Today we take a look at the lie that is reality of land redistribution. Here's one real life experience...Remember the once magnificent and highly successful Lipton Tea Plantation near Tzaneen area of the Limpopo Province?
HISTORY - summary of the plantation's grand past.
The plantation was operated by international tea maker Lipton since the 1960's, but the company left in 2006 when the land was returned to the people, through the Mamphoku Makgoba Community Trust, as part of South Africa’s "land redistribution program".Lipton had been supported in its efforts by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), a state-owned finance institution that was set up in the 1940s to encourage industry development and promote economic growth.Although the plan was to yield monetary value, the Sapekoe Tea Estate project was supposed to see a majority of the people in the community – which has a high unemployment and illiteracy rate – secure jobs, with profits from the business going towards the trust. The IDC was also at the time involved in the Sapekoe community project.The estate’s revamp was spearheaded by the Greater Tzaneen Economic Development Agency (GTEDA), which is (was) owned by the Greater Tzaneen Municipality and was established in 2007 with a focus on development work and job creation in the area.With the initial funding of R15-million (US$1.7-million) at the time, from the Limpopo Department of Agriculture, explained Gteda CEO Kwena Maphoto, “we started with the pruning of the trees and are now rehabilitating them.
”THERE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A TEA POT FULL OF DREAMS AND OPPORTUNITIES but....
Agriculture was a key economic driver for the Tzaneen region, and thus had the most potential for job creation.The 1 000-hectare Sapekoe property consisted of the Middelkop and Grenshoek tea estates. In addition to funding from the provincial government, the project also received an additional R9-million ($1-million) through the Limpopo Agri-business Development Corporation in 2012 to improve the condition of the existing tea trees.Maphoto said the company, once in operation, had a number of possible offshoots that include producing organic tea and iced tea, as well as the processing and packaging of various brands of tea.
“There was also the possibility of tea garden tourism, and the diversification of the estate into forestry and avocado production.
A FEASIBLE VENTURE. Well that was the general idea if only the plan had worked.
TODAY... More than 2,000 workers have lost their jobs in the South African “land reform” project — which seizes white farms and hands them over to Africans — as one of the country’s largest tea plantations, formerly run by Lipton Teas International, has totally collapsed into weeds after less than ten years in black hands:This is not the first such “land restitution” program to have collapsed under the ANC’s rule. As pointed out in the book “The Great South African Land Scandal,” African rule has been disastrous for agriculture in South Africa: in 2007, thirteen years after adopting black rule, South Africa became a net food importer for the first time since its founding in 1652.
LAND REFORM AND LAND REDISTRIBUTION IN SOUTH AFRICA IS A LIE.
*NOTE FROM ADMIN* We struggled to find a suitable link for this back story of much significance to so-called "Land Re-form and Redistribution in South Africa. We can only hope the link opens for our viewers. Admin recommends to conduct the research on historic land reform and land redistribution in South Africa. for interest and additional information.
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