R461-million to prop up non-productive, incompetent black farmers
CAPE TOWN –Land ‘Reform” minister Gugile Nkwinti warned this week that ninety percent of the 5.9-million hectares of ‘redistributed’ farms, alienated from skilled white commercial farmers, now do not produce any excess food at all. Yet while talking tough with ‘use it or lose it’ threats, the ANC-cabinet minister also announced that another R461-million will be spent to prop up these insufficient farmers for yet another year – hoping that they then magically start producing more food…
Land “Reform” Minister Nkwinti moaned at a media briefing yesterday that despite the State having spent ‘many billions' -- the government “would not meet its target of turning over 30 percent of arable land to the black majority by 2014 -- as it simply did not have the R72-million needed to achieve this.”
This is a very misleading statement: South Africa’s very arid landscape has only ever allowed six percent of its entire surface to be used for food-cropping: what the South African State has already done is to confiscate as much privately-owned farmland as possible. Less than one percent of the entire land-surface now is being food-cropped because of this massive Stalinist-style farm-land destruction programme.
The SA State has already spent ‘many billions’ to buy up 5.9-million hectares of commercial farmland for ‘redistribution’ to black residents – who just as was done in the Stalinist land-confiscation programmes, also had never farmed before. And now this minister bemoans the fact that a full 90% of these farms have already failed within just two seasons of being taken over by dismally incompetent people who have no knowledge nor interest in the complicated process of farming in the semi-arid South African landscape.
The Minister’s startling admission also confirms exactly what the much-maligned Philip du Toit wrote in his controversial book The Great South African Land Scandal. http://greatsalandscandal.blogspot.com/ – in which he also accused the ANC-regime of engineering famine - writing: