For those wondering how to get around this...
Using YAST I deleted the ant that comes with SUSE and installed the latest from Apache. As instructed, I set up ANT_HOME to point to the new installation, and updated the PATH.
Make sure the newly installed ant is being called by running:
It's also worth noting that I'm running the latest JDK from Sun, and no the one that ships with Suse 10.1. So, I have the following environment variables set up: