How do white SA farmers survive?

A South African farmer named Hendri has been making brief video clips on his farm to explain his daily life–  and how he deals with the senselessly violent attacks which white farmers have to deal with on a daily basis.

As these clips show, security is upmost in this farmer’s mind. He’s alert, aware, listens to every unusual noise, stays in touch with and is a very active member of the local farm-security unit.

Indeed: there’s no other country in the world where farmers have to work under such strenuous and dangerous circumstances.

The murder rate for SA farmers is 313 per 100 000 per year according to a statement in July 2007 by Freedom Front spokesman Pieter Groenewald  – about eight times higher than the reported national average murder rate. South African farmers are actually working under the most dangerous conditions in the world. How do they cope? Hendri explains:

Farm attacks in SA are also 7 times higher than any other country in the world. Since 1994 considerably more than 3100 farmers were killed. White Afrikans-speaking people are in most cases the victims – there is, however, a misperception that whites are the only victims: but many farm workers also get killed in these attacks.

From the now far less than 35,000 commercial farms operating in South Africa, the latest available statistic up to April 2011 was that 3,158 farmers have been murdered since 2004.

Commercial farming in South African contributes 2.6% of our total GDP (R113.4 billion) and employees around 10% of the total work force in South Africa of 1.76 Million people). Our farms produce the food we eat and contribute a large part of our global exports.

About Adriana Stuijt
Retired South African-Dutch journalist formerly Sunday Times Johannesburg

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