… from Russia Today, Moscow
[ Editor’s Note: We have all been here before — a black leader thinks land seizures and redistribution is a magic button to be pressed and this will raise his people up, but actually the opposite happens.
You just can’t make this stuff up. Perhaps the Zimbabweans previously experimenting with this and their resulting disaster slipped by South African president Cyril Ramaphosa. He amazingly claims it will not be a land grab, nor will he allow it to hurt the economy. We await his display of magic powers.
The world civil rights organizations have been silent over this singling out one racial group to not only have its land taken away, but South African banks insisting that the property loans must still be repaid.
This is racial economic terrorism pure and simple. The UN, BRICS and the IMF are silent, which shows they approve of the action. If they did not approve, then they would let South Africa know that it could forget any international financial assistance to cushion the recession they are going into. South Africa should be sanctioned for doing this… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … September 17, 2018 –
South Africa’s agriculture plunges amid uncertainty over land seizure plans
The Agricultural Business Chamber said this week the Agbiz/IDC agribusiness confidence index has declined to the lowest in more than two years. According to the chamber, it’s the weakest since 2016, when the nation suffered from a drought that ensued after the lowest annual rainfall in at least a century.
Statistics show farm prices in South Africa have plunged by a third since December. The average price of agricultural land sold in July was 9,318 rand ($613) a hectare compared with 13,700 rand, according to economist and chairman of Agri Development Solutions, Johann Bornman.
Agriculture output shrank 29 percent in the second quarter from the previous three months, the most among all industries. The sector employs 843,000 people, almost double the number of jobs in mining.
“The root of pessimism” is lingering policy uncertainty and weak economic growth, said Wandile Sihlobo, the head of agribusiness research at the chamber.
Massive declines in the agricultural and other sectors that dragged the South African economy into recession after nearly a decade of growth come as a result of the ruling party’s planned land reforms. The African National Congress seeks a constitutional amendment which it says is needed to correct racially skewed land-ownership patterns.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has embraced the plan to expropriate land from white farmers without compensation and redistribute it to the landless black majority. He insists there won’t be a land grab, adding that any policy changes won’t be allowed to damage farming production or the economy.
“The lack of clarity regarding the land-reform policy proposal, particularly expropriation without compensation, remains a key risk that could potentially undermine investment and long-run growth prospects in the sector,” Sihlobo said.