85.5% of all ‘black SA land claimants’ merely remain poor tenants on State-owned land who cannot use the land they live on as collateral with banks, warns Democratic Alliance opposition party… quoting government report.
“Only 14.4% of black land claimaints on State’s confiscated 322,844,9931 hectares of land actually received ownership rights
29 September 2011 says Democratic Alliance MP Lindiwe Mazibuko. She warns that ‘the vast majority of the black beneficiaries of the ‘land redistribution’ scheme’ are merely tenants on state-owned land Mazibuko: “The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform’s 2010/11 annual report has revealed that 85.6% of land purchased from land-owners for the purposes of land reform has been transferred to land claimants under leasehold, while only 14.4% of claimants have been awarded full ownership rights.
According to the annual report, a total of 322,844.9931 hectares of land was transferred to beneficiaries in the 2010/11 financial year.
Tenants on State-owned land cannot use it as collateral to borrow with banks to improve their land-parcels, Mazibuko points out:
“The majority of the confiscated land- some 276,396,683.9hectares in total since 1995: was registered in the name of the State: and only 46,448.303.8hectares were returned to land claimants with full ownership.
“This discrepancy highlights the government’s skewed approach to land reform. Instead of land claimants being granted full ownership of their land, which would allow them to borrow against their assets in order to implement changes to their businesses in the case of commercial operations, or simply to upgrade their property if it is residential, the vast majority of claimants are merely tenants on state-owned land.
“Not only does this prevent the land from being used as loan collateral, but it acts as a disincentive for claimants to invest in the land’s productive capacity.
Without the freedom and stability to invest in their properties, claimants are consigned to the status of tenants, and have no incentive to make improvements to the land they have acquired since they bear neither the risk nor the reward associated with running a successful business.
“Why would claimants devote time and resources to investing in land that is not theirs?
“This effectively means that the true spirit of the purpose of land reform – the returning of land rights denied during apartheid and the colonial era to black claimants with full ownership rights – is not being adhered to.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) will soon be making its submission on the Land Reform Green Paper. The Department has today indicated that the deadline for submissions is 31 October. Central to this will be the proposal that the Proactive Land Acquisition Strategy (PLAS), which facilitates the transferring of land to claimants under leasehold, be scrapped. It is essential that all land is transferred with full ownership rights, together with the requisite skills training and financial support, to ensure that land reform is a success.
Statement issued by Lindiwe Mazibuko MP, DA Shadow Minister of Land Reform and Rural Development, September 29 2011
8,000 EMPLOYEES OF THE DEPT OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND LAND REFORM GET MILITARY TRAINING THROUGH ITS NARYSEC RURAL POLICING AND CENSUS- PROGRAMME
This report also describes that this department now is giving military training to 8,000 recruits for ‘Narysec’ – (in practice all the recruits are drawn from the membership of the ANC youth league) — with the following stated purpose:
“The department’s lead project, the National Rural Youth Service Corps (NARYSEC) is at the heart of the Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP).
“We cannot have a successful rural development strategy which leaves the youth behind. We are all aware of the high level of youth unemployment, particularly of rural youth.
The NARYSEC aims to recruit black youths from every rural municipal ward. So far almost 8,000 youths are undergoing training.
The youths are provided with skills related to the needs of their rural communities, identified through community and household profiling.
“The NARYSEC youths are also involved in the household profiling as part of their training.
“Current priorities are construction skills, disaster management and records management. Half (50%) of the recruits from each ward must be female, whilst 25% must be persons living with disabilities.’
The ANC’s so-called land-reform programme clearly is a total shambles which produces disasters like this:
“I once had a farm in South Africa: but it was destroyed by the black-racist African National Congress-government”
The ANC government’s shocking neglect of the more than 65,000 commercial farms it has already confiscated since 1994 can best be illustrated with ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures.
Even more ominous is the fact that the regime has lodged yet another new Bill to confiscate even more land, ‘ in the public interest’.
Eyewitness accounts, Oct 2011
Pieter Oosthuizen commented on Oct 6 2011 that his sister drove last weekend from Jan Kempdorp to Johannesburg – and that along the entire 400km distance, there only were three farms still planted with food-crops. “It used to be one continuous display of productive farms the entire distance. Now, most of the land has been torched and covered in weeds“.
Stephanie Vouros “driving to Witbank on Oct 5 2011, one could only discern barren earth. Outside Ogies there used to be lush farm-lands, now it’s just barren soil as far as the eye can see. Almost as if all the farmers decided to stop planting altogether, or they have been murdered. The farm-houses have broken-out windows and there’s no livestock – and right up to Middelburg it was the same dismal scenery. We are facing a massive famine“.
This lush, well-maintained and highly productive sugar/citrus/banana farm outside Komatiepoort was taken over in perfect conditon by the ANC-regime in April 2007 – and below is what it looks like in October 2011
This farm right next to the Ngwenya Lodge in Komatiepoort was sold to the SA government 3 years ago – and this is what it looked like in the first week of October 2011. An aerial picture taken from a helicopter also shows that the entire homestead ‘s roof has disappeared: just the empty shell of a once flourishing homestead remains. What is happening to South African food-supplies and commodity prices if all 85,000 commercial farms are destroyed? The ANC regime by the end of 2010 had already confiscated 65,000 once very productive farms just like these…and still want more of them. But to what end?
ANC-regime lodges new Bill for land-confiscation ‘in the public interest”: the ethnic-cleansing of white land-owners continues
Source – Beeld – Nuwe wet kom om te onteien
LIMPOPO Letsitele Valley
Local farmers urge reinstatement of the self-defence rural commando system after there were another five farm-murders in their region in February. The latest two farmers to be murdered in South Africa are Belgian farmer Etienne Cannaerts (61), kidnapped and found with his throat slashed near Ellisras/Lephalale on Friday. A day later farm manager Paul Dunn (49), of Constantia Citrus Products in the Letsitele valley outside Tzaneen was shot dead during a fierce gunfight with three attackers inside his homestead. A total of five people were murdered on Limpopo farms in February said Dr. Theo de Jager, vice-president of Agri SA. “People are angry. Many farmers phone me, demanding for the reinstatement of the (citizen-volunteer) commando system.”
The Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa wants the SAPS to acknowledge the legality of their volunteer farm-watch system ‘s use of green flashing lights on their patrol vehicles. “The police insist that green patrol lights are ‘illegal’ and have clashed with TAU-SA several times about their use’, said TAU-SA in a statement issued after the latest farm murders in Limpopo.
Local farmer Japie Ellis of the Lephalale area told Beeld newspaper that Belgian-born farmer Etienne Cannaerts probably was attacked and kidnapped after he had opened his farm gate upon his return from offloading his workers on Friday. “The attackers drove Cannaerts in his own vehicle to a water-pan on the farm, his hands and feet were tied up and his throat was then cut. “His body was found that night on a remote farm road,’ said Ellis. Police superintendent Ronel Otto confirmed that nothing was robbed.
A family friend of the Cannaerts couple Mr Marco Ruiter said the murder was ‘gruesome. “Cannaerts and his wife Ingrid lived on the farm for the past six years. They do not have South African citizenship. We do not want to talk about it. Mr Cannaerts’ body is being shipped to Belgium for a post-mortem examination and he will be buried there,’ said Ruiter.
And Dries Enslin, chairman of Agri-Letaba, said that farm manager Paul Dunn, left, died in the ensuing gunfight after he more than likely was alerted to three attackers breaking into his homestead again – and in the firefight Dunn injured one attacker before he was shot dead. The farm manager was shot in the chest, neck, right arm and back. Superintendent Otto said ‘various household goods were stolen’. The injured attacker was traced by his blood trail followed by local farmers who also used a private helicopter to locate the injured gunman. He’s now under police guard at a local hospital.
Enslin said that in this region alone a total of twelve crime-incidents occurred in the past ten days on Letsitele farms. said Doors Le Roux chairman of TAU-SA in the district. They have asked for an urgent meeting with the local ANC-MEC in charge of security for Limpopo province and police commissioner cdr. Calvin Sengani to ‘discuss the issue’. The Letsitele-area farmers participate in the sector-policing programme of the SAPS and have a ‘good relationship’ with the local police – but that much more obviously needs to be done. As it happens Agri-SA is holding a crime-conference in Centurion on Monday in which the lack of security on farms countrywide will also be ‘discussed’ with Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.
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