Farm attack threatens US investment

2012-08-15 08:45

Bloemfontein - An investment of millions of dollars in the Free State is at risk after an American farm manager was attacked in Ladybrand.

Volksblad reported that Alan Rogers, 61, was in a stable condition but traumatised after he was stabbed several times in an attack on him and his friend, Mandy Rynhoud.

Rogers was a director of the American agricultural company SBH Farms and had been working as a farm manager on the farm Geluk.

His brother, Dr Stephen Rogers, who was also chairperson of SBH, said on Tuesday it was “no longer possible for them to work like this”. He said their ability to make a difference was increasingly being overwhelmed by crime.

He said he was a representative of a group of American investors who had taken a chance by investing in the new South Africa.

“We invested long-term in the tourism and agricultural sector and brought millions of dollars of foreign investment as well as created a lot of work in the eastern Free State.”

But theft was occurring on a weekly basis and sometimes even more frequently. “Our lives are in danger. It is not possible to work like this.”

One of the suspects had been apprehended by police and a stolen cellphone and some cash had been retrieved.

  • henri.lombard - 2012-08-15 08:52

    slap the hand thats feeding you, africa !!!!!

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-08-15 09:25

      And what is this ANC regime doing about it ??? Declare farm attacks/murders a PRIORITY crime!!! Stop avoiding the issue ANC, confront this scourge head on!

      themba.maseko.568 - 2012-08-15 09:34

      Do not over generalize Zoolie. In the rest of Africa, there is no such crime. What we need to ask ourselves is what caused this country to be like this, and if we are doing anything today to stop this type of crime from getting worse and worse. What must we really do as the citizens of South Africa? Also what exactly do we want the government to do. Must the government put a policeman in every farm. please can everyone make a suggestion.

      JohhnyBGood - 2012-08-15 09:40

      So NOW it is an issue? When an SA farmer gets murdered, it is nothing, touch a US citizen, and all hell is loose.

      drishworth - 2012-08-15 09:40

      You are so right Zoolie............ story of Africa. But what does Africa care?... when investment dries up they just put out more begging bowls. The inability or the unwillingness of the ANC Government to effectively deal with the problem of crime is astounding - is it the nature of the beast? - 2012-08-15 10:16

      Themba is correct - the rest of Africa is not like this (excluding hotspots like Sudan etc). Out of the top 10 countries throughout the whole world that are growing their economies the fastest today, 7 are in Africa. So it is not Africa that is the problem, this is a South African phenomonon. This is a result of decades of empty promises being made to blind followers, and finger pointing by those in positions of authority and leadership. SA has passed the point of no return - it is all downhill from here on out...

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-08-15 10:36

      Themba, All the South Africa Government does is have meetings about meetings and do absolute zilch! There should be special airborne agricultural policing and farm patrols and this the private sector could do well without the interference of politicians and government. Another form of positive job creation and enhancing food security as well. Then maybe we can start exporting again and stop being net importers and thus keeping our money at home! Lets get proactive about these extremely serious matters.

      mantothieve.missingman - 2012-08-15 10:37

      @ themba.maseko.568 My suggestion is there every single farmer in this country gets trained in firearm combat and defend their own lives. That is the only solution.

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-15 10:40

      I gave you a thumbs up, Themba, because your contribution is constructive. I've no answer, except on the Government's side, please get on with the jobs you are paid to do; basic education, basic policing, housing, social welfare and the power grid, and don't meddle elsewhere. Fot the rest of us, applaud new thinking in the ruling and opposition parties and appreciate the good qualities of our neighbours

      jacques.vermaak.50 - 2012-08-15 10:42

      @themba.maseko.568 We can bring back death penalty or reinstate the sandf commandos. There is a few options. The main thing is Govt must realize the farm attacks is out of control and do something about it.

      james.eayrs - 2012-08-15 10:43

      @ Themba How long have these farm murders been happening? How long have there been an out cry for something constructive to be done? How many suggestions have been ignored? It's been many, many years now. All the suggestions are on the table. Nothing is done. What ever effective measures were in place have been suspended.

      colin.dovey - 2012-08-15 12:18

      This is how it all started in Zim, and nobody thought SA would slide down that slippery path......why should we be surprised....good lessons still being given just over the border,

      edward.patterson.923 - 2012-08-15 13:43

      @johnnybgood; I learned in english class to look at the first sentence of a paragraph as it usually was the TOPIC sentence. The article is about US investment not all hell breaking loose. It is about a group of investors who aren't from SA making an investment in SA, but not having lived with this type of crime now deciding to make their investment elsewhere. SA farm murders are reported on this site all the time, but this is really an article about SA waking up to the real problem with crime. Zuma thinks it's not a problem, but when the destination of millions of tourists, who bring billions of Rand to SA, changes and they no longer go to SA then maybe Mr. Zuma will declare that crime is a major problem. @themba. Maybe Zoolie does generalize a little, but read this and tell me how much he generalizes Africa does seem to have wars that never end where the death toll is stagering to civilized nations around the world but the numbers of dead, dying, and those in refuge camps seems acceptable to Africa

  • avaneyk - 2012-08-15 08:53

    Bring your gun and razor wire along if you want to settle in SA.

  • kobus.erasmus - 2012-08-15 08:53

    Another great advertisment for South Africa ....well done JZ

      mlucejko - 2012-08-15 09:42

      We must 'tell the world' what is happening here with all our poor farmers !! Maybe then this useless Government will do something !!

  • daniel.v.wyk - 2012-08-15 08:55

    FINALLY! Let's see if the ANC reacts to this!!!!

      eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-08-15 09:15

      It will probalby be just another CRIME statistic and nothing else, so no reaction needed as far as the anc is concerned as farmers do not need "special" treatment where safety is concerned. Does'nt matter if all the farmers irrespective of race are being killed. Make sno difference.

      jacques.smit - 2012-08-15 09:40

      LOL, like they care.. It doesnt affect their pockets directly, just the people they keep un-educated to keep them voting for them.. Keep the dumb dumb, and they will follow you blindly.

  • Matthew - 2012-08-15 08:57

    Great.well done ANC,well done for doing buggerall to stop the farm killings and crime. Now look at what has happened...American investors,that have brought millions of DOLLARS and created work,are now probibly going to go home and take their money with them. Because you couldnt get off your lazy ass's to stop the farm "crimes" or be bothered. typical

      JohhnyBGood - 2012-08-15 09:42

      This is what they want. Now there is a 'nice' farm for the taking. Put 7 goats and 9 chickens on the farm, and you can feed a family of 3. Awesome

  • helen.lange.58 - 2012-08-15 08:58

    So he was hacked with a panga and stabbed for a cellphone and a few bucks. What is happening to our beautiful country?

      mark.higgens.9 - 2012-08-15 09:17

      The same thing that has been happening for the last 18 years

  • justin.pretorius - 2012-08-15 08:59

    Invest elsewhere. Farming is the most dangerous thing you can do and I hope the Americans see what is happening here

      Armand - 2012-08-15 14:44

      What is happening is after all one of America's creations isn't it? The wonderful new Rainbow nation??

  • vlarismam - 2012-08-15 09:00

    Perhaps NOW farm attacks will be recognised as the scourge it is and something will be done to help farmers!

  • greg.quinn.353 - 2012-08-15 09:01

    This is why this country is failing. People are investing to make it a better place, yet they get repaid with violence and a knife in the back.

  • marais.adriaan - 2012-08-15 09:01

    I hope this opens the eyes of the world to the nightmare this country has become...

  • andres.dewet - 2012-08-15 09:02

    The government may only act if it begins to affect their pockets: i.e. reduced tax-revenue & investment. Maybe finally the power-that-be will realise that farm attacks (whether a sinister plot or just plain crime) is nonetheless, at epidemic levels and a special task-force must be formed under SAPS. It undermines food-security, threatens farm-workers employment and most of all, destroys lives.

      andres.dewet - 2012-08-15 09:16

      A thumbs down to wanting to halt violent crime against anyone? Wow, this country is in trouble if some of our citizens are that barbaric!

  • chris.gill.9849 - 2012-08-15 09:05

    Well done government. Your continued denial of farm attacks being a crisis is now going to cost the economy millions of dollars and result in massive job losses for the poorest of the poor.

      denis.dendrinos - 2012-08-15 10:08

      and the unions won't say a word about it.......

  • leeyakath.abbubaker - 2012-08-15 09:05

    why why why? cant people realise that they investing in those farms for the peoples OWN benefit...cmon

      andres.dewet - 2012-08-15 09:13

      Yes, because employing other people working investments helps nobody. Paying taxes in South Africa helps no-one. Contributing to SA's food production helps nobody. How naive and downright inhuman of you to dismiss crime in such a heartless manner and be so blind to economic benefits of investment. People like you do not deserve to reap the economic benefits of FDI. Sad! That mentality will drag SA to North Korean levels of economic-thinking: starvation, totalitarianism and isolationism.

      sheralee.jones - 2012-08-15 12:49

      Nobody goes into business NOT to make money - that would defeat the object. However, by investing they are creating jobs and that is the benefit to the people and the country. So, when you go to work i.e. by investing your own time, energy and resources in going to work - I bet there is no benefit for you there either.... I agree that people and business need to help build South Africa into a better nation without crime or poverty but I doubt this attack was because of the reason you've stated. It was just a criminal act for a measly cell phone and some cash. Who did the crime benefit? I bet one outweights the other, don't you think....

  • osmaseko - 2012-08-15 09:07

    Crime is everywhere

      sekalf.nroc - 2012-08-15 09:48

      and you are dumb!

      jed.vonallemann - 2012-08-15 10:39

      True, but everywhere can afford to lose investment, were is in South Africa we can't.

  • lsfreak - 2012-08-15 09:08

    Hmmm.... Wonder if this is just a start.... :/

  • tandi.freeman - 2012-08-15 09:08

    This is so unnecessary and sad!

  • Gavin - 2012-08-15 09:11

    welcome to the chaos theory - a farmer is attacked in SA and the money from the US ceases.

  • mariuskowie - 2012-08-15 09:11

    Sadly the governing regime still insists that farm attacks is just normal crime. Look at the noise that is made about police being killed versus the deafening silence from ANC side about farm attacks. South Africa is in deep poo. The only way to turn this country around and back to some normality is to get rid of the criminal syndicate that call themselves the ANC.

  • keighleyann.bell - 2012-08-15 09:14

    Don't bite the hand that feeds'll be sorry one day, if you're not already with the state of this country?!? We really are headed in one direction...hell!

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-08-15 09:23

    This is just the start of things to come! Not only are these nitwits chasing away people from investing in the country - they are also killing our own food producers. This sorry excuse for a government is standing by without lifting a finger.

  • neil.swart - 2012-08-15 09:28

    Crime rate, farm murders, so-called service delivery protests, strikes!! This will surely attract investment, beit foreign or domestic, to better the economy and assist in job creation!! The less money the masses aquire, the less likely they will afford a decent education! The more uneducated people we have, the longer we stay in power! The longer we stay in power, the richer we get!! Who cares about food security, poverty or basic living conditions? We just need their votes!! That's all!! Sorry, I was trying to read the mind of one of our politicians, and this is what I came up with! I might have understood him wrong, but if I did, I apologise honourable sir!

  • spartanx93 - 2012-08-15 09:35

    Take your investments and go invest where it will be more appreciated. These mugs of SA have shown they do not care about foreign investments.

  • sa.citizen.3 - 2012-08-15 09:35

    very sad - south africa once a great nation, now a nation of death, crime, corruption.... ANC sort this out

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-08-15 09:43

    Not only are these nitwits chasing away investors- they are also killing our own food producers. Most worrying of all is our sorry excuse for a government is not lifting a finger to stop this!

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-08-15 09:44

    Blame this useless ANC government for all farm attacks which they are instigating with their "land reform" laws. They are to blame for a corrupt police force who only wear the uniform to help those who commit these atrocities and not to catch the perpetrators.

  • sa.citizen.3 - 2012-08-15 09:45

    Genocide - our framers are being killed at 3 time the already high murder rate in SA. Whats going on and why is the world not up in arms - SA is not a democracy - it is a land full of terror and hate

  • briana.scott - 2012-08-15 09:47

    *clap*clap*clap* !!! Well done Mr President, maybe now they will catch a wake up, we all know they care nothing for the people but the money loss might force them into action - greedy, ignorant pigs.

  • nerina.t.smith - 2012-08-15 09:47

    Osmaseko we have a farm in the USA which at this stage is undeveloped, but there is a house on it. We lock up and go back after 6 to 8 mnths and ... guest what ? everything is still the same as we left it. In the USA people leave their lawnmover and bicycles on the grass it dont disappear. In the USA your drivers licence can be taken away if you are linked to crime. Thats why there is no visible crime.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-15 11:52

      Nerina, I don't know where you are in the U.S. but leaving your bike outside in Los Angeles and your car doors unlocked in San Fransisco will quickly let you know there is crime everywhere. To say there is no visible crime is not true, murder, rape and shootings take place every day and thre are no laws prohibiting anyone from owning the latest machine gun. So just because your patch of land is undisturbed is not telling us anything at all. Also let us meet the first high class white collar American crook who had lost his drivers licence because he stole a couple million dollars.Why he won't even go to the same prison as the rest.

  • norbert.schweighofer - 2012-08-15 09:49

    My previous comment was seemingly not accepted. I can not more recommend SA as a save holiday destination. I feel sorry for the upright and decent SA people which are held at ransom by a criminal minority.

  • Blackpoison - 2012-08-15 09:53

    Yip, knew this was going to happen. Next the Marines will be flying in...

      tc.convulvulous - 2012-08-15 12:41

      Wish they would.

  • CopperWoody - 2012-08-15 09:56

    Just another day in Zimbabwe Ext1.

  • moi.carla.1980 - 2012-08-15 10:03

    Exactly what we need. More foreign investors pulling out of the country.

  • braams - 2012-08-15 10:04

    If you spend more money on education you will eventually spend a lot less on policing. The problem is that "eventually" is probably 20 years down the line and a politician's shelf life is 8 years (Zimbabwe's executive leadership excluded) so there is no return on investment for a politician punting education. That is where you need people in government that understands that the task of running a country is a long term vision and their personal payback will only come after their retirement or exit from politics, provided that their successors have the same interest in the greater good of the citizens and continues to work and invest their personal effort into government without expecting an immediate reward.

  • krynhoud - 2012-08-15 10:17

    @JonnyBGood.... Firstly i would like to say that the attack made was on my mother and her partner. your lack of understanding to this huge problem is extremely disgusting. It has nothing to do with him being from the States you ignorant fool. Was the story of the farmer killed in November not in the news either????

      tc.convulvulous - 2012-08-15 12:40

      Krynhoud, Many farm-murders in SA are not reported in the media. The sold-out media selectively and very briefly report on these xenophobic attacks. This case (above) is fortunate to make the media.

  • jacques.pretorius.967 - 2012-08-15 10:24

    when will he South African government start doing something about farm murders, attacks and theft. Crime in this county is out of control. We need to stop looking for excuses and start acting. once someone is caught takes how many years to finally let them go on a technicality. how much money and lives must we lose, before this becomes a priority.

  • Leviy Moneymaker - 2012-08-15 10:37

    everyone is concerned about economy whereas people who invest in our country they do so for self benefit*

      jacques.vermaak.50 - 2012-08-15 10:58

      @Leviy Moneymaker - Really? go read your comment again. Without an economy you can’t make a living!!

      phill.erasmus - 2012-08-15 12:11

      Leviy - do you not understand the basics of supply and demand? The supplier "benefits" (otherwise why bother to supply or must they just give it to you?) and the receiver has food on his plate. Also the receiver has the opportunity to have another job created for him to earn a living (and not just beg for handouts because you think he deserves it)... Or is that SO DIFFICULT to understand?

      moi.carla.1980 - 2012-08-15 12:16

      Of course, it's called business. But in the end, it benefits us as well. More jobs, more food etc... Do you not understand that?

      tc.convulvulous - 2012-08-15 12:34

      Why does anybody invest their hard-earned money? It is to try to make profit, no other reason. If they cannot make their profit in SA, then they will take their money to another country where they have a chance of making profit, and create jobs in that coutnry, and grow the economy of that country. That surely is not too difficult for you to unerstand?

      sheralee.jones - 2012-08-15 12:51

      And you dare to have 'moneymaker' as part of your name and say things like this. What do you think improves a country? Crime or investment? Where are you people at with your thinking!!

  • david.g.preez - 2012-08-15 10:45

    Oh its not that bad, he is alive to speak about it, what about the thousands that has been killed over the years. Do they not count? Just becaue he is an USA citizen, does that make him any special. What the Afrikaner farmers, the English farmers, are they nothing? Just cannon fodder? Part of the statistics of being a South African farmer?

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-15 10:54

    I'm closing the B&B on my farm due to crime. I worry that at some point my guests will be harmed. Where I live crime is out of control, and we have no SAPS in the area that functions properly - in a prime tourism area. Another couple of jobs bite the dust. Well done ANC.

      charmaine.hoffmann.1 - 2012-08-15 12:23

      Welcome to SA

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-15 11:40

    Take your money and go home. There are many other places to invest. Why would you want to stay in a place where your life isn't safe?. Mind you, come to think of it, you haven't said anything when it were South Africans being attacked did you?. Or didn't that matter to you?.

  • njdejager - 2012-08-15 11:47

    Bye bye investment. Thank you ANC....for nothing.

  • sheralee.jones - 2012-08-15 12:41

    Crime is a big issue in this country and affects more sectors than just this. What will it take for the government to start addressing it appropriately?

  • wayne.roach.731 - 2012-08-15 12:54

    Stop paying tax for services you dont receive. Thats the only way to make anc supporters realise that money does not come from the anc, it comes from the very people they choose to hate.

  • darren.peach - 2012-08-15 13:20

    The Farm attacks problem needs to be dealt with. We cant afford to have our farmers being victimized like this while SA slowly grows and people are supposed to get the education they need to contribute to our economy ( Which is in a sad state, I might add...No textbooks, Not enough teachers, No Utility staff and security in schools and a Gang mentality in our Students). What ever happened to the SAPS ? Anc has issues to deal with but there are cops....I have seen them.

  • leaproach.thekeeper - 2012-08-15 13:28

    Yup. USA sactions against RofSA may just wake Zoomer up where he lays behinds mama's big bum. It forced the Nat regime into submission and will do the same with the ANC regime.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-15 13:57

    Farmers have been targeted far too long and nothing is ever said of really taken note of. Now maybe, this U.S. farmer can draw the attention to what is going on in our country. You have to ask, why so many farmers being murdered or attacked, why, it is because hopefully there farms will become easily available for the new breed of farmer. Is this also the start of certain business's that are being targeted for easy take over. What is going on in our County. What type of people and murder like its an every day occurence. Look at that lady who was shot at her farm gate, 3 men it took, they did'nt even really want her car because they ditched after their get away. Did they have to murder her. Our justice system really needs a good shake up, They criminals get away to easily and it often takes years of appeals to get them into jail where they rightly belong. They should be straight to jail then wait there for the appeals. Our justice system is too soft for these hardened criminals.

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