of 49,294 South Africans benefited through the programme by having their land restored, or, where this was not possible or feasible, being paid financial compensation” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, February 17, 2021 3:48:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said ( about Association ) : “The industry has expanded notably over the past decade, and we thank the farmers for showing confidence and increasing the investments. The industry’s investment is starting to pay off, as the Citrus Growers’ Association reported this morning [Tuesday] that South Africa exported a record 146 million cartons of citrus in 2020; which means we are still the world’s second-largest exporter of fresh citrus after Spain,” “As a government, we commit to working with the industry and other stakeholders to expand the market access to destinations such as the United States, China and India, and the European Union and other countries that already enjoy the South African citrus. In the process, we will work with relevant stakeholders in improving logistics for export activity” External link

citizen Wednesday, February 3, 2021 5:07:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said ( about Association ) : “The industry has expanded notably over the past decade, and we thank the farmers for showing confidence and increasing the investments. The industry's investment is starting to pay off, as the Citrus Growers Association reported this morning (Tuesday) that South Africa exported a record 146 million cartons of citrus in 2020; which means we are still the world's second-largest exporter of fresh citrus after Spain,” External link

sanews Wednesday, February 3, 2021 11:00:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I would like to reiterate that an attack on a farmer is an attack on the country’s food security. Their role is very important in ensuring a sustainable food production for the nation and the continent at large,” External link

africanewswire Saturday, January 30, 2021 11:06:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Farm workers are an integral part of a successful agricultural sector, and their safety and better working conditions should be prioritised,” External link

sanews Thursday, January 28, 2021 4:14:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "Prof Karaan's passing is a massive loss for the country, at a time when we need leading development thinkers and practitioners like him the most, as the country begins to implement the Economic Recovery Plan," "Chapter six of the National Development Plan was largely drawn from his vision for agricultural and rural development, which emphasised a need for public-private partnership approaches in agricultural development" External link

allafrica Friday, January 15, 2021 5:02:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We send our sympathies and prayers to Prof Karaan’s family at this challenging time. The agricultural community will miss Prof Karaan’s insights and wisdom, added the Minister,” External link

iol Friday, January 15, 2021 1:21:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Prof Karaan’s passing is a massive loss for the country, at a time when we need leading development thinkers and practitioners like him the most, as the country begins to implement the Economic Recovery Plan,” “Chapter six of the National Development Plan was largely drawn from his vision for agricultural and rural development, which emphasised a need for public-private partnership approaches in agricultural development” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, January 14, 2021 12:28:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The implementation of the interventions is still in progress as the funds were transferred in July 2020,” External link

the-star Friday, December 11, 2020 1:07:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza announced : “These are producers who utilise land in the back yards of their homes, gardens in communal areas, all of which are more or less the size of a soccer field,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, December 10, 2020 4:49:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “This youth employment initiative will support the creation of jobs — in excess of 6,000 temporary jobs,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, December 10, 2020 4:49:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We are targeting the smallest within the agricultural sector. It is them that currently our agricultural policies do not address their needs adequately,” “It is these producers who may be defined as unbankable by our financial sector, and yet their role is important in providing food security for many families in our country” External link

iol Tuesday, December 8, 2020 8:30:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “utilise land in the back yards of their homes [or] gardens in communal areas” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, December 8, 2020 4:49:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “These are producers who utilise land in the backyards of their homes, gardens in communal areas, all of which are more or less the size of a soccer field. It is these producers who create a bulwark against the fight of food insecurity at household level,” External link

citizen Tuesday, December 8, 2020 3:11:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Specific targeted communities that will be supported we’ll take into consideration the agricultural calendar year in line with the commodities that are produced in that season, including livestock,” External link

eyewitness-news Monday, December 7, 2020 11:59:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza déclaré : "Plus de 75.000 producteurs de l'agriculture de subsistance recevront une aide sous la forme de bons d'achats pour des intrants agricoles, pour aider l'emploi indépendant dans ce secteur tout en soutenant la chaîne de valeur de l'alimentation. Nous avons conscience que le secteur agricole a subi un impact négatif, mais que l'agriculture de susbistance et les productions familiales restent les plus durement touchées" External link

french.china.org.cn Monday, December 7, 2020 11:26:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "In excess of 75,000 subsistence producers will be supported with farming input vouchers, to retain self-employment in the sector, while supporting food value chains," External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, December 7, 2020 10:55:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We’ve decided to target vulnerable individuals and groups, and aims to support 50% women, 40% youth and 6% persons with disabilities. Unemployed farm-dwellers and military veterans will also be prioritised for support through this initiative and are encouraged to apply,” External link

sanews Monday, December 7, 2020 6:20:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The department will take 150 applications by using the USSD system, and therefore, the principle of first come first serve will apply. The applicants will be notified on whether they’ve been successful or not within the second week of January 2021,” External link

sanews Monday, December 7, 2020 6:20:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said ( about Cyril Ramaphosa ) : “The president [Cyril Ramaphosa] has been emphatic about issues of corruption,” External link

citizen Wednesday, November 11, 2020 12:50:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “This is a way of enabling the state to have a record of which farm is occupied by who, and what activities are being undertaken on that particular state-owned land,” External link

mg Wednesday, November 11, 2020 12:40:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We indicated that the state land in question comprise of land that is currently occupied by individuals and communities who are residing in state land without the lease agreements; communities who applied for the 30 year lease and their applications were never finalised and those who have never applied for state land, but are interested in performing agricultural activities,” External link

citizen Tuesday, November 10, 2020 10:51:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza replied : “Yes, we do and we have also mobilised other stakeholders to ensure that the process is not doubted and is actually transparent” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, November 10, 2020 9:06:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "We indicated that the state land in question comprise of land that is currently occupied by individuals and communities who are residing in state land without the lease agreements; communities who applied for the 30 year lease and their applications were never finalised and those who have never applied for state land, but are interested in performing agricultural activities," External link

news24 Tuesday, November 10, 2020 6:56:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "There have been allegations made about government officials who have written letters of eviction to individuals and communities on state land. In some instances there have been allegations of our officials demanding bribes of hundreds of thousands of rand to access land. This conduct is unacceptable and criminal. We want to advise our communities to bring these issues to the office of the acting director-general for attention and to the nearest police station," External link

iol Tuesday, November 10, 2020 6:44:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Some of these lands like the Makhathini Flats were managed by Umjindi Management Company,” External link

sanews Tuesday, November 10, 2020 4:50:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “This important bill will ensure alignment with the Constitution as well as creating a clear framework on how expropriation for public purpose and public interest will be undertaken,” External link

sanews Tuesday, November 10, 2020 4:50:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Land reform therefore plays a critical role in enabling those who have been historically disadvantaged to have an asset that can give them a foothold in economic participation,” External link

sanews Tuesday, November 10, 2020 4:50:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “As part of the Economic Recovery Plan tabled by the President, agriculture is one of those sectors of the economy that is poised to contribute positively to job creation, food security and economic growth, particularly as we strengthen our market access for South African agricultural products globally,” External link

sanews Tuesday, November 10, 2020 4:50:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The policy and regulatory environment will require certainty in order to eliminate negative perception from would-be investors in this sector. Agricultural infrastructure, particularly for irrigation remains critical in particular in new areas that offer new opportunities for inclusive growth,” External link

sanews Tuesday, November 10, 2020 4:50:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The death of Mr Machakela is not only a great loss to his family and friends, but to the agricultural sector as a whole,” External link

sanews Tuesday, November 10, 2020 1:44:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “In addition to the City’s ‘Principles for Planning’ listed in your letter, the primary principle outlined in the District Six Framework should remain constant for future planning and redevelopment in District Six. The site should neither be speculated upon nor encouraged to be gentrified as may ordinarily be the case had restitution not formed the basis of its redevelopment imperative” External link

iol Tuesday, November 10, 2020 11:43:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “In the same light, I call upon the police to leave no stone unturned in making sure that the culprits are put behind bars,” External link

iol Saturday, November 7, 2020 5:48:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "Always engaging to find solutions to the many challenges that our country face, more so in agriculture, rural development and land reform matters. In a number of areas where she served, she always went an extra mile to ensure success and excellence," External link

allafrica Thursday, October 15, 2020 3:05:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Always engaging to find solutions to the many challenges that our country face, more so in agriculture, rural development and land reform matters. In a number of areas where she served, she always went an extra mile to ensure success and excellence,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, October 14, 2020 11:37:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "The beneficiary has an obligation to maintain all the infrastructure and upkeep of the land allocated to him or her. The beneficiary will have to manage, maintain and keep the record of assets received from the state," External link

news24 Monday, October 5, 2020 11:30:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I urge law enforcement agencies to leave no stone unturned in their investigation and arrest of the culprits,” External link

iol Sunday, October 4, 2020 2:13:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Yes, they may have been there for 20 [years]. But their status is not confirmed. It might be that, in the inquiry process, those people may be recommended to be given formal status on that leasehold,” External link

mg Saturday, October 3, 2020 10:36:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I urge law enforcement agencies to leave no stone unturned in their investigation and arrest of the culprits,” External link

iol Saturday, October 3, 2020 6:21:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I can’t over emphasise the role played by both the farmers and farm workers in the food production value chain and their killing has a devastating effect on our sector,” External link

iol Saturday, October 3, 2020 6:21:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "Increasing agricultural production is important for food security as well as contributing to the economy through trade," External link

allafrica Saturday, September 12, 2020 3:07:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Increasing agricultural production is important for food security as well as contributing to the economy through trade,” External link

sanews Wednesday, September 9, 2020 11:24:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Moving from level 5 to level 4, other restrictions started to be eased but we believe the sector will be fully operational under level 1,” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, September 2, 2020 9:40:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The department must look at making sure that procurement processes favour women, [and that ] 50% of what they procure must be from women-owned entities,” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, September 2, 2020 3:15:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We will also advocate for this using the opportunity of being the Chairperson of the African Union. The question is how then we make this campaign find expression in the land and agriculture sector,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, September 1, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “These are important milestones in terms of the work that has been done thus far,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, September 1, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Research and technology access remains a problem. Extension and advisory services are far and in- between,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, September 1, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “But some of them have faced difficulties because suppliers have not anticipated the numbers of people who would have wanted certain inputs at a particular time, so there was a delay. And so we made an extension to the end of September so that people can still redeem those vouchers,” External link

citizen Monday, August 31, 2020 11:51:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “With the R100 million that we announced for commercial farmers… the Land Bank last week on the 24th [August] released a call for applications for those farmers which will come to an end, at the end of September so they can see how they assist commercial farmers in distress, as a result of Covid-19,” External link

citizen Monday, August 31, 2020 11:51:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “So it has been uneven in the various sectors of our economy, in terms of the impact to the various sub-sectors of agriculture,” External link

citizen Monday, August 31, 2020 11:51:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "With the R100 million that we announced for commercial farmers... the Land Bank last week on the 24th [August] released a call for applications for those farmers which will come to an end, at the end of September so they can see how they assist commercial farmers in distress, as a result of Covid-19," External link

news24 Monday, August 31, 2020 10:04:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "So it has been uneven in the various sectors of our economy, in terms of the impact to the various sub-sectors of agriculture," External link

news24 Monday, August 31, 2020 10:04:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “All officials will be provided with all relevant tools of the trade to allow them to work from home. However, it is understood that, in some instances, this may not be possible, due to various factors such as where offices are in rural areas and where it is not safe to do so,” “All examiners will be allowed to do examination of documents at home, to fast-track the examination of documents. Registrars have the authority to manage this and should do so, taking all appropriate steps to ensure the safety of the documents as well as steps to avoid fraudulent transactions” External link

iol Tuesday, August 18, 2020 5:45:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We will ensure that all health and safety measures as stipulated by the departments of Health and Employment and Labour are adhered to,” External link

africanewswire Friday, August 14, 2020 2:13:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I have considered all these challenges and decided that it would be prudent to extend the validity period to 30 September 2020 to allow suppliers to build adequate stocks of production inputs and farmers to redeem their vouchers,” External link

sanews Thursday, August 13, 2020 2:56:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “This interim board consists of seven members, including five members who served on the previous board and two new additional members. Their urgent mandate is to finalise the current audit process and to compile the close out report,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, August 4, 2020 12:09:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said ( about Director General ) : “Following allegations of mismanagement and wrong doing within the OBP, I have tasked the Director-General, Mdu Shabane, to establish a process to ensure that all allegations raised by various stakeholders are investigated without fear or favour,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, August 4, 2020 12:09:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “In piloting the District Development Model, the department had already accommodated an intake of 1 001 youth to this programme from eThekwini, OR Tambo and Waterberg,” External link

sanews Wednesday, July 22, 2020 11:45:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Agriculture, as the sector with a relatively higher job creation multiplier effect than most sectors, had set aside R688 million, which we have factored into our Annual Performance Plan. This allocation will be utilised to support 50 000 subsistence producers with an allocation of R12 000, through a voucher system in the peri-urban and rural areas,” External link

sanews Wednesday, July 22, 2020 11:45:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “South Africa is no different in terms of the experience, but we can utilise the threat provided by COVID-19 to reimagine land and agrarian reform in South Africa. We are known to be a resilient nation and we will emerge stronger and better post COVID-19,” External link

sanews Wednesday, July 22, 2020 11:45:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The other transfers are to our agricultural entities such as the ARC, which received a grant of R1.271 billion. The National Agriculture Marketing Council received an amount R47.4 million and the Ingonyama Trust received an amount of R22 million,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, July 22, 2020 10:49:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The Economic Development, Trade and Marketing programme had a R135.9 million cut which will lead to reconsideration and prioritisation of projects within the agro-processing, marketing and rural industrial development space. The R300 million cut relating to the Compensation of Employees will delay the drive towards fully capacitating the department towards building a resilient sector,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, July 22, 2020 10:49:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “In piloting the District Development Model, the department had already accommodated an intake of 1 001 youth to this programme from eThekwini, OR Tambo and Waterberg,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, July 22, 2020 10:49:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Agriculture, as the sector with a relatively higher job creation multiplier effect than most sectors, had set aside R688 million, which we have factored into our Annual Performance Plan. This allocation will be utilised to support 50 000 subsistence producers with an allocation of R12 000, through a voucher system in the peri-urban and rural areas,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, July 22, 2020 10:49:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “South Africa is no different in terms of the experience, but we can utilise the threat provided by COVID-19 to reimagine land and agrarian reform in South Africa. We are known to be a resilient nation and we will emerge stronger and better post COVID-19,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, July 22, 2020 10:49:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza warned : “I urge all of you to be vigilant against anyone who personifies me and these fraudsters are working day and night to get your hard-earned money,” External link

gov-za Friday, July 17, 2020 7:39:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza warned : “I urge all of you to be vigilant against anyone who impersonates me. These fraudsters are working day and night to get your hard earned money,” External link

sanews Friday, July 17, 2020 1:57:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I wish to remind all livestock keepers of their responsibilities in terms of Section 11 of the Animal Diseases Act, 1984, that any owner or manager of land on which there are animals take all reasonable steps to prevent the infection of the animals with any animal disease, or parasite and the spreading thereof from the relevant land or animals,” External link

iol Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:13:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “It is especially tragic that Shahied will not see this come to fruition, having contributed so tirelessly for this cause,” External link

iol Sunday, June 14, 2020 5:53:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “However, Mr Ajam’s passion and devotion to the District 6 community will endure. His legacy of action and activism for his community will always be etched in the fabric of District 6,” External link

citizen Sunday, June 7, 2020 3:11:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said ( about Association ) : "The contributions made by Golden Harvest, African Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA), Bitter Fence, and Onderstepoort Biological Products (OBP) are an indication that Ubuntu and solidarity remains the character of our society," "The interventions of government in partnership with other civil society organisations, community members and individuals in ensuring food security amongst our people remains an important during this time of the pandemic. We must continue to support those who work in the fields and in agribusiness industries because they remain vulnerable in the face of the disease. We continue to appeal to our farmers and owners of agribusinesses to do all that they can to have work plans that comply with our health protocols on COVID-19," External link

allafrica Monday, May 25, 2020 10:37:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We urge the food value chain role players to strictly comply and adhere to strict health regulations to contain and arrest the spread of Covid-19 as we strive to supply food to the nation,” External link

citizen Monday, May 18, 2020 1:46:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “It saddens me that during this process many of them fell by the [wayside] because they could not provide proof that they are farmers or farming,” “The registration of farmers on the Producer Farmer Register will enable the government to locate farmers so that targeted support can be provided” External link

citizen Monday, May 18, 2020 1:46:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “It must be noted that an amount of R600 million had to be reprioritised from the Stimulus Package on PLAS farms in the 2019/2020 budget to assist the other smallholder and communal farmers in terms of this Covid-19 intervention,” External link

citizen Monday, May 18, 2020 1:46:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Through this intervention, we want to ensure that agricultural production continues to ensure food security for the country. Food is being produced at farm level and deliveries are made to wholesalers, retailers, fresh produce markets and other critical distribution points,” “We urge the food value chain role players to strictly comply and adhere to strict health regulations to contain and arrest the spread of Covid-19 as we strive to supply food to the nation” External link

citizen Monday, May 18, 2020 1:46:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said ( about Province ) : “I am pleased to announce that after the closing date, 55 155 applications were received. The Eastern Cape Province received the highest number of applications followed by the Northern Cape and North West. To date, 15036 applications have been approved valued just over R500 million in favour of smallholder and communal farmers,” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, May 18, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Of the 15036 approved applications, 5 494 are women, 2 493 youth and 224 people living with disability and males at 9542. Livestock has been the most requested commodity by farmers, followed by vegetables, poultry and fruits. Each of the approved farmers will receive inputs in line with the size of their farming operations up to a maximum of R50 000,” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, May 18, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “It must be noted that an amount of R600 million had to be reprioritised from the Stimulus Package on PLAS farms in the 2019/2020 budget to assist the other smallholder and communal farmers in terms of this Covid-19 intervention,” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, May 18, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Through this intervention, we want to ensure that agricultural production continues to ensure food security for the country. Food is being produced at farm level and deliveries are made to wholesalers, retailers, fresh produce markets and other critical distribution points,” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, May 18, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza concluded : “We urge the food value chain role players to strictly comply and adhere to strict health regulations to contain and arrest the spread of Covid-19 as we strive to supply food to the nation,” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, May 18, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We urge the food value chain role players to strictly comply and adhere to strict health regulations to contain and arrest the spread of COVID-19 as we strive to supply food to the nation,” External link

sanews Monday, May 18, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said ( about Province ) : “The Eastern Cape Province received the highest number of applications, followed by the Northern Cape and North West,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, May 17, 2020 10:06:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza added : “With the R500-million, there is still a small amount remaining which will go to the applications that have not yet been approved,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, May 17, 2020 10:06:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I am pleased to announce that after the closing date, 55,155 applications were received. The Eastern Cape province received the highest number of applications, followed by the Northern Cape and North West. "To date, 15,036 applications have been approved, valued just over R500 million, in favour of smallholder and communal farmers,” External link

iol Sunday, May 17, 2020 6:00:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “It must be noted that an amount of R600 million had to be reprioritised from the stimulus package on PLAS farms in the 2019/2020 budget to assist the other smallholder and communal farmers in terms of this Covid-19 intervention,” External link

iol Sunday, May 17, 2020 6:00:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We urge the food value chain roleplayers to strictly comply and adhere to strict health regulations to contain and arrest the spread of Covid-19 as we strive to supply food to the nation,” External link

iol Sunday, May 17, 2020 6:00:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “To date, 15,036 applications have been approved, valued at just over R500 million in favour of smallholder and communal farmers,” External link

citizen Sunday, May 17, 2020 3:07:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Livestock has been the most requested commodity by farmers, followed by vegetables, poultry and fruits. Each of the approved farmers will receive inputs in line with the size of their farming operations up to a maximum of R50,000,” External link

citizen Sunday, May 17, 2020 3:07:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “It must be noted that an amount of R600 million had to be reprioritised from the stimulus package on PLAS farms in the 2019/2020 budget to assist the other smallholder and communal farmers in terms of this Covid-19 intervention,” External link

citizen Sunday, May 17, 2020 3:07:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Through this intervention, we want to ensure that agricultural production continues to ensure food security for the country. Food is being produced at farm level and deliveries are made to wholesalers, retailers, fresh produce markets and other critical distribution points,” “We urge the food value chain role players to strictly comply and adhere to strict health regulations to contain and arrest the spread of Covid-19 as we strive to supply food to the nation” External link

citizen Sunday, May 17, 2020 3:07:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said ( about Province ) : “I am pleased to announce that after the closing date, 55 155 applications were received. The Eastern Cape Province received the highest number of applications followed by the Northern Cape and North West. To date, 15036 applications have been approved valued just over R500 million in favour of smallholder and communal farmers,” External link

gov-za Sunday, May 17, 2020 2:33:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Of the 15036 approved applications, 5 494 are women, 2 493 youth and 224 people living with disability and males at 9542. Livestock has been the most requested commodity by farmers, followed by vegetables, poultry and fruits. Each of the approved farmers will receive inputs in line with the size of their farming operations up to a maximum of R50 000,” External link

gov-za Sunday, May 17, 2020 2:33:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “It must be noted that an amount of R600 million had to be reprioritised from the Stimulus Package on PLAS farms in the 2019/2020 budget to assist the other smallholder and communal farmers in terms of this Covid-19 intervention,” External link

gov-za Sunday, May 17, 2020 2:33:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Through this intervention, we want to ensure that agricultural production continues to ensure food security for the country. Food is being produced at farm level and deliveries are made to wholesalers, retailers, fresh produce markets and other critical distribution points,” External link

gov-za Sunday, May 17, 2020 2:33:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza concluded : “We urge the food value chain role players to strictly comply and adhere to strict health regulations to contain and arrest the spread of Covid-19 as we strive to supply food to the nation,” External link

gov-za Sunday, May 17, 2020 2:33:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Control measures currently in place include that all infected pigs be kept as far as possible from uninfected pigs and be housed alone to avoid contact with other pigs in the area and to limit the spread of the disease,” External link

businessday Monday, May 11, 2020 5:52:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Control measures currently in place include that all infected pigs should be as far as possible from those that are not and must be housed alone to avoid contact with other pigs in the area to limit the spread of the disease,” External link

citizen Monday, May 11, 2020 4:09:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "Control measures currently in place include that all infected pigs should be as far as possible from those that are not and must be housed alone to avoid contact with other pigs in the area to limit the spread of the disease," External link

irishsun Sunday, May 10, 2020 4:59:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza concluded : “We are committed to support export-led growth and will continue working with the private sector in unblocking bottlenecks to support further space for enterprise development and growth. We do this, while continuously monitoring the food supplies for the country,” External link

citizen Monday, May 4, 2020 4:04:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “This is a testimony to the hard work and resilience of the South African farming community and investments made in the sector,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, May 4, 2020 1:02:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We are committed to support export-led growth and will continue working with private sector in unblocking bottlenecks to support further space for enterprise development and growth. We do this, while continuously monitoring the food supplies for the country,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, May 4, 2020 1:02:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "We are committed to support export-led growth and will continue working with private sector in unblocking bottlenecks to support further space for enterprise development and growth," "We do this, while continuously monitoring the food supplies for the country," External link

4-traders Monday, May 4, 2020 11:56:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Retail shops providing agricultural inputs may operate and auctions may take place, but under strict conditions to adhere to the prevention of health risks,” External link

times-co-sz Monday, May 4, 2020 8:14:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I would like to commend the farmer organisations for having been able to raise issues in the task team and directly with the Ministers, the Deputy Ministers and the MEC’s,” External link

africanewswire Wednesday, April 22, 2020 2:16:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “MEC’s of Agriculture working with provincial Command Centres and Provincial Joint Operation Committees have been attending to challenges faced by small-scale farmers and all farmers in general,” External link

africanewswire Wednesday, April 22, 2020 2:16:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza remarked : “I can’t over emphasise the importance of the Agricultural Sector value chain, especially our farmers and farm workers during this time. Food security and food production is very important to avert any food shortage in our country,” External link

africanewswire Wednesday, April 22, 2020 2:16:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I would like to commend the farmer organisations for having been able to raise issues in the task team and directly with the Ministers, the Deputy Ministers and the MEC ’s,” External link

AfricaNews-English Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:51:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza remarked : “I can’t over emphasise the importance of the Agricultural Sector value chain, especially our farmers and farm workers during this time. Food security and food production is very important to avert any food shortage in our country,” External link

AfricaNews-English Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:51:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Its financial and operational capacity to respond to the crisis is weaker and this situation will need much greater levels of international support,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, April 21, 2020 11:58:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The government has also allowed the movement of food through our ports as we are inter-linked with our region and continent,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, April 21, 2020 11:58:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “What saddens me the most is that one of the deceased was a young lady who was also the mother of 2-year-old twins. I take note that the farm workers met their untimely death on their way to work. "These men and women are at the centre of producing food for our nation,” External link

iol Thursday, April 9, 2020 10:11:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The aim is to provide immediate to near-term support to smallholder farmers currently affected by the coronavirus outbreak in South Africa,” “Farmers who are currently receiving support through other programmes of government and its entities will also be excluded,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, April 7, 2020 3:04:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I urge all employers within the sector to fully comply with all the applicable prescripts. Together, as stakeholders within the sector, we have a mandate to ensure that there is access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food for our country,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, April 7, 2020 3:04:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The aim is to provide immediate to near-term support to smallholder farmers currently affected by COVID-19,” External link

sanews Monday, April 6, 2020 7:10:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Together as stakeholders within the sector, we have a mandate to ensure that there is access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food for our country,” External link

sanews Monday, April 6, 2020 7:10:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Other commodity sectors will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, as the department continuously monitors the impact of Covid-19 on the sector at large,” External link

businessday Monday, April 6, 2020 6:04:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The adjudication will prioritise women, youth and people with disabilities. [Those seeking to apply for assistance] should also be registered on farmer register, commodity database or provincial database [those who are not on the farmer register will be registered to benefit],” External link

businessday Monday, April 6, 2020 6:04:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The aim is to provide immediate to near-term support to smallholder farmers currently affected by COVID-19,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, April 6, 2020 5:39:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Together as stakeholders within the sector, we have a mandate to ensure that there is access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food for our country,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, April 6, 2020 5:39:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I urge all employers within the sector to fully comply with all the applicable prescripts. Together, as stakeholders within the sector we have a mandate to ensure that there is access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food for our country,” External link

gov-za Monday, April 6, 2020 4:15:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Citrus harvest also promises to be good. Food price monitoring will also be made on critical food basket commodities, and reports will be given to the nation on a regular basis,” External link

the-star Wednesday, March 25, 2020 3:11:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I appeal to the public not to embark on panic buying, as the president has indicated; the country has sufficient food supplies. Panic buying will only cause disruptions and inconvenience in the food system. I urge you, fellow citizens, to also be considerate and purchase that which is sufficient for your needs,” External link

citizen Tuesday, March 24, 2020 7:30:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "the department has set aside a package of R1.2 billion (68.1 million U.S. dollars) to address the effects of the coronavirus and ensure sustainable food production" "We are self sufficient. There's no need for panic buying," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, March 24, 2020 7:22:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “There is no need to embark on panic-buying, the country has enough food supplies,” External link

tribuneonlineng Tuesday, March 24, 2020 5:23:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The country has sufficient food supplies,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, March 24, 2020 4:37:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “There is no need to embark on panic-buying, the country has enough food supplies,” External link

thenationonlineng Tuesday, March 24, 2020 3:32:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I appeal to the public not to embark on panic buying, as the President has indicated; the country has sufficient food supplies. Panic buying will only cause disruptions and inconvenience in the food system. I urge you, fellow-citizens, to also be considerate and purchase that which is sufficient for your needs,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 24, 2020 3:09:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “There is no need to embark on panic-buying, the country has enough food supplies,” External link

themalaymailonline Tuesday, March 24, 2020 3:06:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “As a nation, we boast for being self-sufficient in food production, and a part of this year’s supply is yet to be harvested — which promises to be a bumper field crop and citrus harvest — and these processes will continue as normal as a foundation of SA's food system. I will be making regular updates on crop estimates to inform the country of our critical commodity supply,” External link

businessday Tuesday, March 24, 2020 3:05:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “This will be to ensure that we do not have inflated prices in the sector,” External link

businessday Tuesday, March 24, 2020 3:05:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “There is no need to embark on panic-buying, the country has enough food supplies,” External link

vanguardngr Tuesday, March 24, 2020 2:20:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "There is no need to embark on panic-buying, the country has enough food supplies," External link

wsau Tuesday, March 24, 2020 2:17:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "There is no need to embark on panic-buying, the country has enough food supplies," External link

reuters-en Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:13:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I understand the impact that this has had on the economy, particularly for the auctioneers, but they too appreciated that what we did was done to protect the red meat industry. We are formally announcing the removal of the ban across the country because we are convinced of the work we have done,” External link

times-co-sz Thursday, February 20, 2020 2:14:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I am aware of the social and economic impact this decision [ban] had on livestock owners, traders and the general sector stakeholders. I want to reassure the nation that this decision [to ban] was not taken lightly and was implemented as a disease control measure,” External link

businessday Monday, February 17, 2020 8:33:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Auctions will only be conducted under stringent conditions. All livestock agents must be registered with the Agricultural Produce Agents Council [Apac],” External link

businessday Monday, February 17, 2020 8:33:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I wish to remind all livestock keepers of their responsibilities in terms of section 11 of the Animal Diseases Act, 1984, that any owner or manager of land on which there are animals take all reasonable steps to prevent the infection of the animals with any animal disease, or parasite and the spreading thereof from the relevant land or animals,” External link

businessday Monday, February 17, 2020 8:33:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza remarked : “I wish to draw your attention to the fact that all APAC certificates issued prior to 2 March 2018 have lapsed and renewal should be done on or before 30 March 2020. I therefore encourage all livestock and game traders to contact the APAC for re-registration prior to resuming with their businesses” External link

gov-za Monday, February 17, 2020 2:06:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I wish to remind all livestock keepers of their responsibilities in terms of Section 11 of the Animal Diseases Act, 1984 that any owner or manager of land on which there are animals. take all reasonable steps to prevent the infection of the animals with any animal disease, or parasite and the spreading thereof from the relevant land or animals,” External link

gov-za Monday, February 17, 2020 2:06:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza concluded : “This gives the veterinary team sufficient confidence to proceed to the next phase of the control of the outbreak,” External link

gov-za Monday, February 17, 2020 2:06:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza added : “I am aware of the social and economic impact this decision had on livestock owners, traders and the general sector stakeholders. I want to reassure the nation that this decision was not taken lightly and was implemented as a disease control measure” External link

gov-za Monday, February 17, 2020 2:06:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza remarked : “I wish to thank these farmers for cooperating with us,” External link

gov-za Monday, February 17, 2020 2:06:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “In our approach, we had to balance amongst a few variables, the risks and. opportunity costs relating to the possible spread of the disease, economic losses to the entire country and financial losses to stakeholders,” External link

gov-za Monday, February 17, 2020 2:06:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza told : “We have to reflect, given the timetable. We think it will take time to resolve the older order claims (filed by December 1998),” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, February 12, 2020 2:52:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We appreciate there has been a delay. It’s priority legislation for this year,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, February 12, 2020 2:52:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza acknowledged : “this law has been there, but its application has been delayed” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, February 12, 2020 2:52:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Since the outbreak in November 2019, the team has followed up on over 140 properties with possible links to specific auctions and affected properties. To date 130 properties have been investigated and precautionary quarantine notices lifted on 87 properties,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, February 6, 2020 12:23:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I note the concerns raised by the portfolio committee on the ban on auctions and I will engage with the steering committee on Foot and Mouth on the uplifting of the ban, sooner for their consideration,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, February 6, 2020 12:23:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Since the outbreak in November 2019, the team has followed up on over 140 properties with possible links to specific auctions and affected properties. To date 130 properties have been investigated and precautionary quarantine notices lifted on 87 properties,” External link

sanews Thursday, February 6, 2020 11:25:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I note the concerns raised by the portfolio committee on the ban on auctions and I will engage with the steering committee on Foot and Mouth on the uplifting of the ban, sooner for their consideration,” External link

sanews Thursday, February 6, 2020 11:25:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Yours is to give back to the community, more especially your family. You are carrying a lot of responsibilities and if you fail. You will have failed the country. As pioneers, you have a lot of responsibilities to contribute toward the economy of the country,” External link

sanews Tuesday, January 28, 2020 5:18:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza told : “agricultural conditions vary across the country,” External link

zbc Sunday, December 22, 2019 7:45:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza told : “agricultural conditions vary across the country,” External link

news-yahoo Friday, December 20, 2019 11:42:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Significantly, it sets out a new joint vision across the value chain, identifies five pillars that underpin the vision and creates a Poultry Sector Master Plan Council to monitor and drive implementation of the pillars,” External link

sanews Friday, November 8, 2019 1:52:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We believe that we need to comply with the judgment of the court,” External link

citizen Saturday, October 19, 2019 2:10:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We have to look at various options such as institutional arrangements working with the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) and also reflect on the issue of animal commonages in the affected areas,” “We will be engaging with Ministers of Finance and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs to ask for their assistance to quickly respond to this challenge,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Sunday, August 25, 2019 3:38:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We have to look at various options, such as institutional arrangements working with the Agricultural Research Council (ARC), and also reflect on the issue of animal commonness in the affected areas,” External link

iol Saturday, August 24, 2019 4:26:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We will be engaging with the ministers of finance and cooperative governance and traditional affairs to ask for their assistance to quickly respond to this challenge,” External link

iol Saturday, August 24, 2019 4:26:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The close out report on all contracts undertaken by AgriDelight Training and Consulting has not yet been furnished by the company. This was despite several requests from the department to the implementing agent,” External link

citizen Thursday, August 8, 2019 10:57:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “In addressing the land question, government is not only addressing the historical legacy of dispossession but at the same time recognises the multifaceted role of land in the economy of the country as well as social development. Speedy delivery of land for human settlement will not only provide our people with houses as assets but also will ensure integrated spatial planning where we can work towards de-racialising our communities” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, July 28, 2019 4:41:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Many commentators have written on the successes and challenges of land reform in South Africa. In this very legislative assembly we too as public representatives of our people would like to find a lasting solution to the legacy of dispossession in our country” External link

businessday Tuesday, July 16, 2019 8:53:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Addressing the land question and its productive use will need a meaningful conversation with landowners, be they farmers, companies or trust,” “We need to be genuine and deliberate in transforming this sector. Historically, black South Africans were excluded from meaningful participation in the agricultural economy. The food value chain remains highly concentrated among a few players. This is hardly the basis of building a sustained agriculture economy that serves all” External link

businessday Tuesday, July 16, 2019 8:53:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We would like to thank them for committing to work with us to finding a lasting solution to the current stalemate. The challenges we have highlighted require a responsive State,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, July 16, 2019 1:51:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We will ensure that we recruit veterinary doctors and animal health specialists. We will also work with provinces to ensure that dipping services and other veterinary services are undertaken at scale,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, July 16, 2019 1:51:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “This signals growth to the South African citrus industry in South Africa and will result in the creation of more jobs. The use of breakbulk vessels at the port will clear the congestion at the port due to some challenges currently experienced,” External link

sanews Wednesday, June 12, 2019 2:55:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Our recommendation to the House is that as the committee, having acknowledged that amending Section 25 of the Constitution cannot be concluded during this term, we recommend that the sixth Parliament be tasked with finalising the process” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:14:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “If you look at results across Gauteng, no party got an outright majority, it was a serious contest and I think we did our best. No one went beyond the outright majority mark,” External link

iol Saturday, August 6, 2016 10:30:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "I was warmly received. Actually‚ (I was shown) a lot of love‚ which shows that whoever did that mischief was (expressing) an individual view and being mischievous to say the least‚" "I think we’re going to defend the city‚ we are going to retain it. The efforts that we have done with the ANC‚ working with communities … I mean‚ I never sat in the office ever since (I was nominated) and I think it will bear fruit" External link

bdlive Wednesday, August 3, 2016 1:26:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza told : “I am not nervous, actually. I’m happy that we have done a good campaign and we are here now. I am sure the ANC will retain Tshwane,” External link

enca Wednesday, August 3, 2016 1:09:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza responded : “I’m confident we will win. I don’t think at this stage one would start debating possibilities of what will happen next” External link

enca Wednesday, August 3, 2016 1:09:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “What is important is that at local level, it is where we express our views as communities about what type of government we want to be led by,” External link

enca Wednesday, August 3, 2016 1:09:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “For now, I’m confident we will win. I don’t think at this stage one could start debating about what might happen next, but everyone who fights an election goes there because you want to win,” External link

mg Wednesday, August 3, 2016 12:07:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "At local level this is where we express our views as communities as to what type of government we want to be led by," External link

news24 Wednesday, August 3, 2016 11:47:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "At local level this is where we express our views as communities as to what type of government we want to be led by," External link

news24 Wednesday, August 3, 2016 11:47:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "At local level this is where we express our views as communities as to what type of government we want to be led by," External link

news24 Wednesday, August 3, 2016 10:36:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "At local level this is where we express our views as communities as to what type of government we want to be led by," External link

news24 Wednesday, August 3, 2016 10:36:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "We are here to come and worship and get renewed and we are also here to hear the Lord speak to us," External link

news24 Sunday, July 17, 2016 6:46:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We are given the responsibility to lead our nation and we should always put God in front of us,” External link

news24 Sunday, July 17, 2016 6:46:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I’ve never and still do not feel foreign in Tshwane. Even with the latest incidences, which I don’t believe reflect the feelings of the community of Tshwane. And I therefore don’t feel in any way alienated. I feel a part of this community,” External link

iol Friday, July 8, 2016 8:27:00 PM EAT



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Minister40.00%EN04/30/200730/04/2007
minister60.00%EN09/03/200603/09/2006
Names Lang Count
Thoko DidizaEN55.56%
Thoko DidizaEU44.44%


 
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David Maynier said ( about Thoko Didiza ) : “Our Department of Economic Development and Tourism stands ready to advise on the implementation of workplace safety measures at the deeds office, and I look forward to engaging with Minister Didiza on the matter should it be required,” “The smooth running of processes like deeds registration are key to the success of investments in the economy and new investments are of course a vital aspect of economic recovery and growth in the Western Cape, and so we look forward to these plans being implemented immediately” External link

iol Thursday, August 13, 2020 3:37:00 PM EAT

Annette Steyn added ( about Thoko Didiza ) : “The disaster fund for agriculture, as announced by Minister Didiza clearly seeks only to support subsistence and small-scale farmers with an annual turnover of between R20,000 and R1 million. This means that medium-scale farmers have been excluded from this much-needed funding despite the devastating impact of the recent drought and the current lockdown regulations on their finances,” External link

citizen Wednesday, April 8, 2020 7:06:00 PM EAT

Jackson Mthembu said ( about Thoko Didiza ) : “We will move, in the ad hoc committee in its first meeting, that Thoko Didiza chairs the committee. She is a capable lady who also has a vast experience in this area … we’ve already sent the names of ANC members of the ad hoc committee to the speaker,” External link

businessday Friday, December 7, 2018 7:41:00 PM EAT

Solly Msimanga told ( about Thoko Didiza ) : “The same people responsible for the Thoko Didiza saga were blocking W F Nkomo street,” External link

mg Saturday, February 25, 2017 2:53:00 PM EAT

Cyril Ramaphosa said ( about Thoko Didiza ) : “Comrade Thoko Didiza should be the next mayor to work for us. Comrade Ramokgopa has given her the seat to take the work forward as he is going somewhere else. Thoko Didiza will indeed take the good work forward and we must go and vote to support her,” External link

enca Saturday, July 30, 2016 9:04:00 PM EAT

Cyril Ramaphosa said ( about Thoko Didiza ) : “Comrade Thoko Didiza should be the next mayor to work for us. Comrade Ramokgopa has given her the seat to take the work forward as he is going somewhere else. Thoko Didiza will indeed take the good work forward and we must go and vote to support her,” External link

iol Saturday, July 30, 2016 8:54:00 PM EAT

John Steenhuisen said ( about Thoko Didiza ) : “The DA acknowledges that Ms Didiza has performed better than her colleagues when chairing the House,” External link

iol Saturday, July 9, 2016 1:51:00 PM EAT

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Thoko Didiza said : “On behalf of the Ingonyama Trust Board and the ministry, I offer my sincerest condolences to the Royal Family and the Zulu Nation” “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family who are still mourning the passing of His Majesty the King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu and are now called upon to mourn the passing of the Queen,” External link

iol Friday, April 30, 2021 2:54:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “An additional amount of about 559 559 hectares are held by government on behalf of traditional communities in the same province,” External link

the-star Thursday, April 22, 2021 12:38:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Let me identify what are the challenges that we were faced with, that have impacted on land reform in the past 27 years. The Reconstruction and Development Programme as you might recall members actually envisaged that the state in the first five years will redistribute about 30 million hectares of agricultural land to those who were historically disadvantaged. The instruments, however, both in policy and legislation were inadequate to give effect to this ideal,” External link

iol Wednesday, March 31, 2021 6:58:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The claimant communities as well as individuals had to lodge claims from 1995 until 1998, just before the end of the five years which then indicates what the difficulties were in terms of policy and legislative framework,” External link

iol Wednesday, March 31, 2021 6:58:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza told : "The reasons tabled on the investigation report highlight the suspicious predetermined decision by senior officials at a provincial and national level to allocate the farm to military veterans, leaving Mr Cloete stranded once again," External link

news24 Monday, March 29, 2021 7:47:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “These efforts are part of the broader Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan the President announced late last year. The process is rigorous and evidence-based, led by the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC), Bureau for Food and Agriculture Policy (BFAP) and Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED),” External link

sanews Monday, March 29, 2021 4:55:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “It is clear that, ever since 2012, Mr Cloete was not treated fairly” External link

citizen Sunday, March 21, 2021 5:56:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The reasons tabled on the investigation report highlight the suspicious predetermined decision by senior officials at a provincial and national level to allocate the farm to military veterans, leaving Mr Cloete stranded yet again,” External link

citizen Sunday, March 21, 2021 5:56:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "It is clear that, ever since 2012, Mr Cloete was not treated fairly" External link

news24 Sunday, March 21, 2021 12:15:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "The reasons tabled on the investigation report highlight the suspicious predetermined decision by senior officials at a provincial and national level to allocate the farm to military veterans, leaving Mr Cloete stranded yet again," External link

news24 Sunday, March 21, 2021 12:15:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "Our collective response... to the pandemic confirmed that as a nation and most importantly as public representatives, we understood that serving our people is not about ourselves, but those that elected us to the corridors of power," "The way our government intervened in saving lives and livelihoods ensured that as a nation we were cushioned from the worst" External link

news24 Friday, March 19, 2021 7:06:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We aim to create jobs and also transform our sector, increasing exports as well as effecting land reform and rural development in underutilised land” External link

iol Friday, March 19, 2021 3:23:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “It is a financing model in which the state would be leveraging private sector investments. The department uses its grants to leverage private sector investment towards increasing and expanding production on land reform fronts, communal lands and privately owned farms. This will also help accelerate land redistribution by supporting the acquisition of agricultural land and assets along the value chain” External link

iol Friday, March 19, 2021 3:23:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “This is given that the family is still in mourning and I think we need to respect that because we are here to pay our respects. From time to time yes there would be issues of concern by the portfolio committee, on those matters we were engaging with the board and the trustee himself on how we can best deal with those issues that have been of concerns from the portfolio committee’s side,” External link

the-star Wednesday, March 17, 2021 12:24:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We will miss his advices because we would have, from time to time, engaged on matters of the Ingonyama Trust Board with Isilo. He was somebody passionate about development, so our engagements were beyond the activities of the board but also how as a trustee, together with the board, they could develop the communities under Ingonyama Trust,” External link

the-star Wednesday, March 17, 2021 12:24:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “This is given that the family is still in mourning and I think we need to respect that because we are here to pay our respects. From time to time yes there would be issues of concern by the portfolio committee, on those matters we were engaging with the board and the trustee himself on how we can best deal with those issues that have been of concerns from the portfolio committee’s side,” External link

iol Tuesday, March 16, 2021 5:57:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We will miss his advices because we would have, from time to time, engaged on matters of the Ingonyama Trust Board with Isilo. He was somebody passionate about development, so our engagements were beyond the activities of the board but also how as a trustee, together with the board, they could develop the communities under Ingonyama Trust,” External link

iol Tuesday, March 16, 2021 5:57:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Having learnt of the hospitalisation of His Majesty a few weeks back and regular updates that we have been getting about his health, I have been hopeful of his speedy recovery,” External link

africanewswire Saturday, March 13, 2021 9:05:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza remarked : “We have worked very well with His Majesty on improving the operations of the Ingonyama Trust Board and subsequently improving the lives of his subjects,” External link

africanewswire Saturday, March 13, 2021 9:05:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Having learnt of the hospitalisation of His Majesty a few weeks back and regular updates that we have been getting about his health, I have been hopeful of his speedy recovery,” External link

sanews Friday, March 12, 2021 6:09:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I wish to send my heartfelt and sincere condolences to the royal family and the Zulu nation. We continue to pray for your strength during this difficult time and may His Majesty rest in eternal peace,” External link

sanews Friday, March 12, 2021 6:09:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “This year, 2021, also started with good footing and the department’s analyst are looking at another year of growth of agricultural fortunes. I look forward to us as a collective maintaining this positive growth while also ensuring that there is inclusivity in the sector,” External link

sanews Wednesday, March 10, 2021 10:06:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “In communal areas, we have customary rights not codified in law though accepted under trusteeship of the state. That is one area we have not concluded,” “I am confident we will be able to deal with the issue. There been issues raised in terms of working on policy and legislation working with traditional communities on how best to deal with this issue where you have free-hold and customary tenure,” External link

iol Tuesday, March 9, 2021 8:59:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “All examiners will be allowed to do examination of documents at home, to fast-track the examination of documents. Registrars have the authority to manage this and should do so, taking all appropriate steps to ensure the safety of the documents as well as steps to avoid fraudulent transactions,” External link

iol Friday, March 5, 2021 3:07:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said ( about Land Claims ) : “I have no doubt that the introduction of the Land Court Bill Amendment will promote access to land on an equitable basis and contribute to speedy restoration of the dignity of our people,” External link

the-star Monday, March 1, 2021 6:44:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said ( about Land Claims ) : “I have no doubt that the introduction of the Land Court Bill Amendment will promote access to land on an equitable basis and contribute to speedy restoration of the dignity of our people,” External link

iol Monday, March 1, 2021 5:54:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “While there is a firm intention of redirecting the expenditure of the Land Rights Management Facility to ensure that the Legal Aid Board resolves land related matters speedily, I have no doubt that the introduction of the Land Court Bill will promote access to land on an equitable basis and contribute to a speedy resolution of land related matters, and contribute to nation building and restoration of the dignity of our people,” External link

sanews Monday, March 1, 2021 5:22:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “While there is a firm intention of redirecting the expenditure of the Land Rights Management Facility to ensure that the Legal Aid Board resolves land related matters speedily, I have no doubt that the introduction of the Land Court Bill will promote access to land on an equitable basis and contribute to a speedy resolution of land related matters, and contribute to nation building and restoration of the dignity of our people,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, March 1, 2021 3:48:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said ( about Land Claims ) : “This in my view will ease speedy resolution of the land-related disputes in the country and development of land jurisprudence,” “Since 1988, some of the claims that have been lodged with Land Claims Court have not been resolved. We are grateful that we have taken this step to make sure that the court has permanent judiciary,” External link

iol Monday, March 1, 2021 3:46:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “in excess of 49,294 South Africans benefited through the programme by having their land restored, or, where this was not possible or feasible, being paid financial compensation” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, February 17, 2021 3:48:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said ( about Association ) : “The industry has expanded notably over the past decade, and we thank the farmers for showing confidence and increasing the investments. The industry’s investment is starting to pay off, as the Citrus Growers’ Association reported this morning [Tuesday] that South Africa exported a record 146 million cartons of citrus in 2020; which means we are still the world’s second-largest exporter of fresh citrus after Spain,” “As a government, we commit to working with the industry and other stakeholders to expand the market access to destinations such as the United States, China and India, and the European Union and other countries that already enjoy the South African citrus. In the process, we will work with relevant stakeholders in improving logistics for export activity” External link

citizen Wednesday, February 3, 2021 5:07:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said ( about Association ) : “The industry has expanded notably over the past decade, and we thank the farmers for showing confidence and increasing the investments. The industry's investment is starting to pay off, as the Citrus Growers Association reported this morning (Tuesday) that South Africa exported a record 146 million cartons of citrus in 2020; which means we are still the world's second-largest exporter of fresh citrus after Spain,” External link

sanews Wednesday, February 3, 2021 11:00:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I would like to reiterate that an attack on a farmer is an attack on the country’s food security. Their role is very important in ensuring a sustainable food production for the nation and the continent at large,” External link

africanewswire Saturday, January 30, 2021 11:06:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Farm workers are an integral part of a successful agricultural sector, and their safety and better working conditions should be prioritised,” External link

sanews Thursday, January 28, 2021 4:14:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "Prof Karaan's passing is a massive loss for the country, at a time when we need leading development thinkers and practitioners like him the most, as the country begins to implement the Economic Recovery Plan," "Chapter six of the National Development Plan was largely drawn from his vision for agricultural and rural development, which emphasised a need for public-private partnership approaches in agricultural development" External link

allafrica Friday, January 15, 2021 5:02:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We send our sympathies and prayers to Prof Karaan’s family at this challenging time. The agricultural community will miss Prof Karaan’s insights and wisdom, added the Minister,” External link

iol Friday, January 15, 2021 1:21:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Prof Karaan’s passing is a massive loss for the country, at a time when we need leading development thinkers and practitioners like him the most, as the country begins to implement the Economic Recovery Plan,” “Chapter six of the National Development Plan was largely drawn from his vision for agricultural and rural development, which emphasised a need for public-private partnership approaches in agricultural development” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, January 14, 2021 12:28:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The implementation of the interventions is still in progress as the funds were transferred in July 2020,” External link

the-star Friday, December 11, 2020 1:07:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza announced : “These are producers who utilise land in the back yards of their homes, gardens in communal areas, all of which are more or less the size of a soccer field,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, December 10, 2020 4:49:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “This youth employment initiative will support the creation of jobs — in excess of 6,000 temporary jobs,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, December 10, 2020 4:49:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We are targeting the smallest within the agricultural sector. It is them that currently our agricultural policies do not address their needs adequately,” “It is these producers who may be defined as unbankable by our financial sector, and yet their role is important in providing food security for many families in our country” External link

iol Tuesday, December 8, 2020 8:30:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “utilise land in the back yards of their homes [or] gardens in communal areas” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, December 8, 2020 4:49:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “These are producers who utilise land in the backyards of their homes, gardens in communal areas, all of which are more or less the size of a soccer field. It is these producers who create a bulwark against the fight of food insecurity at household level,” External link

citizen Tuesday, December 8, 2020 3:11:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Specific targeted communities that will be supported we’ll take into consideration the agricultural calendar year in line with the commodities that are produced in that season, including livestock,” External link

eyewitness-news Monday, December 7, 2020 11:59:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza déclaré : "Plus de 75.000 producteurs de l'agriculture de subsistance recevront une aide sous la forme de bons d'achats pour des intrants agricoles, pour aider l'emploi indépendant dans ce secteur tout en soutenant la chaîne de valeur de l'alimentation. Nous avons conscience que le secteur agricole a subi un impact négatif, mais que l'agriculture de susbistance et les productions familiales restent les plus durement touchées" External link

french.china.org.cn Monday, December 7, 2020 11:26:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "In excess of 75,000 subsistence producers will be supported with farming input vouchers, to retain self-employment in the sector, while supporting food value chains," External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, December 7, 2020 10:55:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We’ve decided to target vulnerable individuals and groups, and aims to support 50% women, 40% youth and 6% persons with disabilities. Unemployed farm-dwellers and military veterans will also be prioritised for support through this initiative and are encouraged to apply,” External link

sanews Monday, December 7, 2020 6:20:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The department will take 150 applications by using the USSD system, and therefore, the principle of first come first serve will apply. The applicants will be notified on whether they’ve been successful or not within the second week of January 2021,” External link

sanews Monday, December 7, 2020 6:20:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said ( about Cyril Ramaphosa ) : “The president [Cyril Ramaphosa] has been emphatic about issues of corruption,” External link

citizen Wednesday, November 11, 2020 12:50:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “This is a way of enabling the state to have a record of which farm is occupied by who, and what activities are being undertaken on that particular state-owned land,” External link

mg Wednesday, November 11, 2020 12:40:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We indicated that the state land in question comprise of land that is currently occupied by individuals and communities who are residing in state land without the lease agreements; communities who applied for the 30 year lease and their applications were never finalised and those who have never applied for state land, but are interested in performing agricultural activities,” External link

citizen Tuesday, November 10, 2020 10:51:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza replied : “Yes, we do and we have also mobilised other stakeholders to ensure that the process is not doubted and is actually transparent” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, November 10, 2020 9:06:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "We indicated that the state land in question comprise of land that is currently occupied by individuals and communities who are residing in state land without the lease agreements; communities who applied for the 30 year lease and their applications were never finalised and those who have never applied for state land, but are interested in performing agricultural activities," External link

news24 Tuesday, November 10, 2020 6:56:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "There have been allegations made about government officials who have written letters of eviction to individuals and communities on state land. In some instances there have been allegations of our officials demanding bribes of hundreds of thousands of rand to access land. This conduct is unacceptable and criminal. We want to advise our communities to bring these issues to the office of the acting director-general for attention and to the nearest police station," External link

iol Tuesday, November 10, 2020 6:44:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Some of these lands like the Makhathini Flats were managed by Umjindi Management Company,” External link

sanews Tuesday, November 10, 2020 4:50:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “This important bill will ensure alignment with the Constitution as well as creating a clear framework on how expropriation for public purpose and public interest will be undertaken,” External link

sanews Tuesday, November 10, 2020 4:50:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Land reform therefore plays a critical role in enabling those who have been historically disadvantaged to have an asset that can give them a foothold in economic participation,” External link

sanews Tuesday, November 10, 2020 4:50:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “As part of the Economic Recovery Plan tabled by the President, agriculture is one of those sectors of the economy that is poised to contribute positively to job creation, food security and economic growth, particularly as we strengthen our market access for South African agricultural products globally,” External link

sanews Tuesday, November 10, 2020 4:50:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The policy and regulatory environment will require certainty in order to eliminate negative perception from would-be investors in this sector. Agricultural infrastructure, particularly for irrigation remains critical in particular in new areas that offer new opportunities for inclusive growth,” External link

sanews Tuesday, November 10, 2020 4:50:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The death of Mr Machakela is not only a great loss to his family and friends, but to the agricultural sector as a whole,” External link

sanews Tuesday, November 10, 2020 1:44:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “In addition to the City’s ‘Principles for Planning’ listed in your letter, the primary principle outlined in the District Six Framework should remain constant for future planning and redevelopment in District Six. The site should neither be speculated upon nor encouraged to be gentrified as may ordinarily be the case had restitution not formed the basis of its redevelopment imperative” External link

iol Tuesday, November 10, 2020 11:43:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “In the same light, I call upon the police to leave no stone unturned in making sure that the culprits are put behind bars,” External link

iol Saturday, November 7, 2020 5:48:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "Always engaging to find solutions to the many challenges that our country face, more so in agriculture, rural development and land reform matters. In a number of areas where she served, she always went an extra mile to ensure success and excellence," External link

allafrica Thursday, October 15, 2020 3:05:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Always engaging to find solutions to the many challenges that our country face, more so in agriculture, rural development and land reform matters. In a number of areas where she served, she always went an extra mile to ensure success and excellence,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, October 14, 2020 11:37:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "The beneficiary has an obligation to maintain all the infrastructure and upkeep of the land allocated to him or her. The beneficiary will have to manage, maintain and keep the record of assets received from the state," External link

news24 Monday, October 5, 2020 11:30:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I urge law enforcement agencies to leave no stone unturned in their investigation and arrest of the culprits,” External link

iol Sunday, October 4, 2020 2:13:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Yes, they may have been there for 20 [years]. But their status is not confirmed. It might be that, in the inquiry process, those people may be recommended to be given formal status on that leasehold,” External link

mg Saturday, October 3, 2020 10:36:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I urge law enforcement agencies to leave no stone unturned in their investigation and arrest of the culprits,” External link

iol Saturday, October 3, 2020 6:21:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I can’t over emphasise the role played by both the farmers and farm workers in the food production value chain and their killing has a devastating effect on our sector,” External link

iol Saturday, October 3, 2020 6:21:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "Increasing agricultural production is important for food security as well as contributing to the economy through trade," External link

allafrica Saturday, September 12, 2020 3:07:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Increasing agricultural production is important for food security as well as contributing to the economy through trade,” External link

sanews Wednesday, September 9, 2020 11:24:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Moving from level 5 to level 4, other restrictions started to be eased but we believe the sector will be fully operational under level 1,” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, September 2, 2020 9:40:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The department must look at making sure that procurement processes favour women, [and that ] 50% of what they procure must be from women-owned entities,” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, September 2, 2020 3:15:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We will also advocate for this using the opportunity of being the Chairperson of the African Union. The question is how then we make this campaign find expression in the land and agriculture sector,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, September 1, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “These are important milestones in terms of the work that has been done thus far,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, September 1, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Research and technology access remains a problem. Extension and advisory services are far and in- between,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, September 1, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “But some of them have faced difficulties because suppliers have not anticipated the numbers of people who would have wanted certain inputs at a particular time, so there was a delay. And so we made an extension to the end of September so that people can still redeem those vouchers,” External link

citizen Monday, August 31, 2020 11:51:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “With the R100 million that we announced for commercial farmers… the Land Bank last week on the 24th [August] released a call for applications for those farmers which will come to an end, at the end of September so they can see how they assist commercial farmers in distress, as a result of Covid-19,” External link

citizen Monday, August 31, 2020 11:51:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “So it has been uneven in the various sectors of our economy, in terms of the impact to the various sub-sectors of agriculture,” External link

citizen Monday, August 31, 2020 11:51:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "With the R100 million that we announced for commercial farmers... the Land Bank last week on the 24th [August] released a call for applications for those farmers which will come to an end, at the end of September so they can see how they assist commercial farmers in distress, as a result of Covid-19," External link

news24 Monday, August 31, 2020 10:04:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "So it has been uneven in the various sectors of our economy, in terms of the impact to the various sub-sectors of agriculture," External link

news24 Monday, August 31, 2020 10:04:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “All officials will be provided with all relevant tools of the trade to allow them to work from home. However, it is understood that, in some instances, this may not be possible, due to various factors such as where offices are in rural areas and where it is not safe to do so,” “All examiners will be allowed to do examination of documents at home, to fast-track the examination of documents. Registrars have the authority to manage this and should do so, taking all appropriate steps to ensure the safety of the documents as well as steps to avoid fraudulent transactions” External link

iol Tuesday, August 18, 2020 5:45:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We will ensure that all health and safety measures as stipulated by the departments of Health and Employment and Labour are adhered to,” External link

africanewswire Friday, August 14, 2020 2:13:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I have considered all these challenges and decided that it would be prudent to extend the validity period to 30 September 2020 to allow suppliers to build adequate stocks of production inputs and farmers to redeem their vouchers,” External link

sanews Thursday, August 13, 2020 2:56:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “This interim board consists of seven members, including five members who served on the previous board and two new additional members. Their urgent mandate is to finalise the current audit process and to compile the close out report,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, August 4, 2020 12:09:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said ( about Director General ) : “Following allegations of mismanagement and wrong doing within the OBP, I have tasked the Director-General, Mdu Shabane, to establish a process to ensure that all allegations raised by various stakeholders are investigated without fear or favour,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, August 4, 2020 12:09:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “In piloting the District Development Model, the department had already accommodated an intake of 1 001 youth to this programme from eThekwini, OR Tambo and Waterberg,” External link

sanews Wednesday, July 22, 2020 11:45:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Agriculture, as the sector with a relatively higher job creation multiplier effect than most sectors, had set aside R688 million, which we have factored into our Annual Performance Plan. This allocation will be utilised to support 50 000 subsistence producers with an allocation of R12 000, through a voucher system in the peri-urban and rural areas,” External link

sanews Wednesday, July 22, 2020 11:45:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “South Africa is no different in terms of the experience, but we can utilise the threat provided by COVID-19 to reimagine land and agrarian reform in South Africa. We are known to be a resilient nation and we will emerge stronger and better post COVID-19,” External link

sanews Wednesday, July 22, 2020 11:45:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The other transfers are to our agricultural entities such as the ARC, which received a grant of R1.271 billion. The National Agriculture Marketing Council received an amount R47.4 million and the Ingonyama Trust received an amount of R22 million,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, July 22, 2020 10:49:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The Economic Development, Trade and Marketing programme had a R135.9 million cut which will lead to reconsideration and prioritisation of projects within the agro-processing, marketing and rural industrial development space. The R300 million cut relating to the Compensation of Employees will delay the drive towards fully capacitating the department towards building a resilient sector,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, July 22, 2020 10:49:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “In piloting the District Development Model, the department had already accommodated an intake of 1 001 youth to this programme from eThekwini, OR Tambo and Waterberg,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, July 22, 2020 10:49:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Agriculture, as the sector with a relatively higher job creation multiplier effect than most sectors, had set aside R688 million, which we have factored into our Annual Performance Plan. This allocation will be utilised to support 50 000 subsistence producers with an allocation of R12 000, through a voucher system in the peri-urban and rural areas,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, July 22, 2020 10:49:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “South Africa is no different in terms of the experience, but we can utilise the threat provided by COVID-19 to reimagine land and agrarian reform in South Africa. We are known to be a resilient nation and we will emerge stronger and better post COVID-19,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, July 22, 2020 10:49:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza warned : “I urge all of you to be vigilant against anyone who personifies me and these fraudsters are working day and night to get your hard-earned money,” External link

gov-za Friday, July 17, 2020 7:39:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza warned : “I urge all of you to be vigilant against anyone who impersonates me. These fraudsters are working day and night to get your hard earned money,” External link

sanews Friday, July 17, 2020 1:57:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I wish to remind all livestock keepers of their responsibilities in terms of Section 11 of the Animal Diseases Act, 1984, that any owner or manager of land on which there are animals take all reasonable steps to prevent the infection of the animals with any animal disease, or parasite and the spreading thereof from the relevant land or animals,” External link

iol Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:13:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “It is especially tragic that Shahied will not see this come to fruition, having contributed so tirelessly for this cause,” External link

iol Sunday, June 14, 2020 5:53:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “However, Mr Ajam’s passion and devotion to the District 6 community will endure. His legacy of action and activism for his community will always be etched in the fabric of District 6,” External link

citizen Sunday, June 7, 2020 3:11:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said ( about Association ) : "The contributions made by Golden Harvest, African Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA), Bitter Fence, and Onderstepoort Biological Products (OBP) are an indication that Ubuntu and solidarity remains the character of our society," "The interventions of government in partnership with other civil society organisations, community members and individuals in ensuring food security amongst our people remains an important during this time of the pandemic. We must continue to support those who work in the fields and in agribusiness industries because they remain vulnerable in the face of the disease. We continue to appeal to our farmers and owners of agribusinesses to do all that they can to have work plans that comply with our health protocols on COVID-19," External link

allafrica Monday, May 25, 2020 10:37:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We urge the food value chain role players to strictly comply and adhere to strict health regulations to contain and arrest the spread of Covid-19 as we strive to supply food to the nation,” External link

citizen Monday, May 18, 2020 1:46:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “It saddens me that during this process many of them fell by the [wayside] because they could not provide proof that they are farmers or farming,” “The registration of farmers on the Producer Farmer Register will enable the government to locate farmers so that targeted support can be provided” External link

citizen Monday, May 18, 2020 1:46:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “It must be noted that an amount of R600 million had to be reprioritised from the Stimulus Package on PLAS farms in the 2019/2020 budget to assist the other smallholder and communal farmers in terms of this Covid-19 intervention,” External link

citizen Monday, May 18, 2020 1:46:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Through this intervention, we want to ensure that agricultural production continues to ensure food security for the country. Food is being produced at farm level and deliveries are made to wholesalers, retailers, fresh produce markets and other critical distribution points,” “We urge the food value chain role players to strictly comply and adhere to strict health regulations to contain and arrest the spread of Covid-19 as we strive to supply food to the nation” External link

citizen Monday, May 18, 2020 1:46:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said ( about Province ) : “I am pleased to announce that after the closing date, 55 155 applications were received. The Eastern Cape Province received the highest number of applications followed by the Northern Cape and North West. To date, 15036 applications have been approved valued just over R500 million in favour of smallholder and communal farmers,” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, May 18, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Of the 15036 approved applications, 5 494 are women, 2 493 youth and 224 people living with disability and males at 9542. Livestock has been the most requested commodity by farmers, followed by vegetables, poultry and fruits. Each of the approved farmers will receive inputs in line with the size of their farming operations up to a maximum of R50 000,” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, May 18, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “It must be noted that an amount of R600 million had to be reprioritised from the Stimulus Package on PLAS farms in the 2019/2020 budget to assist the other smallholder and communal farmers in terms of this Covid-19 intervention,” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, May 18, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Through this intervention, we want to ensure that agricultural production continues to ensure food security for the country. Food is being produced at farm level and deliveries are made to wholesalers, retailers, fresh produce markets and other critical distribution points,” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, May 18, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza concluded : “We urge the food value chain role players to strictly comply and adhere to strict health regulations to contain and arrest the spread of Covid-19 as we strive to supply food to the nation,” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, May 18, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We urge the food value chain role players to strictly comply and adhere to strict health regulations to contain and arrest the spread of COVID-19 as we strive to supply food to the nation,” External link

sanews Monday, May 18, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said ( about Province ) : “The Eastern Cape Province received the highest number of applications, followed by the Northern Cape and North West,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, May 17, 2020 10:06:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza added : “With the R500-million, there is still a small amount remaining which will go to the applications that have not yet been approved,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, May 17, 2020 10:06:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I am pleased to announce that after the closing date, 55,155 applications were received. The Eastern Cape province received the highest number of applications, followed by the Northern Cape and North West. "To date, 15,036 applications have been approved, valued just over R500 million, in favour of smallholder and communal farmers,” External link

iol Sunday, May 17, 2020 6:00:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “It must be noted that an amount of R600 million had to be reprioritised from the stimulus package on PLAS farms in the 2019/2020 budget to assist the other smallholder and communal farmers in terms of this Covid-19 intervention,” External link

iol Sunday, May 17, 2020 6:00:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We urge the food value chain roleplayers to strictly comply and adhere to strict health regulations to contain and arrest the spread of Covid-19 as we strive to supply food to the nation,” External link

iol Sunday, May 17, 2020 6:00:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “To date, 15,036 applications have been approved, valued at just over R500 million in favour of smallholder and communal farmers,” External link

citizen Sunday, May 17, 2020 3:07:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Livestock has been the most requested commodity by farmers, followed by vegetables, poultry and fruits. Each of the approved farmers will receive inputs in line with the size of their farming operations up to a maximum of R50,000,” External link

citizen Sunday, May 17, 2020 3:07:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “It must be noted that an amount of R600 million had to be reprioritised from the stimulus package on PLAS farms in the 2019/2020 budget to assist the other smallholder and communal farmers in terms of this Covid-19 intervention,” External link

citizen Sunday, May 17, 2020 3:07:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Through this intervention, we want to ensure that agricultural production continues to ensure food security for the country. Food is being produced at farm level and deliveries are made to wholesalers, retailers, fresh produce markets and other critical distribution points,” “We urge the food value chain role players to strictly comply and adhere to strict health regulations to contain and arrest the spread of Covid-19 as we strive to supply food to the nation” External link

citizen Sunday, May 17, 2020 3:07:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said ( about Province ) : “I am pleased to announce that after the closing date, 55 155 applications were received. The Eastern Cape Province received the highest number of applications followed by the Northern Cape and North West. To date, 15036 applications have been approved valued just over R500 million in favour of smallholder and communal farmers,” External link

gov-za Sunday, May 17, 2020 2:33:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Of the 15036 approved applications, 5 494 are women, 2 493 youth and 224 people living with disability and males at 9542. Livestock has been the most requested commodity by farmers, followed by vegetables, poultry and fruits. Each of the approved farmers will receive inputs in line with the size of their farming operations up to a maximum of R50 000,” External link

gov-za Sunday, May 17, 2020 2:33:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “It must be noted that an amount of R600 million had to be reprioritised from the Stimulus Package on PLAS farms in the 2019/2020 budget to assist the other smallholder and communal farmers in terms of this Covid-19 intervention,” External link

gov-za Sunday, May 17, 2020 2:33:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Through this intervention, we want to ensure that agricultural production continues to ensure food security for the country. Food is being produced at farm level and deliveries are made to wholesalers, retailers, fresh produce markets and other critical distribution points,” External link

gov-za Sunday, May 17, 2020 2:33:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza concluded : “We urge the food value chain role players to strictly comply and adhere to strict health regulations to contain and arrest the spread of Covid-19 as we strive to supply food to the nation,” External link

gov-za Sunday, May 17, 2020 2:33:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Control measures currently in place include that all infected pigs be kept as far as possible from uninfected pigs and be housed alone to avoid contact with other pigs in the area and to limit the spread of the disease,” External link

businessday Monday, May 11, 2020 5:52:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Control measures currently in place include that all infected pigs should be as far as possible from those that are not and must be housed alone to avoid contact with other pigs in the area to limit the spread of the disease,” External link

citizen Monday, May 11, 2020 4:09:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "Control measures currently in place include that all infected pigs should be as far as possible from those that are not and must be housed alone to avoid contact with other pigs in the area to limit the spread of the disease," External link

irishsun Sunday, May 10, 2020 4:59:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza concluded : “We are committed to support export-led growth and will continue working with the private sector in unblocking bottlenecks to support further space for enterprise development and growth. We do this, while continuously monitoring the food supplies for the country,” External link

citizen Monday, May 4, 2020 4:04:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “This is a testimony to the hard work and resilience of the South African farming community and investments made in the sector,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, May 4, 2020 1:02:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We are committed to support export-led growth and will continue working with private sector in unblocking bottlenecks to support further space for enterprise development and growth. We do this, while continuously monitoring the food supplies for the country,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, May 4, 2020 1:02:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "We are committed to support export-led growth and will continue working with private sector in unblocking bottlenecks to support further space for enterprise development and growth," "We do this, while continuously monitoring the food supplies for the country," External link

4-traders Monday, May 4, 2020 11:56:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Retail shops providing agricultural inputs may operate and auctions may take place, but under strict conditions to adhere to the prevention of health risks,” External link

times-co-sz Monday, May 4, 2020 8:14:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I would like to commend the farmer organisations for having been able to raise issues in the task team and directly with the Ministers, the Deputy Ministers and the MEC’s,” External link

africanewswire Wednesday, April 22, 2020 2:16:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “MEC’s of Agriculture working with provincial Command Centres and Provincial Joint Operation Committees have been attending to challenges faced by small-scale farmers and all farmers in general,” External link

africanewswire Wednesday, April 22, 2020 2:16:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza remarked : “I can’t over emphasise the importance of the Agricultural Sector value chain, especially our farmers and farm workers during this time. Food security and food production is very important to avert any food shortage in our country,” External link

africanewswire Wednesday, April 22, 2020 2:16:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I would like to commend the farmer organisations for having been able to raise issues in the task team and directly with the Ministers, the Deputy Ministers and the MEC ’s,” External link

AfricaNews-English Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:51:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza remarked : “I can’t over emphasise the importance of the Agricultural Sector value chain, especially our farmers and farm workers during this time. Food security and food production is very important to avert any food shortage in our country,” External link

AfricaNews-English Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:51:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Its financial and operational capacity to respond to the crisis is weaker and this situation will need much greater levels of international support,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, April 21, 2020 11:58:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The government has also allowed the movement of food through our ports as we are inter-linked with our region and continent,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, April 21, 2020 11:58:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “What saddens me the most is that one of the deceased was a young lady who was also the mother of 2-year-old twins. I take note that the farm workers met their untimely death on their way to work. "These men and women are at the centre of producing food for our nation,” External link

iol Thursday, April 9, 2020 10:11:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The aim is to provide immediate to near-term support to smallholder farmers currently affected by the coronavirus outbreak in South Africa,” “Farmers who are currently receiving support through other programmes of government and its entities will also be excluded,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, April 7, 2020 3:04:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I urge all employers within the sector to fully comply with all the applicable prescripts. Together, as stakeholders within the sector, we have a mandate to ensure that there is access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food for our country,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, April 7, 2020 3:04:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The aim is to provide immediate to near-term support to smallholder farmers currently affected by COVID-19,” External link

sanews Monday, April 6, 2020 7:10:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Together as stakeholders within the sector, we have a mandate to ensure that there is access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food for our country,” External link

sanews Monday, April 6, 2020 7:10:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Other commodity sectors will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, as the department continuously monitors the impact of Covid-19 on the sector at large,” External link

businessday Monday, April 6, 2020 6:04:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The adjudication will prioritise women, youth and people with disabilities. [Those seeking to apply for assistance] should also be registered on farmer register, commodity database or provincial database [those who are not on the farmer register will be registered to benefit],” External link

businessday Monday, April 6, 2020 6:04:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The aim is to provide immediate to near-term support to smallholder farmers currently affected by COVID-19,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, April 6, 2020 5:39:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Together as stakeholders within the sector, we have a mandate to ensure that there is access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food for our country,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, April 6, 2020 5:39:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I urge all employers within the sector to fully comply with all the applicable prescripts. Together, as stakeholders within the sector we have a mandate to ensure that there is access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food for our country,” External link

gov-za Monday, April 6, 2020 4:15:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Citrus harvest also promises to be good. Food price monitoring will also be made on critical food basket commodities, and reports will be given to the nation on a regular basis,” External link

the-star Wednesday, March 25, 2020 3:11:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I appeal to the public not to embark on panic buying, as the president has indicated; the country has sufficient food supplies. Panic buying will only cause disruptions and inconvenience in the food system. I urge you, fellow citizens, to also be considerate and purchase that which is sufficient for your needs,” External link

citizen Tuesday, March 24, 2020 7:30:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "the department has set aside a package of R1.2 billion (68.1 million U.S. dollars) to address the effects of the coronavirus and ensure sustainable food production" "We are self sufficient. There's no need for panic buying," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, March 24, 2020 7:22:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “There is no need to embark on panic-buying, the country has enough food supplies,” External link

tribuneonlineng Tuesday, March 24, 2020 5:23:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The country has sufficient food supplies,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, March 24, 2020 4:37:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “There is no need to embark on panic-buying, the country has enough food supplies,” External link

thenationonlineng Tuesday, March 24, 2020 3:32:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I appeal to the public not to embark on panic buying, as the President has indicated; the country has sufficient food supplies. Panic buying will only cause disruptions and inconvenience in the food system. I urge you, fellow-citizens, to also be considerate and purchase that which is sufficient for your needs,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 24, 2020 3:09:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “There is no need to embark on panic-buying, the country has enough food supplies,” External link

themalaymailonline Tuesday, March 24, 2020 3:06:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “As a nation, we boast for being self-sufficient in food production, and a part of this year’s supply is yet to be harvested — which promises to be a bumper field crop and citrus harvest — and these processes will continue as normal as a foundation of SA's food system. I will be making regular updates on crop estimates to inform the country of our critical commodity supply,” External link

businessday Tuesday, March 24, 2020 3:05:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “This will be to ensure that we do not have inflated prices in the sector,” External link

businessday Tuesday, March 24, 2020 3:05:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “There is no need to embark on panic-buying, the country has enough food supplies,” External link

vanguardngr Tuesday, March 24, 2020 2:20:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "There is no need to embark on panic-buying, the country has enough food supplies," External link

wsau Tuesday, March 24, 2020 2:17:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "There is no need to embark on panic-buying, the country has enough food supplies," External link

reuters-en Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:13:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I understand the impact that this has had on the economy, particularly for the auctioneers, but they too appreciated that what we did was done to protect the red meat industry. We are formally announcing the removal of the ban across the country because we are convinced of the work we have done,” External link

times-co-sz Thursday, February 20, 2020 2:14:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I am aware of the social and economic impact this decision [ban] had on livestock owners, traders and the general sector stakeholders. I want to reassure the nation that this decision [to ban] was not taken lightly and was implemented as a disease control measure,” External link

businessday Monday, February 17, 2020 8:33:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Auctions will only be conducted under stringent conditions. All livestock agents must be registered with the Agricultural Produce Agents Council [Apac],” External link

businessday Monday, February 17, 2020 8:33:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I wish to remind all livestock keepers of their responsibilities in terms of section 11 of the Animal Diseases Act, 1984, that any owner or manager of land on which there are animals take all reasonable steps to prevent the infection of the animals with any animal disease, or parasite and the spreading thereof from the relevant land or animals,” External link

businessday Monday, February 17, 2020 8:33:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza remarked : “I wish to draw your attention to the fact that all APAC certificates issued prior to 2 March 2018 have lapsed and renewal should be done on or before 30 March 2020. I therefore encourage all livestock and game traders to contact the APAC for re-registration prior to resuming with their businesses” External link

gov-za Monday, February 17, 2020 2:06:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I wish to remind all livestock keepers of their responsibilities in terms of Section 11 of the Animal Diseases Act, 1984 that any owner or manager of land on which there are animals. take all reasonable steps to prevent the infection of the animals with any animal disease, or parasite and the spreading thereof from the relevant land or animals,” External link

gov-za Monday, February 17, 2020 2:06:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza concluded : “This gives the veterinary team sufficient confidence to proceed to the next phase of the control of the outbreak,” External link

gov-za Monday, February 17, 2020 2:06:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza added : “I am aware of the social and economic impact this decision had on livestock owners, traders and the general sector stakeholders. I want to reassure the nation that this decision was not taken lightly and was implemented as a disease control measure” External link

gov-za Monday, February 17, 2020 2:06:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza remarked : “I wish to thank these farmers for cooperating with us,” External link

gov-za Monday, February 17, 2020 2:06:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “In our approach, we had to balance amongst a few variables, the risks and. opportunity costs relating to the possible spread of the disease, economic losses to the entire country and financial losses to stakeholders,” External link

gov-za Monday, February 17, 2020 2:06:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza told : “We have to reflect, given the timetable. We think it will take time to resolve the older order claims (filed by December 1998),” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, February 12, 2020 2:52:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We appreciate there has been a delay. It’s priority legislation for this year,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, February 12, 2020 2:52:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza acknowledged : “this law has been there, but its application has been delayed” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, February 12, 2020 2:52:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Since the outbreak in November 2019, the team has followed up on over 140 properties with possible links to specific auctions and affected properties. To date 130 properties have been investigated and precautionary quarantine notices lifted on 87 properties,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, February 6, 2020 12:23:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I note the concerns raised by the portfolio committee on the ban on auctions and I will engage with the steering committee on Foot and Mouth on the uplifting of the ban, sooner for their consideration,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, February 6, 2020 12:23:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Since the outbreak in November 2019, the team has followed up on over 140 properties with possible links to specific auctions and affected properties. To date 130 properties have been investigated and precautionary quarantine notices lifted on 87 properties,” External link

sanews Thursday, February 6, 2020 11:25:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I note the concerns raised by the portfolio committee on the ban on auctions and I will engage with the steering committee on Foot and Mouth on the uplifting of the ban, sooner for their consideration,” External link

sanews Thursday, February 6, 2020 11:25:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Yours is to give back to the community, more especially your family. You are carrying a lot of responsibilities and if you fail. You will have failed the country. As pioneers, you have a lot of responsibilities to contribute toward the economy of the country,” External link

sanews Tuesday, January 28, 2020 5:18:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza told : “agricultural conditions vary across the country,” External link

zbc Sunday, December 22, 2019 7:45:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza told : “agricultural conditions vary across the country,” External link

news-yahoo Friday, December 20, 2019 11:42:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Significantly, it sets out a new joint vision across the value chain, identifies five pillars that underpin the vision and creates a Poultry Sector Master Plan Council to monitor and drive implementation of the pillars,” External link

sanews Friday, November 8, 2019 1:52:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We believe that we need to comply with the judgment of the court,” External link

citizen Saturday, October 19, 2019 2:10:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We have to look at various options such as institutional arrangements working with the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) and also reflect on the issue of animal commonages in the affected areas,” “We will be engaging with Ministers of Finance and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs to ask for their assistance to quickly respond to this challenge,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Sunday, August 25, 2019 3:38:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We have to look at various options, such as institutional arrangements working with the Agricultural Research Council (ARC), and also reflect on the issue of animal commonness in the affected areas,” External link

iol Saturday, August 24, 2019 4:26:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We will be engaging with the ministers of finance and cooperative governance and traditional affairs to ask for their assistance to quickly respond to this challenge,” External link

iol Saturday, August 24, 2019 4:26:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “The close out report on all contracts undertaken by AgriDelight Training and Consulting has not yet been furnished by the company. This was despite several requests from the department to the implementing agent,” External link

citizen Thursday, August 8, 2019 10:57:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “In addressing the land question, government is not only addressing the historical legacy of dispossession but at the same time recognises the multifaceted role of land in the economy of the country as well as social development. Speedy delivery of land for human settlement will not only provide our people with houses as assets but also will ensure integrated spatial planning where we can work towards de-racialising our communities” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, July 28, 2019 4:41:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Many commentators have written on the successes and challenges of land reform in South Africa. In this very legislative assembly we too as public representatives of our people would like to find a lasting solution to the legacy of dispossession in our country” External link

businessday Tuesday, July 16, 2019 8:53:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Addressing the land question and its productive use will need a meaningful conversation with landowners, be they farmers, companies or trust,” “We need to be genuine and deliberate in transforming this sector. Historically, black South Africans were excluded from meaningful participation in the agricultural economy. The food value chain remains highly concentrated among a few players. This is hardly the basis of building a sustained agriculture economy that serves all” External link

businessday Tuesday, July 16, 2019 8:53:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We would like to thank them for committing to work with us to finding a lasting solution to the current stalemate. The challenges we have highlighted require a responsive State,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, July 16, 2019 1:51:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We will ensure that we recruit veterinary doctors and animal health specialists. We will also work with provinces to ensure that dipping services and other veterinary services are undertaken at scale,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, July 16, 2019 1:51:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “This signals growth to the South African citrus industry in South Africa and will result in the creation of more jobs. The use of breakbulk vessels at the port will clear the congestion at the port due to some challenges currently experienced,” External link

sanews Wednesday, June 12, 2019 2:55:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “Our recommendation to the House is that as the committee, having acknowledged that amending Section 25 of the Constitution cannot be concluded during this term, we recommend that the sixth Parliament be tasked with finalising the process” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:14:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “If you look at results across Gauteng, no party got an outright majority, it was a serious contest and I think we did our best. No one went beyond the outright majority mark,” External link

iol Saturday, August 6, 2016 10:30:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "I was warmly received. Actually‚ (I was shown) a lot of love‚ which shows that whoever did that mischief was (expressing) an individual view and being mischievous to say the least‚" "I think we’re going to defend the city‚ we are going to retain it. The efforts that we have done with the ANC‚ working with communities … I mean‚ I never sat in the office ever since (I was nominated) and I think it will bear fruit" External link

bdlive Wednesday, August 3, 2016 1:26:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza told : “I am not nervous, actually. I’m happy that we have done a good campaign and we are here now. I am sure the ANC will retain Tshwane,” External link

enca Wednesday, August 3, 2016 1:09:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza responded : “I’m confident we will win. I don’t think at this stage one would start debating possibilities of what will happen next” External link

enca Wednesday, August 3, 2016 1:09:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “What is important is that at local level, it is where we express our views as communities about what type of government we want to be led by,” External link

enca Wednesday, August 3, 2016 1:09:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “For now, I’m confident we will win. I don’t think at this stage one could start debating about what might happen next, but everyone who fights an election goes there because you want to win,” External link

mg Wednesday, August 3, 2016 12:07:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "At local level this is where we express our views as communities as to what type of government we want to be led by," External link

news24 Wednesday, August 3, 2016 11:47:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "At local level this is where we express our views as communities as to what type of government we want to be led by," External link

news24 Wednesday, August 3, 2016 11:47:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "At local level this is where we express our views as communities as to what type of government we want to be led by," External link

news24 Wednesday, August 3, 2016 10:36:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "At local level this is where we express our views as communities as to what type of government we want to be led by," External link

news24 Wednesday, August 3, 2016 10:36:00 AM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : "We are here to come and worship and get renewed and we are also here to hear the Lord speak to us," External link

news24 Sunday, July 17, 2016 6:46:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “We are given the responsibility to lead our nation and we should always put God in front of us,” External link

news24 Sunday, July 17, 2016 6:46:00 PM EAT

Thoko Didiza said : “I’ve never and still do not feel foreign in Tshwane. Even with the latest incidences, which I don’t believe reflect the feelings of the community of Tshwane. And I therefore don’t feel in any way alienated. I feel a part of this community,” External link

iol Friday, July 8, 2016 8:27:00 PM EAT



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Minister40.00%EN04/30/200730/04/2007
minister60.00%EN09/03/200603/09/2006
Names Lang Count
Thoko DidizaEN55.56%
Thoko DidizaEU44.44%


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David Maynier said ( about Thoko Didiza ) : “Our Department of Economic Development and Tourism stands ready to advise on the implementation of workplace safety measures at the deeds office, and I look forward to engaging with Minister Didiza on the matter should it be required,” “The smooth running of processes like deeds registration are key to the success of investments in the economy and new investments are of course a vital aspect of economic recovery and growth in the Western Cape, and so we look forward to these plans being implemented immediately” External link

iol Thursday, August 13, 2020 3:37:00 PM EAT

Annette Steyn added ( about Thoko Didiza ) : “The disaster fund for agriculture, as announced by Minister Didiza clearly seeks only to support subsistence and small-scale farmers with an annual turnover of between R20,000 and R1 million. This means that medium-scale farmers have been excluded from this much-needed funding despite the devastating impact of the recent drought and the current lockdown regulations on their finances,” External link

citizen Wednesday, April 8, 2020 7:06:00 PM EAT

Jackson Mthembu said ( about Thoko Didiza ) : “We will move, in the ad hoc committee in its first meeting, that Thoko Didiza chairs the committee. She is a capable lady who also has a vast experience in this area … we’ve already sent the names of ANC members of the ad hoc committee to the speaker,” External link

businessday Friday, December 7, 2018 7:41:00 PM EAT

Solly Msimanga told ( about Thoko Didiza ) : “The same people responsible for the Thoko Didiza saga were blocking W F Nkomo street,” External link

mg Saturday, February 25, 2017 2:53:00 PM EAT

Cyril Ramaphosa said ( about Thoko Didiza ) : “Comrade Thoko Didiza should be the next mayor to work for us. Comrade Ramokgopa has given her the seat to take the work forward as he is going somewhere else. Thoko Didiza will indeed take the good work forward and we must go and vote to support her,” External link

enca Saturday, July 30, 2016 9:04:00 PM EAT

Cyril Ramaphosa said ( about Thoko Didiza ) : “Comrade Thoko Didiza should be the next mayor to work for us. Comrade Ramokgopa has given her the seat to take the work forward as he is going somewhere else. Thoko Didiza will indeed take the good work forward and we must go and vote to support her,” External link

iol Saturday, July 30, 2016 8:54:00 PM EAT

John Steenhuisen said ( about Thoko Didiza ) : “The DA acknowledges that Ms Didiza has performed better than her colleagues when chairing the House,” External link

iol Saturday, July 9, 2016 1:51:00 PM EAT