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    South Africa Expropriates First Farm

    SA Expropriates First Farm In Reform Drive

    Mail & Guardian (Capetown), Feb. 13, 2007

    South Africa has expropriated its first farm in a land-reform drive aimed at returning land taken from the African majority under apartheid, officials said on Tuesday.

    This marks a new phase in the contentious issue in the country, which has faced growing pressure to erase the racially skewed land ownership created by colonial and apartheid laws that denied property rights to most Africans.

    At the end of apartheid, most of South Africa’s farmland was still in the hands of a tiny white elite. But until now, the government has been slow to correct that balance, careful not to rattle investor nerves given the chaos that accompanied a similar process in neighbouring Zimbabwe.

    The expropriation took effect on January 26, the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights said in a statement.

    “The farm was expropriated for the purposes of restoring the property to the claimants as restitution of their land rights in terms of section two of the Restitution Act,” it said.

    The farm in the Northern Cape province had belonged to the South African Evangelical Lutheran Church, which has been ordered to sell it for R35,5-million, the commission said. The land was claimed by a local group, including workers on the farm.

    Orderly redistribution

    The African National Congress (ANC) government wants to see 30% of land that was in white hands at the demise of apartheid transferred to African ownership by 2015. It wants to achieve this through the return of property to individuals and communities whose land was confiscated under racial laws, and by buying farms from white owners willing to sell.

    For the first time, Africans also have rights to the land they are living on, even if they do not own it.

    With one eye on the chaotic and violent land transfers in Zimbabwe, which has left the country unable to feed itself, South Africa has sought an orderly redistribution. But even supporters say the reform is failing, with just 4% of white-owned land transferred so far.

    Most claims are in the northern province of Limpopo, where 70% of land is subject to some form of claim.

    Dozens of farms have already been handed over to African communities; with mixed results. While some have proved relatively successful, others are in the hands of communities with little experience of intensive farming, and businesses quickly ran into trouble.

    http://www.mg.co.za/articlePage.aspx...ews__national/
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    Re: South Africa Expropriates First Farm

    My gut feeling / impression is that the South African economy can wear this a lot better than in Zimbabwe.

    I wonder..... after the transfers have taken place, whether the ex-white owners will offer to purchase back the land from the blacks? I guess that would be perfectly legal.

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    Re: South Africa Expropriates First Farm

    Quote Originally Posted by Haldís View Post
    SA Expropriates First Farm In Reform Drive

    Mail & Guardian (Capetown), Feb. 13, 2007

    South Africa has expropriated its first farm in a land-reform drive aimed at returning land taken from the African majority under apartheid, officials said on Tuesday.

    This marks a new phase in the contentious issue in the country, which has faced growing pressure to erase the racially skewed land ownership created by colonial and apartheid laws that denied property rights to most Africans.....
    That statement is simply a lie. There are/were to different processes:
    1.) Land Claims filed by a interested party thinking they have some claim (i.e. family members burried on a farm!)
    2.) Land to be purchased (or expropriated) from present commercial farmers, so that it can be "redistributed".

    It must be noted that there were removals of Blacks during the National Parties rule. However in practice this meant that Blacks were removed from slums or deteriorated land to areas that were in a far better condition. The Native Land act limited land ownership of Blacks to areas assignated to them (remember that partition was an aim of Separate Development). The ANC has also to answer to the question why they want to take farms from successful commercial farmers, while it completely ignores the fact that their are white open spaces with land owned by the government or international companies. This begs the question: Do they have a hidden agenda of targeting a specific ethnic group?!
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    Re: South Africa Expropriates First Farm

    "With one eye on the chaotic and violent land transfers in Zimbabwe, which has left the country unable to feed itself, South Africa has sought an orderly redistribution."

    Why are White people still there?

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    Re: South Africa Expropriates First Farm

    Quote Originally Posted by OneEnglishNorman View Post
    My gut feeling / impression is that the South African economy can wear this a lot better than in Zimbabwe.
    Don't be too quick to judge. South Africa has a much greater wealth base, but the blacks are eroding it in no time, what with their affirmative action policies and idiotic handling of its economy. In fact, I hope it goes the way of Zimbabwe, to allow its corrupt government to implode completely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buzklown View Post
    Why are White people still there?
    Because it is their land. This is the land on which their ancestors lived, worked and created civilization, culture and infrastructure, where just wilderness was before they came. This was not the land of the negros, and the former Europeans didn't steal it from them. That's just a lie, the reversion of history, because where they settled no negro tribes ever lived. The blacks today want to be seen as the victims of subjugation and robbery, but none of this is true. So why should they leave this land and let everything come into the stealing hands of the negros and their goverment of injustice? They should not give it up freely, but fight.
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    Re: South Africa Expropriates First Farm

    Exactly. It's not their land to begin with... Nevermind the fact that leaving the country is immensely expensive. Indeed, my family lost a lot of its wealth due to emigration.

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    Re: South Africa Expropriates First Farm

    Quote Originally Posted by buzklown View Post
    "With one eye on the chaotic and violent land transfers in Zimbabwe, which has left the country unable to feed itself, South Africa has sought an orderly redistribution."

    Why are White people still there?
    For the same reason, why they are in America, Australia or Spain: Because it is their country.
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    Re: South Africa Expropriates First Farm

    I would not be surprised to see South Africa going the way of Zimbabwe. If this expropriation nonsense continues, the demand for rand-denominated assets will find itself overwhelmed by supply at current prices. If the government wants to buy land at a price determined by the free market and distribute it, that is between it and the taxpayers and may in fact be a good idea if it can lead to sustainable and equitable economic development and reduction of unemployment. Barring that, this reeks of nationalization and populism: consequences of democracy in its worst and most destructive form.

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    Re: South Africa Expropriates First Farm

    This is such depressing news. I wish there was something we could do to help our brothers in SA.

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