EFF: Govt failed to redistribute land

2013-06-19 12:02

Johannesburg - Government has failed to redistribute land to previously disadvantaged groups, the so-called Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said on Wednesday.

"[The] government of South Africa has failed to use almost 20 years of democratic dispensation to address and redress the land question," said spokesperson Floyd Shivambu.

"Our people remain in squatter camps, informal settlements, and non-arable rural communities with no forms of subsistence because they do not have access to land."

Wednesday marked 100 years since the promulgation of the Natives Land Act of 1913 which dispossessed indigenous Africans of land.

Food economy

Shivambu said government had to pay particular attention to the country's food economy.

"Food production, packaging, transportation, marketing, advertising, retail, and trade should constitute one of South Africa’s biggest economic sectors," Shivambu said.
South Africa needed to provide subsidies for small-scale farmers and open packaging and retail opportunities.

"The crisis faced by small-scale black chicken farmers in South Africa leads to a situation wherein they only contribute less than 30 million chickens of the one billion produced in South Africa annually."

Shivambu said government should develop structural support mechanisms for small-scale chicken farmers to enter the formal retail market.

'Save' South Africa

Furthermore, government should legislate that all food bought for hospitals, schools, and prisons be sourced from small food producers.

With interventions in the agricultural sector, South Africa could develop a food economy exceeding that of its Brics grouping partner, Brazil.

"This will add to [the] creation of sustainable jobs, not the kind of short-term jobs created through infrastructure development."

The food economy would "save" South Africa's social ills because it was not heavily affected by changes in global markets, as food demand was "essential and constant".

  • Mokgethoa Molelemane - 2013-06-19 12:13

    The so-called?

      Mbongeni Masilela - 2013-06-19 12:42

      That is true Shivambu

      Eterni80 - 2013-06-19 14:12

      so on the one side you have the ANC trying to buy votes by offering free everything, then the EFF on the other promising free land - neither party actually wants to do any work, and actually improve the lives of the people, they'd rather bleed SA dry and turn her into the sequel to Zimbabwe PLEASE VOTE IN 2014 !!

      Maartins Siphiso - 2013-06-26 07:17

      The EFF is a gang of hooligans, not a political party.

  • Mc Apple - 2013-06-19 12:14

    Comedy hour?

      Kortbroek Du Plessis - 2013-06-19 14:53

      Yip stock up with the popcorn and diapers for closer to election time!

  • Eddie Simes - 2013-06-19 12:14

    As a previous article commenter called them, the Everything For Free party. They are CLUELESS...

      Ronny Makgaola Selota - 2013-06-19 13:45

      your reasoning is clueless, pick one point from the article and substanciate your argument. Unless if r empty minded.

      Ronny Makgaola Selota - 2013-06-19 13:45

      your reasoning is clueless, pick one point from the article and substanciate your argument. Unless if r empty minded.

  • Kholofelo Pila - 2013-06-19 12:15

    O Kay?? put your cards on the table for potential voters to evaluate, instead on forever criticizing what the government is doing. What are you planning to do about all of these? Same goes for the so called Agang SA, launch the flippin' party and tell us your offering. we are losing interest already because you don't seem serious. Are these suppose to be political parties or forums to generate dialogues?

  • Lesley Diane Greyling - 2013-06-19 12:16

    I am in favour of support for small scale farmers. for all small scale businesses. And you are right about the lack of access to arable land. I do a lot of work in informal communities, though, and many living there have no idea how to utilise arable land. We need to bring this into our education system. We also need to realise that historically and ethnically many groups in SA were NEVER successful at large scale agriculture, so lets utilise the people who ARE, and not turn them off profitable lands / murder them/ marginalise them. We need them or we will become a country that relies on others for food. let them show others how to do it, and let us increase smaller scale subsistence farming to eliminate hunger. Teach people to plant food not flowers. Help schools start vegetable gardens to feed pupils. And please do remember, many of the people i work with in local informal settlements and rural villages have two homes. the one in the squatter camp near work, and the one "back home" in their homelands. Many who live in squatter camps do so for work only, and have no desire to farm near these informal homes, do not even consider them homes, their home IS "back home"~! At least this is what they tell me when i interact with them.

      Mike Swart - 2013-06-19 12:31

      The world doesn't work that way. May I then also get my small farm? I need to eat too.

      Marc Ross - 2013-06-19 12:44

      Lesley: WELL SAID

  • John Fourie - 2013-06-19 12:26

    So this is what this is about: He wants his farm back.

  • Jimmy Don - 2013-06-19 12:33

    Wow another genius in the making!

  • Payricia Bull - 2013-06-19 12:37

    Don't forget your court appearance tomorrow ! ............ (Don't worry though cos prisoners can vote now!)

  • HASANIMA - 2013-06-19 12:37

    Well I agree that infrastructure development fails to create sustainable jobs for the majority of our people.But when did you come to realize that the government has failed our people? I am not sure if you guys mean what you say in the media because you did nothing to advance that course when you were still in bed with the ruling party. You will have to do more than that to convince the masses. good luck

  • Ria Cook - 2013-06-19 12:39

    Show us a farm given to new black farmers that is now a successful enterprise Floyd, and we will give you more.

  • Al Loots - 2013-06-19 12:45

    Will small scale white farmers suffering to make ends meet also be subsidized. Or will this be done like BBBEE? Me thinks it would.

  • Al Loots - 2013-06-19 12:49

    So the people would be able to farm like ol' Juliarse did? Rangerover and all. Building R16 million houses in town.

  • Yub Yub - 2013-06-19 12:54

    Simple answer work and buy your land like normal people all over the world.

  • Jannie Ruppersberg - 2013-06-19 13:00

    EFF-Off Shivambo

  • Jan Alleman - 2013-06-19 13:06

    Be carefull what you wish for Shiva.....when you own land, you must pay tax, pay for services etc. Maybe your tjommies realized that if they take land from an paying citizen and give it to a non paying citizen, there won't be money for salaries. Job creation.....please mate, tell your tjommies to give slack on the labour laws, so that we can get rid of the trash that don't want to work. As now they get employed and for 3 months everything is good, once permanent they start with their sh&@t...strikes, demands etc. Sorry pal, you and your comraders are digging a hole so deep that this country will never see the light again. Start asking yourself :"what can I do" instead of "the goverment must" or "white people took". Yes, there is problems in goverment, yes, apartheid was wrong, yes, people are poor. But stop wanting and demanding and change your attitude towards work and the money will come

  • Asa Mng Jnr - 2013-06-19 13:07

    'i am ready to shoot and kill for president zuma' someone once said that

  • Jason Hepple - 2013-06-19 13:09

    Not a bad idea... But are the small scale farmers producing consistent enough volumes as well as quality. These are institutions that we would have to use....!? So rather get them to a high enough standard before we think of using them as prime suppliers to our public facilities. Besides, sourcing from localised farmers would surely aid in cost-cutting??

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-06-19 13:15

    Go protest outside Nkandla.

  • Annalene Nel - 2013-06-19 13:18

    There is so much potential for creating jogs in this country, for once I agree with this guy, just one example of sustainable job creation. But we have a government that has no ambition to do anything for the poor or the country, AND THAT IS THE PROBLEM..

  • Oscar Blade - 2013-06-19 14:02

    Last I checked subsistence farmers hardly contribute to the economy. So your solution is to take commercial farms away from their owners and turn them into veggie patches? Genius....

  • Al Loots - 2013-06-19 14:06

    I also want a farm. Give me a farm, subsidize everything and you will have my vote.

  • Vusumuzi Mngomezulu - 2013-06-19 14:07

    ...and now we must believe everything that you say you stand for? in all earnest you have been eating and dining with them and now that there are no reseavations for you on thier table you want to pitch your tent else where?

  • Max Sekwele - 2013-06-19 14:09

    what if we support these guys to just give the anc a wake-up call?? Just a thought?

  • Mashudu Pandelani - 2013-06-19 14:09

    people hate on any body who stand for the truth, now our goverments has been reduced to colonial cheerleaders and they cant think independently..can we all refer back to the freedom charter....and we will understand the new struggle that faces the youth of South africa....

  • Max Sekwele - 2013-06-19 14:10

    What if we support one of the other organizations, Agang, DA, EFF, etc to give the anc a wake-up call...

  • Jacques Loots - 2013-06-19 14:16

    Sense, I can hardly believe it.

  • Hamelton Ethin - 2013-06-19 14:38

    So floyd Shivambu mean that when their so-called EFF win the elections they will do better than what ANC is doing right now? They wil build mensions like the one malema waz bulding in sandton for every1 who's staying in the shack,u can only fool the fools man

  • Jan Alleman - 2013-06-19 15:33

    Africans are born to struggle, they struggle everywhere in Africa. Have struggled for centuries and will struggle in future.Those who have land of their own and those who don't.The only ones not struggling is the corrupt leaders they vote for. In S.A., the majority got what they voted for, freedom, rights, whatever they want.....but they still struggle. Now maybe even more, our money is getting worthless and food is 10 times more expensive than 10 years ago..... 20 years down the line and schools still don't get books on time, sewerage flow in the rivers, basic services not being delivered and so we can go on. What is a piece of land going to bring you? Not all Europeans / whites in S.A. own land, many rent. But do you see us moaning, sitting around and waiting for government to give us land? Change you attitude, change your vote or struggle on.

  • Mpho Cndo Moela - 2013-06-19 18:09

    ANC should step down let DA to take over because its been years rolling the ball but still it did nothing. MALEMA we are behind you no matter what(supporter of EFF)

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