Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Massive farm failure in SA



South Africa: Alive with possibility!

More like pregnant with malignancy...

Is there anyone out there that can de-code the following double-babble speak? I would greatly appreciate it, because it seems to me these kaffirs are cleverer than me...

Minister reveals that 90% of redistributed farms are now unproductive

Food security and economic growth are being undermined by the collapse of more than 90% of the farms that the government bought for restitution or redistribution to victims of apartheid.

Minister of Rural Development and Land Affairs Gugile Nkwinti also warned that, while the government would invest heavily to rescue these failing farms, it would also crack down soon on foreigners buying up South African land.

"The department has purchased going concerns and because they were going concerns, there was always that hope that they would continue to produce. The reality is that that has not happened," he told reporters in Cape Town.

"We have not talked about the revenue that the state has lost because farms totalling 5.9 million hectares, which were active and accruing revenue for the state, were handed over to people. And more than 90% of those farms are now not functional. They are not productive, and the state loses revenue. We cannot afford to go on like that," he said.

Nkwinti said proposals to rescue the flagship land reform project, which was intended to reverse one of the most visible legacies of white rule, would be published in a green paper that would be sent for Cabinet approval this month. It will be made public before May 31.

He said the policy proposal would put the restriction of foreign land ownership in South Africa back on the table.

"It's something which, if you don't deal with it in a responsible manner, might explode - or implode - like the Zimbabwe situation. It's not very much the same as our situation, but it could turn out to be actually the same if we don't act while we have the political authority as government," he said.

Former president Thabo Mbeki's government launched an investigation into controls on foreign land ownership, but did not follow through with specific proposals.

Nkwinti said he did not have figures available for how much land foreigners owned, but added: "What we do know is that at the rate we are purchasing land as government - whether for restitution or for redistribution - foreigners are buying land three times faster.

"That is why we have to look at the land tenure system. It is inevitable," he said.

Land restitution is intended to compensate blacks thrown off land they owned under white rule. Redistribution is designed to dismantle the white monopoly on 87% of the country's land, inherited in 1994.

Nkwinti said the proposed reform of the land tenure system would address both the foreign land ownership question and the status of the government when it pumps new money into land owned by failing farmers.

He said the state would invest close to R500-million this year to begin to rescue new black farmers who had not been given adequate support or resources to work the farms.

He said R254-million had been diverted in last month's Budget from land reform to recapitalise and develop 200 farms identified jointly by his department and by Parliament's portfolio committee on land and agriculture.

A further R207-million had been pegged to guarantee non-performing Land Bank loans and prevent the Bank from auctioning off failed farms.

Nkwinti said the government had accepted it would not nearly meet the original target of shifting 82 million hectares of white-owned land to black farmers by 2014, but he said the focus in the short term would be on reviving the development of a sustainable emerging black farming community.

"We want to balance the number of hectares [we buy] and the extent to which we are able to use those hectares to produce food."

Nkwinti said there would be no mercy for land redistribution beneficiaries who wanted to own land only for show.

The state would offer technical and financial support, including mentoring and possibly equity partnerships with experienced or retired farmers. After that, land owners would have to show they were willing to work hard and produce food.

"If they don't use that land, we will take it," he said.

8 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

I'm also not that smart - but I think what he's trying to say (behind the smoke and mirrors) is that we fucked up by taking productive land and giving it to useless kaffirs who did nothing with it. Now, they need to take white tax payers money to pay these useless "farmers" to teach them how to farm (which of course will be another waste of tax money). Then, if this doesn't work he will "take" the land as a good communist would do. In the meantime, SA will once again have to import food (which we never did under evil Apartheid). The only reason they are admitting this is because they can see the value of having food grown in the country and the only people smart enough is the evil white farmer (if they aren't all murdered off as per the norm.).

Anonymous said...

Blacks hate facing facts.
The facts are that before the white man arrived the blacks did not farm. Sure they had some animals such as cattle, but foot and mouth disease and other diseases kept the numbers of the cattle down, which in turn kept the population numbers down.

The blacks had no use for the land when the white man first arrived. It took the white man to make the blacks see what could be done with land. It took the white man's skills to make the blacks realise that land is a valuable commodity.

The blacks could not farm back then and they still can't farm today. Nothing has changed except that they now accuse the white man of stealing something that they had no use for and did not covet.

They are truly an useless people.

Anonymous said...

Blacks hate facing facts.
The facts are that before the white man arrived the blacks did not farm. Sure they had some animals such as cattle, but foot and mouth disease and other diseases kept the numbers of the cattle down, which in turn kept the population numbers down.

The blacks had no use for the land when the white man first arrived. It took the white man to make the blacks see what could be done with land. It took the white man's skills to make the blacks realise that land is a valuable commodity.

The blacks could not farm back then and they still can't farm today. Nothing has changed except that they now accuse the white man of stealing something that they had no use for and did not covet.

They are truly an useless people.

Anonymous said...

Well, well, well.

What a surprise.

Anon.

Laager said...

"Land restitution is intended to compensate blacks thrown off land they owned under white rule. Redistribution is designed to dismantle the white monopoly on 87% of the country's land, inherited in 1994."

The same warped, lop-sided and distorted old chesnut.

The fact of the matter is that by far the majority of this 87% is the Little Karoo, Karoo and Richtersveld where it takes something like 20 hectares to support 1 sheep, AND, surprise, surprise - BLACK PEOPLE HAVE NEVER LIVED THERE!

The whole environment was too harsh for them. They remained in the high rainfall areas in the east which provided grass for their cattle and their subsistence maize crops.

Lies. lies and more lies to conceal their incompetence.

If Black South Africans and the rest of the left wing liberals are really concerned about the theft of land from indigenous populations start examining Canada, the USA, Australia and New Zealand, which were all part of the New World settlement process about the time that European immigrants came to Southern Africa.

In the USA today 2% of the land is protected Indian Reservations - just like those evil Homelands/Bantustans/Native Reserves in the old RSA/Union of SA

And as for Canada, Australia and New Zealand?

They are all the property of HM QE II.

Jim Beam said...

Zimbabwe Part II

1. Starve the people
2. Control them with food
3. Yeah they cant farm thats the point
4. Its all on track
5. Zimbabwe by design.

jou ma se moer said...

Notice the way this boon minista could only give a stuff about lost tax revenue.

Arsewipe.

Anonymous said...

Am I missing something here???, What has failed farms(which were perfectly good farms before) have anything to do with foreign land ownership. Guess someone has to take the blame.