Please note the attached article – many Zimbabweans were gainfully employed as workers in the 1970’s —their efforts were well received, highly productive, and mutually beneficial to the country’s agricultural success…and all parties were aptly recognized for this esteemed ranking back in 1975.
If black Zimbabweans workers were the brains, why then did these black Zimbabweans abandon their country and the land they loved? Why did they choose not to use their farming knowledge and techniques? Why did they choose to turn Zimbabwe into a dust bowl, and result in the extreme suffering of millions? The answer is that clearly black Zimbabwean farm workers lacked the knowledge, the tools, resources and infrastructure to build their own massive agricultural business. Even if they had the knowledge, Robert Mugabe didn’t want his ‘people’ thriving – he wanted everyone weak and reliant on him…which explains the worlds outrage at Mugabe’s dictatorship and why they applied sanctions.
Now back to South Africa. If we don’t learn from history, then our brains are no larger than a squids. Look at what happened to Zim, and let’s avert the similar trajectory that SA is following.
How? Embrace and love our farmers, regardless of their background, religion, race, creed etc – just be thankful they have a passion for farming. Protect them. Make them our heroes…all of them – farm owners, farm managers, farm workers
We desperately need to encourage more farmers, and I am not talking subsistence farming because if everyone just subsists, there will still be millions without food. We need large scale agricultural techniques that require a special set of skills which take time to develop. We need to feed ourselves, employ ourselves, and build a profitable business. We need to educate our children on the importance of farming, and eliminate all the ‘ANC red tape nightmare’ that engulfs our new aspiring farmers.
I make a plea to South Africa to not turn SA into Zimbabwe- understand the seriousness of the killing of our farmers. We must acknowledge the discrimination that is occurring by the ANC against black farmers, white farmers and every other colour in between. Farmers are under assault, and within ten years SA will be another Zim if we don’t engage our brains as a country. Yes, already Russia is laughing at SA’s myopic policies, and the western world is talking sanctions in the hallways (due to their concerns on the cruel killing and torturing of farmers by roaming terrorists who are being financed illicitly by one of our political parties). Yes, the sanctions I am referring to are being contemplated by the West as we speak (anyone feeling a strong sense of Déjà vu?)
The signs are clear today as farmers and their extended families are exiting in droves…land sits idle and neglected, while our black population growth explodes unfettered. Crime rates in rural areas are brutal and farmers are exasperated. The ANC turns a blind eye to their plight, letting their racial bias blur their logic.
The ANC arrogantly sits on millions of hectares of idle state land that is perfect for crops, they use red tape as a crutch to avoid giving more than 4000 farms to eager farmers, because they are permeated with corruption, and want to give their corrupt Cadres ‘first pickings’ – all at the expense of the safety and security of our ailing country.
A massive humanity crisis looms, to avert this, an equally massive paradigm shift in attitude is needed in SA.
-Siyanda M. Maphalala
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