South Africa: “Land Reform” Disaster

Yet another formerly prosperous farm taken over by “emerging black farmers” in South Africa has collapsed, even though it had been hailed as a “model for land reform projects” by that country’s ANC government.

The farm—taken over in 2011—has already run up millions in debt, has had its power cut off, and has had many of its fixtures stolen and sold for scrap.

According to a report by the News24 news service, the macadamia farming project that had been “hailed by government as a model for land reform projects, is on the verge of collapse.”

The 65-hectare farm was taken over in the Mpumalanga region—previously known as the Eastern Transvaal—by five “aspirant black farmers” with funding from the central government to prove that “land reform” could work.

“Land reform” is the racist anti-white term used to describe the taking over of farms previously owned and run by whites, and giving them to blacks on “historical grounds”—even though the historical facts show that most of what is today regarded as “white-owned” farming land was largely uninhabited when Europeans first arrived in the interior of the country during the early 1800s.

Now, five years after the takeover, the farm, situated in Schagen, some 20 miles from Mbombela, (the new black name for the town formerly known as Nelspruit) is collapsing, News24 said.

Of course, the “farmers” have blamed their failure to make anything of the farm on “land reform officials” whom they say have “sabotaged their project by starving it of resources and support services.”

According to the report, the Insimu Yami Cooperative, comprised of Julius Sibiya (34), Trinity Mondlane (31), Phindile Mondlane (27), Cynthia Zitha (21), and Wandile Ndlovu (25) now faces liquidation by debtors.

“The value of the farm is depreciating. The trees are dry … Workers refuse to work without pay. We signed a contract with Spar to supply them with chicken, but all of that is gone,” Mondlane told News24.

The electricity has been already switched off due to non-payment of a R2.8 million bill, and “criminals are stealing from the property piece by piece.”

The “farmers” were originally given a grant of R2.7 million under the “land distribution for agricultural development program,” which was topped with a loan of R2.65 million from a commercial bank.

Now the provincial government has offered to buy back the farm for R6.1 million, but the “farmers” are dubious.

“We were tempted to sell,” said Mondlane, the cooperative’s chairperson, but said that they “suspected” corruption in the government department.


Recommended reading: The Great South African Land Scandal. In 2007, thirteen years after adopting black rule, South Africa became a net food importer for the first time since its founding in 1652.

This book tells the story of South Africa’s “land reform” which, although proceeding at a slower pace than in Zimbabwe, is no less insidious and is leading to the same disastrous consequences.

White Afrikaner farmers are being driven from the land through a combination of murder, terrorism, and state coercion.

Almost every farm taken over by black farmers has collapsed and food production has plummeted. There are now around 30,000 white farmers left, from a high of 80,000 in 1980. When first published, pressure was exerted by the South African government to suppress this book—and the reader will soon discover why as example after example of black failure is laid out with incontrovertible factual analysis. Click here for details.