[Here is a news article where AgriSA is claiming all sorts of wonderful things. I am not impressed with AgriSA’s approach here. Afriforum is doing a far better job. AgriSA seems to be kissing Govt ass. But hidden in this news report is something I’ve suspected for long … that the Govt has already paid for thousands of farms that they bought from white farmers. These farms are NOT being used by the blacks. In fact, most of them have not even been given to the blacks!
Yet, you will see that lying swine, Ramaphosa, claiming that there is an urgent need to seize the farms from the whites now! Why? They already have a huge backlog of farms that they have NOT given to the blacks. It is NOT the WHITES holding up the process!
The key sentence in this otherwise pathetic article about AgriSA, is this: “Initiating production on 4 000 farms currently in government possession to unlock commercial value and create farming opportunities.” It also turns out the Govt itself has huge amounts of land that it wants to give to the blacks: “Government is finalising an audit of state land for transfer to black farmers;”.
The bottom line is that there is a *LOT* of land that the Govt has in its possession NOW, which can be given to the blacks (who are all apparently keen to “farm”). If they have so much land, which they’ve acquired in the last 24 years, why the rush to seize more when they have not even handed over what they have?
It should be clear that all this is nothing more than political nonsense and lying. They are out to smack the whites – that’s all. Jan]
The ANC has committed to defend property rights and is clearly concerned about the impact talk of expropriation without compensation is having on the economy and investor sentiment, says Omri van Zyl, CEO of AgriSA.
The governing party, led by Deputy President David Mabuza and Paul Mashatile, the ANC’s treasurer, met a delegation from AgriSA and Agbiz, the agriculture value chain chamber Agbiz, on Tuesday. Van Zyl led the AgriSA team. The meeting was held at the request of the ANC.
Van Zyl told News24 that the ANC had undertaken to defend property rights, but that the discussion did not directly address the issue of expropriation of property without compensation.
According to AgriSA’s statement, the organisation is “encouraged” by a range of commitments undertaken by the ANC. Van Zyl called the meeting “historic”. Everyone agreed that “factions” attempting to polarise society though statements about land reform “should be resisted”.
Some of the undertakings by the ANC include:
- No land grabs will be allowed;
- The protection of productive agricultural land will remain a priority;
- Optimising the use of fallow land in deep rural areas;
- Property rights will remain a key priority in agrarian development;
- Government is finalising an audit of state land for transfer to black farmers;
- Initiating production on 4 000 farms currently in government possession to unlock commercial value and create farming opportunities.
Van Zyl said the meeting laid the foundation for a lasting partnership “to sustainably transform and grow agriculture. However, our focus will remain on negotiating for tangible benefits for producers”.
“The commitments from the ANC are important, but AgriSA (is) also committed to assist with the roll-out of a pragmatic plan to grow the sector and assist black farmers,” said Christo van der Rheede, AgriSA deputy executive director.
AgriSA president Dan Kriek met President Cyril Ramaphosa in Cape Town on Tuesday. The outcome of that meeting is not yet clear.