Daniel Halliday
Dec 17 · Last update 2 mo. ago.
Is South African Land Reform policy failing?
South Africa’s Land Reform policy intends to redistribute land in order to reduce inequality and empower poor black farm workers. However the policy is causing concern both in South Africa and abroad with some going as far as claiming a white genocide is now being carried out across South Africa. Is the land reclamation policy in South Africa working or causing the re-ignition of racial tensions in South Africa?
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An economic failing, set to be made worse
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Failure of the education system
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The racist history of SA needs to be reversed
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Fuelling racial tensions
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The policy needs to go further but is lacking something vital
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An economic failing, set to be made worse

You cannot give small farmers big farms and expect them to thrive without support; they need to be given the land and the means of utilising the land otherwise the wider agricultural economy will fail. Likewise policies like this threaten to undermine the real estate market and deter real estate investment, as people will be reluctant to buy property if there are laws promoting the seizing land without compensation. The land reform policy is part of the corruption, and failed economic and education system of Jacob Zuma’s government, thought to have cost South Africa 4 billion USD. The country needs education schemes before a redistribution of wealth or land, and if land redistribution continues it needs to come with the wealth needed to invest in running a farm, not just the farm itself. businesslive.co.za/rdm/politics/2018-07-23-special-report-the-truth-about-land-ownership-in-south-africa

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Failure of the education system

This issue runs far deeper than the issues of undoing colonialism, racism, or land expropriation without compensation. This failing land reform policy is clearly demonstrating a corrupt government’s failing education strategy and the related failure to deal with the lack of social mobility in South African society. A study conducted by Stellenbosch University found that binding constraints, weak functionality, unknowledgeable teachers, ineffective unions and insufficient learning time are taking their toll on the South African school system. This has left a wide spread problem of social mobility in the country, and clearly indicating that even if land is reclaimed and redistributed, average citizens do not have the knowledge or means to even acquire the knowledge to utilise the land effectively. city-press.news24.com/News/education-in-south-africa-a-system-in-crisis-20160531

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The racist history of SA needs to be reversed

The situation around land reform in South Africa is a throwback to apartheid, a racist policy that not only needs to have been revised; it needs to have been completely reversed for justice to be achieved. Land needs to go back to the indigenous people from whom it was originally taken, otherwise the memory and legacy of apartheid, and all the racist colonial policies that came before it, will live on in South Africa and continue to divide society along racial lines. The issue of compensation is also not something that even needs addressing; 3000 white farmers having been killed since apartheid ended, but 50 black people are murdered everyday in SA, a situation that is too toxic to award compensation to those who maintain disparity. qz.com/africa/1350164/south-africas-land-expropriation-without-compensation-not-enough

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Fuelling racial tensions

The pendulum has begun to swing to the opposite extreme of apartheid, and there is a growing amount of racist political rhetoric used to cover up this and other corrupt practices in South Africa. The black middle class of South Africa, and indeed most South Africans, are against this policy as it goes against business investment norms and it is fighting a historical wrong by reversing it and expecting a different result. It is just the narrative of corrupt politicians using issues such land ownership to stay in power and distract from their own misconduct, but it is fuelling a fire of racial tensions and has led to a pattern of killings that some are referring to as a ‘white genocide’.

timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-09-26-survey-shows-most-voters-are-against-land-expropriation-without-compensation

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The policy needs to go further but is lacking something vital

These land reforms are a step in the right direction for a country that has a history of apartheid and huge levels of ongoing racial disparity. However the government have found that around 90% of redistributed land is not being used productively, with the new owners tending to engage in subsistence farming. To avert a failing agriculture economy, the land reforms need to go further and education needs to be included in a land for compensation deal, this would be fair for all and lead to greater success for both sides, as can be seen in the case of Paul Doubell’s farm.

youtu.be/ygWRJ2Ht1kU?t=1003

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