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Die regering se grondbeleid en onsekerheid in die landbou- bedryf kan die ANC die verkiesing in 2019 kos, het Frans Cronjé, uitvoerende adjunkhoof van die Suid-Afrikaanse Instituut vir Rasverhoudinge, gesê.

“As jy die regering uit die kussings wil lig, is die kortste pad om dit te doen om hul grondbeleid te steun.

“Ons sien wat die tendens is; grond wat onteien word val uit produksie uit. Produksie val, aanvraag styg, voedselpryse styg en indien die toelaes wat aan miljoene Suid-Afrikaners uitbetaal word nie saam met inflasie styg nie, word hulle ál armer.

“Protesaksie en ongelukkigheid skiet die hoogte in en as dit aanhou, plaas dit die ANC onder genoeg druk om ’n toekomstige verkiesing te verloor.”

Cronjé het Vrydag in Muldersdrift op ’n konferensie van die ad hoc-komitee vir die beskerming van eiendomsreg gepraat.

Dr. Pieter Mulder, adjunkminister van landbou, het op dieselfde konferensie gesê onsekerheid kan daartoe lei dat Suid-Afrika se landbou inmekaartuimel.

Vyftien jaar gelede het die land 60 000 kommersiële boere gehad.

Vandag is daar slegs 37 000, het Mulder gesê.

“27 Afrika-lande het reeds amptelike versoeke gerig om Suid-Afrikaanse landbouers te kry om daar te boer. Tans is daar reeds meer Suid-Afrikaanse kommersiële landbouers in Afrika as in die Limpopo-provinsie.”

Hy het gesê sowat 1 000 Suid-Afrikaners boer in Mosambiek, 400 in Zambië, 360 in Botswana, 60 in die Demokratiese Republiek van die Kongo (DRK) en 40 in Nigerië.

“Vanjaar is die eerste jaar wat Zambië nie mielies uit Suid-Afrika invoer nie, maar hul eie mielies uitvoer. Suid-Afrikaners wat in ander lande boer, is goed vir die ontwikkeling van Suider-Afrika, maar daar kom ’n punt waar dit so erg word dat jou eie landbou inmekaar kan stort.”

Portugal het ook onlangs by Agri SA kom aanklop om hulp en ’n afvaardiging van Agri SA sal Portugal binnekort besoek om die boerdery-moontlikheid vir Suid-Afrikaners te ondersoek.

Mulder het gesê onsekerheid moet dringend uit die weg geruim word om Suid-Afrika se landbou te beskerm. “Ondubbelsinnige regeringsuitsprake en -besluite is hiervoor nodig. Daarmee kan verhoed word dat die SA landbou in duie stort en te veel landboukundigheid Suid-Afrika verlaat.”

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Die regering se grondbeleid en onsekerheid in die landbou- bedryf kan die ANC die verkiesing in 2019 kos, het Frans Cronjé, uitvoerende adjunkhoof van die Suid-Afrikaanse Instituut vir Rasverhoudinge, gesê.

“As jy die regering uit die kussings wil lig, is die kortste pad om dit te doen om hul grondbeleid te steun.

“Ons sien wat die tendens is; grond wat onteien word val uit produksie uit. Produksie val, aanvraag styg, voedselpryse styg en indien die toelaes wat aan miljoene Suid-Afrikaners uitbetaal word nie saam met inflasie styg nie, word hulle ál armer.

“Protesaksie en ongelukkigheid skiet die hoogte in en as dit aanhou, plaas dit die ANC onder genoeg druk om ’n toekomstige verkiesing te verloor.”

Cronjé het Vrydag in Muldersdrift op ’n konferensie van die ad hoc-komitee vir die beskerming van eiendomsreg gepraat.

Dr. Pieter Mulder, adjunkminister van landbou, het op dieselfde konferensie gesê onsekerheid kan daartoe lei dat Suid-Afrika se landbou inmekaartuimel.

Vyftien jaar gelede het die land 60 000 kommersiële boere gehad.

Vandag is daar slegs 37 000, het Mulder gesê.

“27 Afrika-lande het reeds amptelike versoeke gerig om Suid-Afrikaanse landbouers te kry om daar te boer. Tans is daar reeds meer Suid-Afrikaanse kommersiële landbouers in Afrika as in die Limpopo-provinsie.”

Hy het gesê sowat 1 000 Suid-Afrikaners boer in Mosambiek, 400 in Zambië, 360 in Botswana, 60 in die Demokratiese Republiek van die Kongo (DRK) en 40 in Nigerië.

“Vanjaar is die eerste jaar wat Zambië nie mielies uit Suid-Afrika invoer nie, maar hul eie mielies uitvoer. Suid-Afrikaners wat in ander lande boer, is goed vir die ontwikkeling van Suider-Afrika, maar daar kom ’n punt waar dit so erg word dat jou eie landbou inmekaar kan stort.”

Portugal het ook onlangs by Agri SA kom aanklop om hulp en ’n afvaardiging van Agri SA sal Portugal binnekort besoek om die boerdery-moontlikheid vir Suid-Afrikaners te ondersoek.

Mulder het gesê onsekerheid moet dringend uit die weg geruim word om Suid-Afrika se landbou te beskerm. “Ondubbelsinnige regeringsuitsprake en -besluite is hiervoor nodig. Daarmee kan verhoed word dat die SA landbou in duie stort en te veel landboukundigheid Suid-Afrika verlaat.”

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‘n Ierse mediamaatskappy het sy koerantgroep in Suid-Afrika, wat The Star insluit, vir $ 227 miljoen (sowat R2 miljard) aan ‘n plaaslike maatskappy verkoop.

In ‘n verklaring wat Sondagaand uitgereik is, het Independent News & Media PLC, wat in Dublin gebaseer is, gesê hy het sy Suid-Afrikaanse groep aan Sekunjalo Holdings verkoop.

Iqbal Surve is die uitvoerende voorsitter van Sekunjalo Holdings.

Independent News & Media se Suid-Afrikaanse portefeulje sluit in The Star, wat in Johannesburg gebaseer is en tans ‘n daaglikse sirkulasie van 105 000 kopieë het. Dit sluit ook in The Pretoria News, Cape Times en die Cape Argus, sowel as weeklikse koerante.

Die koerantgroep is glo verkoop omdat sirkulasiesyfers in Suid-Afrika afneem.

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Ierse maatskappy verkoop SA-koerantgroep


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Finally someone realizes the truth: :Agri SA president Johannes Moller considers the Western Cape unrest to be ‘politically motivated’.

Johannes Möller said the Congress of South African Trade Union was just trying to shift the blame by accusing the union of impeding negotiations.

“Personally, I see the strike as politically motivated. There have been no farmworker strikes outside the Western Cape that I know about,” he said.

“It is odd, because we agree that the minimum wage is quite low, and should be increased,” Möller added.

Talk of sanctions being called for against South African fruit was bizarre, as he said farming was already facing a financial and labour crisis.

Möller pointed out that some farmers were investigating turning to nut farming – as this operation was easier to mechanise – or switching to cattle farming, which requires reduced labour.

Bagraim: ‘What is going down is politics’

“I think what is going down is politics. It is not actually the conditions and earnings on the farms. Many farmers are close to a settlement with their workers and 95% of grape farmers have already signed wage agreements,” said Michael Bagraim, a labour analyst for the Cape Town Chamber of Commerce who is representing 20 farmers in the province.

“Most of them are paying R100 to R150 to even R200 a day. Everyone agrees that the current minimum wage is not acceptable.”

Bagraim has been assisting farmers with wage agreements and negotiating terms of employment, housing and benefits for them.

Some farmers were talking about turning to farming ventures that will allow mechanism or lower staffing levels, he said, while others were considering moves to other countries in Africa with more favourable agricultural and labour conditions.

And Bagraim said not all his clients want to continue farming, as it is currently not a profitable business.

So violent was the farmworkers’ strike – that began in November last year and continued into December – that one farmer is taking the insurance money he got paid out after his farm was burnt and vandalised, and quitting farming.

‘Wrong politics in the Western Cape’

Two of his clients are emerging black farmers, who cannot afford to hire security companies to protect them during strikes. They also cannot afford to pay the farm workers the R150 a day they are demanding, which is more than double the government’s prescribed minimum wage.

Although Bagraim said he was not entirely sure why the farmworker strikes should be mostly Western Cape-based, he said there were factors that could be at play. “One factor is that there could be ‘wrong politics’ here in the Western Cape, with the Democratic Alliance in charge and not the African National Congress,” he said.

While the government is set to adjust the minimum daily wage for farmworkers of R69.39 from April 1, farmworker Deneco Dube – who works on a fruit farm in Robertson – told the Mail & Guardian the workers could not wait any longer for improvements to their impoverished…

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[Source: South Africa News]

Finally someone realizes the truth: :Agri SA president Johannes Moller considers the Western Cape unrest to be ‘politically motivated’.

Johannes Möller said the Congress of South African Trade Union was just trying to shift the blame by accusing the union of impeding negotiations.

“Personally, I see the strike as politically motivated. There have been no farmworker strikes outside the Western Cape that I know about,” he said.

“It is odd, because we agree that the minimum wage is quite low, and should be increased,” Möller added.

Talk of sanctions being called for against South African fruit was bizarre, as he said farming was already facing a financial and labour crisis.

Möller pointed out that some farmers were investigating turning to nut farming – as this operation was easier to mechanise – or switching to cattle farming, which requires reduced labour.

Bagraim: ‘What is going down is politics’

“I think what is going down is politics. It is not actually the conditions and earnings on the farms. Many farmers are close to a settlement with their workers and 95% of grape farmers have already signed wage agreements,” said Michael Bagraim, a labour analyst for the Cape Town Chamber of Commerce who is representing 20 farmers in the province.

“Most of them are paying R100 to R150 to even R200 a day. Everyone agrees that the current minimum wage is not acceptable.”

Bagraim has been assisting farmers with wage agreements and negotiating terms of employment, housing and benefits for them.

Some farmers were talking about turning to farming ventures that will allow mechanism or lower staffing levels, he said, while others were considering moves to other countries in Africa with more favourable agricultural and labour conditions.

And Bagraim said not all his clients want to continue farming, as it is currently not a profitable business.

So violent was the farmworkers’ strike – that began in November last year and continued into December – that one farmer is taking the insurance money he got paid out after his farm was burnt and vandalised, and quitting farming.

‘Wrong politics in the Western Cape’

Two of his clients are emerging black farmers, who cannot afford to hire security companies to protect them during strikes. They also cannot afford to pay the farm workers the R150 a day they are demanding, which is more than double the government’s prescribed minimum wage.

Although Bagraim said he was not entirely sure why the farmworker strikes should be mostly Western Cape-based, he said there were factors that could be at play. “One factor is that there could be ‘wrong politics’ here in the Western Cape, with the Democratic Alliance in charge and not the African National Congress,” he said.

While the government is set to adjust the minimum daily wage for farmworkers of R69.39 from April 1, farmworker Deneco Dube – who works on a fruit farm in Robertson – told the Mail & Guardian the workers could not wait any longer for improvements to their impoverished…

Read More…
[Source: South Africa News]

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