SA state owns 64,976 of 85,000 ‘Boer’ farms
30 April 2011 1 Comment
239-million sub-Saharan people suffer severe hunger, warns a left-wing German think tank – which blames it on ‘climate change’… while understating the dramatic loss of food-production in South Africa on the rest of the sub-continent…
The growing famine in South Africa is caused entirely by the ANC-regime
Open letter to Heinrich Böll Foundation
Dr Antonie Katharina Nord
Heinrich Böll Stiftung / Heinrich Böll Foundation
Regional Office Southern Africa
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From Adriana Stuijt,
Retired SA journalist
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The FAO World Hunger Map ignores the threat of famine in SA: however the left-wing Heinrich Böll foundation warns of 239-million people suffering ‘severe hunger’ in Sub-Sahara… does it really stop at the South African borders?
April 30 2011 – Your report claims that 239-million sub-Saharans suffer ‘severe hunger’ and that this seems to be caused primarily by ‘global warming’ and ‘climate change’.
Then why, with so many people suffering ‘severe hunger’ (including some 14-million inside SA itself at last count) – is the South Africa regime so very stupidly killing off its best food-producing farmers and turning all the farm-land into totally unproductive, State owned wasteland?
Less than half-a-percent of the total South African land surface now is under irrigated crop-production. The country has to import massive amounts of food – yet the ANC-regime still continues with its wilful destruction of a once flourishing, well-organised and highly-educated commercial agricultural sector.
State already owns 64,976 of the 85,000 commercial farms and 5,448 agri-holdings – but doesn’t know it bcause its records are in chaos:
90% of all the ‘redistributed farms’ are idle:
In South Africa, one can only fully understand why its food-production has dropped so rapidly over the past 19 years when it is realised that a total of 1,155,508 land parcels in the SA Deeds Registration System already are state-owned land by 2010 – of which 1,085,084 are urban sites, 64,976 sites are farms and 5,448 are ‘agricultural holdings’.
- The government itself admitted in March 2010 that a full ninety percent of all these state-owned land parcels, their socalled ‘redistributed farms’, produce no excess food whatsoever.
Six percent of entire land-surface suitable for food-cropping:
In 1994, there were more than 85,000 privately-owned, food-producing farms in South Africa, which employed more than 1,6-million workers, who lived on the farms with their families. These farms produced excess-food on less than FIVE PERCENT of the entire surface of the country.
By 2001, fifty-six percent of all the total land-surface in South Africa already belonged to the State – which in turn allocates land-use-rights certificates to black families; while 44% of the land including in the cities and towns, was in the hands of white people.
By 2010, the Grain-SA Cooperative reported a membership of only 1,000 grain-producing farmers in the entire country. The rest of the members in TAU and Agri-SA produce other food-crops and products from livestock – while many farmers also turned to the lower-overhead wildlife-farming and game-lodge tourism and hunting industry. The CIA observations from space have also registered the fact that less than 0,5% (one-half of a percent) of the entire South African land-surface is still being used for irrigated agricultural-production.
South Africa is a very arid country with irregular supplies of running surface-water in many regions, and where less than six percent of its entire land surface has ever been suitable for viable agriculture in its entire registered food-cropping history, ever since the arrival of the VOC-ships at the Cape of Good Hope. The country’s agricultural production is largely reliant on the eleven-year drought/excessive rainfall cycle caused by the El Nino/El Nina weather phenomenon in the southern hemisphere. The commercial farmers (“Boers”) have successfully adapted their production-methods to this phenomenon over the past two centuries, preserving water in farm-dams for times of drought and devising ingenous ways of dry-land food production.
Food production on 90% of ‘redistributed farms’ is non-existent:
Yet despite the fact that 90% of the 5,9-million hectares of ‘redistributed farms’ now lay totally idle and produce no food whatsoever – according to the ANC minister in March 2010 – the South African government is still going full-steam ahead with its land-nationalisation programme. And this is done despite the fact that the government does not even know the exact extent of state-owned land-sites because of its faulty record-keeping at the SA Deeds Registration System, as was pointed out by the Chief Surveyor-General of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform on 31 March 2011. He urged in a report to the parliamentary committee that “the many discrepancies discovered in the land-ownership of specific land-parcels be urgently investigated and corrected”.
2011: Only 14,000 privately-owned, registered commercial farms remain:
However what this careful survey of the disreputable records in the SA Deeds Registration Office did reveal, was that there’s considerably more land owned by the State than they realise: that from the original 85,000 privately-owned food-producing farms (“Boer farms”) , only about 14,000 farms and smallholdings now are registered as being ‘white-owned commercial agricultural sites’- all the other farms are in the hands of the State already.
Farming in South Africa is the most dangerous job in the world:
Producing excess food under the present dangerous conditions in the countryside also has many farmers pull out and sell up – especially after the farmer or a member of his household has been murdered. It clearly is increasingly difficult for these farmers to continue producing food while large numbers of armed gangs from the cities endanger their families and attack their homesteads. putting their farms under virtual siege.
Out of 3,800 rural murders targetting whites, 1,489 were commercial farmers:
Out of the more than 3,800 murders recorded in rural regions of South Africa since 1994 up to April 27 2011, a total 1,489 were commercial farmers, registered members of either the TAU or Agri-SA.
By 2006 12,4-million black people got poverty-grants, food-aid
By 2006, South Africa’s shrinking number of taxpayers already paid R56.8-billion in poverty-grants to 12.4-million poor black recipients (one-fifth of the black population).
- In November 2007, One of South Africa’s most experienced former military commanders and analysts, ret.Maj-Gen Chris van Zyl, warned in a lecture in that the growing Southern African food-crisis was creating massive political unrest throughout the southern African region. People were now on the move by the many millions – mostly into South Africa from the rest of Africa. “This is the largest migration on the African continent now occurring right now in South Africa, where many millions of famished Africans arrive in their desperate search for survival”. The UN-sponsored news agency IRIN reported in May 2007 that many millions of South Africans are struggling to cope with the country’s soaring food prices. http://www.africancrisis.co.za/Docs/FOOD_SECURITY_IN_SOUTHERN_AFRICA.pdf
0,5% of entire SA land surface is under irrigated food-cropping:
By 2010, the Grain-SA Cooperative only had about 1,000 grain-producing farmers left in the entire country. They still produce an impressive amount of food under the most dangerous farming conditions in the world – but not nearly enough to feed the entire South African population. The country now needs to import grain-products in massive quantities from off-continent. The CIA observations from space have also recorded that less than 0,5% (one-half of a percent) of the entire South African land-surface is still being used for irrigated agricultural-production.
More reduction of farm-land by proposed Security of Tenancy Bill
This handful of commercial farmers, besides having to work in their remote fields under these dangerous conditions, also face even more loss of farm-land by the newly proposed “Security of Tenancy Bill’. The Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa (TAU) notes on 16 March 2011 in its submission to the parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Rural Development and Land Reform that the proposed “Security of Tenure Bill ‘ makes it clear that the SA Constitution’s written guarantee that ‘ all are equal before the law’ does not apply to (white) farmers: “they are the only group of people of whom it is expected to grant permanent residence on their property. Nobody else in the public or private sector has to comply with this rule.”
By 2001, 56% of all of South Africa’s land already belonged to the State which granted land-use access to some 1-million ‘new black farmers’ and their families. Fourty-four percent of all the land, including in the cities, was in the hands of white people. And at the same time, food-production and the income it generates for the state, has also dropped dramatically:
5,9-million hectares of ‘redistributed farms’ (90%) are unproductive:
SA’s Minister of Rural Development and Land Affairs Gugile Nkwinti warned on March 2 2010 at a press conference that 90% of all the ‘redistributed farms’ were unproductive, with 5,9-million hectares of these formerly white-owned, productive farms laying idle, its once so modern, well-developed, multi-billion Rand infrastructures stripped and vandalised by looters. He blamed the entire problem on ‘foreign-land ownership’ however – threatening to crack down hard, saying:
“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 the 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 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 ANC still will continue to try and shift 82million hectares of ‘formerly white-owned land’ to blacks by 2014 although he believed it was an ‘unrealistic target’. They would now be focusing, he said, “on reviving the development of a ‘sustainable emerging black farming’ community.” http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/article334448.ece
- The TAU also submitted:
“Article 9(3) of the Constitution determines explicitly that there may be no unfair discrimination on grounds of ethnic or social descent. However, this Bill discriminates against the agricultural community as identifiable social group. This discrimination is unfair and not acceptable to the agricultural community.
- “Article 25 of the Constitution guarantees property rights. The proposed Bill on Security of Tenure undermines property rights and goes even further than the expropriation process, which at least make provision for a set procedure and compensation. Restitution targets have already been reached in 2001. Independent demographic experts have determined in a survey for the Development Bank at that time that 56% of all land belonged to the State and black people and only 44% was in the hands of white people.
‘The Government must say once and for all whether they want a commercial farming industry in South Africa:’
The TAU said in its submission to parliament that ‘it wants to know what the real purpose of this Bill is. It makes no economic sense and is totally out of step with international norms. The Government must say for once and for all whether they want a commercial farming industry in South Africa and whether they want this country to be the only country in Africa that is self-sufficient in terms of food production. All legislation should be judged against this background.” TLU statement
Less than 350,000 farm-workers on 14,000 food-producing farms:
The number of tax-paying farm-workers, according to the SA revenue statistics in 2009, have dropped from the original 1,6-million in 1994 to below 350,000 by the end of 2008. The proposals in the Security of Tenancy Bill are also rather vague as to whether all these original 1,6-million farm-workers and their large, extended clans and their descendants would also be able to claim-tenancy rights on farms – or whether it only applies to the current number of tax-paying workers. At any rate, this Bill will result in an even greater reduction of the rapidly-shrinking, viable farm land in South Africa.
The TAU said that (of the 3,800 whites recorded as having been murdered in rural regions by armed militia-gangs), about 1,780 were commercial farmers – members of the Agri-SA and TLU unions. They have been murdered and terrorised off their farms and smallholdings by these gangs, while the rest of the farmers are facing heavy pressure to ‘sell’ their Land Deeds to the state. A large number of these farmers who ‘sold’ their land willingly, have thus far also never been reimbursed for handing over their registered Deeds to the ANC-government: essentially their land was simply stolen from them.
The government’s great many foreign-aid-funded schemes to replace these efficient farmers with thus far, some 1-million ‘new black farmers’ are proving to be a resounding failure. These 1million farmers are primarily subsistence: producing food for their own extended clans but selling very little excess food for use by the rest of the population.
South African regime feeds 14-million poor black people:
The South African population has thus also become increasingly reliant on food-aid from the ANC-regime. Annually it is now feeding 14-million destitute black people, including at the schools.
So by removing its most efficient excess-food producing agricultural sector, the ANC regime has now gained an increasingly needy population which is unable to look after itself, and requires massive amounts of food-aid and government-benefits to survive. It only took them twenty years.
There has not been any kind of countrywide, sustained ‘weather’ disaster which could have caused this dramatic collapse of South African agriculture.
- Ever since its agricultural records were maintained from the 17th century, it has been recorded that South Africa goes through eleven-year drought cycles. The Boer farmers have over the centuries, successfully adapted their production to this fact and created a very well-organised agricultural community over the years, based on a system of Dutch-style farming cooperatives where the food-requirements for the following season were carefully recorded and the farmers advised by agricultural-experts on the crops to produce the following season. It also had a flourishing Veterinary preventive-medicine and science programme, based at Onderstepoort, to maintain healthy livestock and to protect the human population from infection by animal-related diseases such as rabies.
The mismanagement under the ANC-government – which insists on firing white veterinary-scientists with years of experience and not replacing them with qualified personnel solely for racist reasons – has caused a severe reduction in the services which Onderstepoort is able to produce at the moment: and the results have been frequent outbreaks of for instance, foot and mouth disease and similar infections amongst livestock.
This growing famine in South Africa is caused entirely by the ANC-regime:
Before 1994, the SA agricultural community produced so much excess food that most of the southern African region also imported food from South Africa throughout the entire apartheid-era. Food is still being exported from South Africa today to other African countries, but this export has dropped by more than 60% since 1999.
I saw no evidence throughout this period of the progressive collapse of the South African commercial agricultural sector that the present food-deprivation amongst the SA population could, in any way shape or form, have been caused by ‘global warming’ or ‘climate change’.
On the contrary, the growing famine in South Africa is entirely caused by the present government. The report by the Chief Surveyor-General of the Department of rural Development and Land Reform, presented to the SA parliamentary committee on March 31, 2011, is presented at:
——————————- Sources: FAO world hunger map ignores famine in South Africa Rural murders by militia-gangs 1994 to April 27 2011 specifically targetting whites: (updated daily) Murders of whites in rural and urban areas of South Africa: SA Land Deed Registration Survey report to Parliament, March 2011: Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa, objections to proposed Land Tenure Tenancy Bill: 239-million Sub-Saharan people suffer severe hunger: SA agriculture collapses, famine spreads: Largest migration of hungry, empoverished people in Southern Africa in its entire history: warning”
FAO world hunger map ignores famine in South Africa
Rural murders by militia-gangs 1994 to April 27 2011 specifically targetting whites: (updated daily)
Murders of whites in rural and urban areas of South Africa:
SA Land Deed Registration Survey report to Parliament, March 2011:
Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa, objections to proposed Land Tenure Tenancy Bill:
239-million Sub-Saharan people suffer severe hunger:
SA agriculture collapses, famine spreads:
Largest migration of hungry, empoverished people in Southern Africa in its entire history: warning”