The Figure below presents a schematic of the Polices and Strategies that drives the planning and implementation of service delivery in the Department.  Flowing from the Figure the Policies and Strategies are discussed in more detail. 

National Development Plan 2030

  • Agricultural development should be based on positive land reorganisation, creation of employment opportunities and environmental protection;
  • Increased availability of irrigated farming as well as dry-land production to smallholder farmers; and
  • Established agricultural business should become supporting partners of smallholder farmers.

Strategic Infrastructure Projects

The South African Government planned to implement 17 Strategic Infrastructure Projects (SIP) which had been identified by the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Council (PICC). The geographically defined strategic projects are covering all provinces and every SIP encompass elements of infrastructure. Specifically, relevant to the Department is SIP 11, which deals with agric-logistics and rural infrastructure. SIP 11 is aimed to improve investment in agricultural and rural infrastructure that supports expansion of production and employment, small scale farming and rural development.

2019 Election Manifesto (agricultural sector specific)

  • Investing in the economy for inclusive growth;
  • Accelerate land reform and provide greater support for emerging commercial farmers;
  • Ensure that the agriculture sector continues to increase its contribution to export earnings;
  • Strong partnerships with established agribusiness for the growth of the sector;
  • Greater support for emerging and small-scale farmers and promote cooperative activities;
  • Invest in agricultural research and new technologies to enhance the sector’s market share in the global share;
  • Promote urban agriculture and community food gardens to promote national food security and reduce hunger;
  • Advance women’s access to land and participation in agriculture and rural economies; and
  • Promote sustainable use of water resources, including smart agriculture, to mitigate the impact of climate change.

Medium Term Strategic Framework 2020/21-2024/25 Priorities

Priority 1: Building a capable, ethical, and developmental state

Priority 2: Economic transformation and job creation

Priority 3: Education, skills, and health

Priority 4: Consolidating the social wage through reliable and quality basic services

Priority 5: Spatial integration, human settlements, and local government

Priority 6: Social cohesion and safe communities

Priority 7: A better Africa and world


District Development Model

During 2019 the President Coordinating Council (PCC) endorsed a District Development Model (DDM). The implementation of the DDM aims to strengthen inter-sphere planning and budgeting for impactful service delivery in cooperating private sector and civil society contribution.

The main deliverables of DDM are to produce District Socio-Economic profiles as precursor to the crafting of area based One Plan – District – Wide Integrated Development Plans (IDPs).

The envisioned One Plan – District – Wide Integrated Development Plan – IDP is a plan that will outline the desired socio-economic development future of each District and clearly illustrate how this future can become a reality. It encapsulates components such as:

  • Demographic and Socio-Economic Profile;
  • Governance, leadership and Financial Management;
  • Integrated Service Provisioning;
  • Infrastructure Delivery; and
  • Spatial Restructuring and Economic Position.

Sector Perspective

The Revitalisation of Agriculture and Agro-processing Value Chain (RAAVC) will be measured in terms of food security, job creation and contribution towards the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The Department is working with the private sector and other key stakeholders to ensure the implementation of the RAAVC Plan.


Limpopo Development Plan (LDP)

  • Expanding employment in agriculture;
  • Involvement in the competitive clusters of horticulture and meat production;
  • Greater contribution to food security; and
  • Achieving the vision of rural economy.


The Department is governed by the following legislation in line with the mandates and functions of the organisation.





National Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (Act 108 of 1996)


(Ensuring provision of efficient human resources management to create an efficient, effective and development oriented public service)

Labour Relations Act (Act 66 of 1995)

Basic Conditions of Employment Act (Act 75 of 1997)

Skills Development Act (Act 97 of 1998)

Sills Development Levies Act (Act 9 of 1999)

Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act 85 of 1993)

Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (Act 130 of 1993)

Government Employees Pension Law of 1996

Employee Equity Act (Act 55 of 1998)

Public Service Act (Act 103 of 1994)

Natural Scientific Professions Act (Act 20 of 2003)


(To guide the Department in insuring proper management of limited financial and non-financial resources in an economic, effective, and efficient manner)

Public Finance Management Act (Act 1 of 1999 as amended by Act 29 of 1999)

Division of Revenue Act

Preferential Procurement Policy Act (Act 5 of 2000)

Companies Act (Act 61 of 1973)

Income Tax Act - 1962 – fourth standard


(To ensure provision of efficient administrative support to programmes and clients)

Extension of Security of Tenure Act (Act 62 of 1997)

National Archives Act (Act 43 of 1996)

Promotion of Access to Information Act (Act 2 of 2000)

Administrative Justice Act (Act 3 of 2000)


(To ensure that the Department delivers on its mandate within the parameters of laws governing the agricultural sector)

Conservation of Agricultural Resources Act (Act 43 of 1983)

Subdivision of Agricultural Land Act (Act 70 of 1970)

Meat Safety Act (Act 40 of 2000)

Animal Diseases Act (Act 35 of 1984)

Land Redistribution for Agricultural Development Policy

Land Use Planning Ordinance (Ordinance 15 of 1985)

National Water Act, 1998 (Act 36 of 1998)

Water Services Act, 1997 (Act 108 of 1997)

Act on Marketing of Agricultural Products, 1996 (Act 47 0f 1996)

Land Reform Act, 1997 (Act 3 of 1997)

Act on Agricultural Products Standards

Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Act, 1982 (Act 19 of 1982)

Fertilizers, Farm Feeds, Agricultural Remedies and Stock Remedies Act, 1947 (Act 36 of 1947)

The International Code for the Control of Animal Diseases of the World Organization for Animal Health

The International Code for Laboratory Diagnostic Procedure for Animal Diseases of the World

Organization for Animal Health

The International Sanitary and Phyto Sanitary Code of the World Trading Organization

Codex Alimentarius of the World Trade Organization (International Code of Food Security)



(Ensuring that all pieces of legislation affecting all the programmes within the Department guide service delivery within the parameters of the law, rules, and regulations)

Adult Basic Education and Training Act (Act 52 of 2000)

South African Qualifications Act (Act 58 of 1995)

National Education Policy Act (Act 27 of 1996)

Further Education and Training Act (Act 98 of 1998)

General and Further Education and Training Quality Assurance Act (Act 58 of 2001)

Employment Education and Training Act (Act 76 of 1998)

Higher Education Act (Act 101 of 1997)

Cooperatives Act (Act 14 of 2005)

Merchandise Marks Act, 1941 (Act 17 of 1941)

Trademark Act, 1993 (Act 194 of 1993)

Trade Practices Act, 1976 (Act 76 of 1976)




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