SA farming interests safe in Mozambique

2011-08-03 07:10

Pretoria - Mozambique's legal system and bilateral treaties sufficiently protected South African farming interests, a farming union said on Tuesday.

The seizure in July of a South African-owned resort in the Bilene area of Gaza province had raised concerns in the agricultural sector, said AgriSaMoz's chief executive Dirk Hanekom.

He said Mozambique's legal system and bilateral treaties with South Africa were "more than sufficient for the establishment of successful commercial agricultural practices in Mozambique".

AgriSaMoz, which is linked to AgriSa, had investigated the seizure, Hanekom said.

It was satisfied that there was enough legal scope for all land-users to secure their investments, especially long-term land lease users whose agreements were with the Mozambican government.

Mozambique's special police force, FIR, recently evicted inhabitants of 13 houses at the La Perla do Bilene resort in the lakeside town of Bilene.

The resort borders on properties linked to Mozambican President Armando Guebuza and former president Joaquim Chissano.

All land in Mozambique is public property and individuals or businesses obtain a lease, or right, to use the land.

However, they can own the buildings and other constructions on the land.

If permit-holders do not use the land for the purpose stated on the permit, they could lose the right to use the land.

Mozambican state media reported earlier that the owner of the resort, Braam Bruwer, had parcelled and sold off the land, which did not comply with his permit to run a tourist resort.

  • Welleducated - 2011-08-03 07:18

    Just another African story, so what esle is new in Africa? Governments always make excuses to look as if they are in the right, even though their propaganda does not rub off on intelligent people.

      GT - 2011-08-03 08:05

      So when a government acts against someone violating the terms of their property permits it is "african story"? Everywhere else it is called "upholding the law". Try that trick in the USA and you will be in prison.

      DRYGOII - 2011-08-03 12:15 Check this site!!!

      Concerned - 2011-08-03 12:52

      Colonialism explained: Mlungu is walking in the bush one day when he stumbles upon a local picking his nose under a tree. Around him are a lot of rocks. "Can I take these rocks?" "Eish, Mlungu. You must take these imperialistic rocks away. They have been oppressing me for years." So Mlungu carries the rocks away over a couple of days to a spot he found next to a river. He then builds himself a house, plants some mieles and buys some cattle. Soon he meets a nice girl and they get married and have kids on the farm. One day Philemon the local comes walking along and sees that the rocks have been turned into a house and that the vacant land is now a vibrant farm producing mieles and multiplying cattle. "Eish Mlungu! You stole my rocks!"

      mkuze - 2011-08-03 13:32

      Obama Bin Laden,that is exactly the mentality of people like malema and cohorts,they dont want to do an honest days work, but want to take from the people who has worked hard and built something worth while.

  • Mattewis - 2011-08-03 07:31

    Land ownership in Africa works the same as responsibility ownership! It never belongs to you! How can anybody be surprised if scenarios like the famine, misery and suffering in Somalia are the end result; which is ever so typical in Africa? If it is not the drought then it is the floods, but it is never the "me"! I think they just haven't the capacity to even realize that, and you can't teach it at school!

      Ockert - 2011-08-03 07:40

      And the west MUST help and PAY.

  • Dan Grey - 2011-08-03 07:38

    In Africa land ownership works as follows. You buy a piece of land that nobody wants. Then you develop it. Then you turn it into a show piece. Then everyone wants it. Then they use politics to turn you into an evil imperialist. Then using the evil imperialist as an excuse they take the land back. Then the land reverts back to its original condition. Then everyone leaves, as nobody wants the land. Then a new sucker will offer money for the land and the whole process repeats itself.

      Barnowl - 2011-08-03 08:17

      Well said, Dan Grey. This is so true.

      daaidoos - 2011-08-03 08:48

      why do you think you have a criminal like malemarse calling for the confiscation of white OWNED land?

      Chika01 - 2011-08-03 09:20

      Dan so wrong. The developer broke the law, He was in Moz long enough to know the law, he was arogant and skelm and cost honest people their livelyhoods. the gov of moz was corect in thaking the land back. Have the facts befor commenting!

      DRYGOII - 2011-08-03 12:17

      Wonderful! Thumbs up!!!

      Joachim Bernstein - 2011-08-03 14:15

      100% correct you are!

  • Ockert - 2011-08-03 07:39

    The agreement will only last while it suits them, never, never trust these guys, it will only be to your detrement ( ala Piet Retief etc, etc etc)

      chris.debeer1 - 2011-08-03 08:19

      And FW de Klerk now stressing about his codesa and worlds best constition

      firefighter - 2011-08-03 08:36

      There is only one thing worse than trusting them - that is trusting the likes of FW de Klerk to look after your future. I often wonder what happened to all the whites who voted Yes in 1992?

      firefighter - 2011-08-03 08:46

      Those giving the thumbs down on my FW 1992 comment are clearly saying they voted yes. I thought all Yes voters were either dead or had left for safer pastures

      daaidoos - 2011-08-03 08:50

      @chris he is not stressing he is sitting nice and cumfy on a Greek island somewhere. Someone should hunt that dog down and make him pay for his crimes

      ANCockup - 2011-08-03 11:07

      @firefighter 100% correct every liberal idiot that voted yes has since emmigrated and left us with the mess.

      King Msendi - 2011-08-03 11:22

      @Daaidoos… I agree with you, De Klerk is not stressing. The only people stressing are those who can't detach themselves from the past.

      brown_bread - 2011-08-03 13:20

      ANCockup, yes they left because they couldnt bear to share a country with id!ots like yourself, firefighter, the id!ot sowetan journalist and malema. Afterall, you all are happy about the past!

  • Danie - 2011-08-03 07:53

    I could be wrong: If I sell a property with you paying me every year in cash, or in kind by supplying a steady stream of tourist money, if you stop paying or stop agreed payment in kind, by not bringing a steady stream of tourist money, rather tried to make a quick buck. Before blaming black people lets get the facts, yes sorry for the buyers of this, properties from the possible shark, but then hang around sharks, expect to be eaten. If he is not a shark, why don't he publish the agreement with Mozambique government for all to see, until then, I believe the developer is just a white crook that should be in Jail.

      Creeky - 2011-08-03 08:02

      Nah Danie... Remember he is INNOCENT until PROVEN GUILTY!!! 1st Read the Agreement BEFORE you pass judgement! Seems like you have been in the Sun for to long, Bru!

      Kim - 2011-08-03 08:09

      Danie, I agree with you. This is not a black or white thing. Nobody owns land in Mozambique but the government. You cannot sell a piece of land that you do not own and Mozambique is very strict on what land is used for. If you get a piece of land to farm and you use it for something else, the government has the right to take the land back. The only think you can own is the buildings, trees and plants and animals on the land.

      Greg - 2011-08-03 08:35

      i know a guy that worked for the developer.. this ou is skelm!

      Chika01 - 2011-08-03 09:16

      So rigt Kim. He did not develop a resort as his land use permit stated but made a property devolopment where he sold of pieces of the land. The system in Moz is fair but strict. The developer is a crook!

  • dingisoml - 2011-08-03 07:58

    So said the poeple whose ancestors came mainly to still land from Afrcans and opress, torture and even murder them for defending their right to exist in the land they know no other! At least you guys can run to some cushie European country when the heat reaches a boiling in land of "BLACKS" Africans. If I was in your shoes I would study the history of the African continent, and then make my racist comments on national sites that are read by who know a thing or 2 by what African went through under the european colonialism, Apartheid together with all their evels. Hope you enjoy your day

      Ceejay - 2011-08-03 08:14

      And if I was in your shoes I would study the English language and learn to write it better. Idiot.

      Mike-O - 2011-08-03 08:20

      For one thing - white South Africans belong here as much as you, they have been here for generations, and very few can claim an European passport. And sooner or later we have to move on - why torture yourself about things that happened in the past - once upon a time people thought it was perfectly fine for children of 6 to work for 16 hours etc etc, we are growing, it is very sad how people suffered but it was just the way people saw things then.

      ANCockup - 2011-08-03 11:09

      The most evil thing in Africa is a black "leader".

      Chika01 - 2011-08-03 11:15

      I now reply simply because I must. You are perhaps 26 years old and claim to know about eropean colonisation. Dont kid yourself. I loved your post about respect and love bla bla bla, shows your mentality. you were about 10 when aparteid ended so esencialy you have lived 2/3 of your life in a rainbow nation yet you still blame the european for your strife. To corect you on your FB post. If you want love love first, if you want respect respect others, if you want to be rich WORK. Your mentality of entitelment sikens me, I AM A AFRICAN and I aint going nowhere!!!!!!!!!!!!

      peter the gr - 2011-08-03 11:52

      If someone has to read about the history about Africa, then its you, Buddy!!! Get your facts strait!!!

      Armchair Caballero - 2011-08-03 11:56

      Your sir are an idiot!

      Kallie Marie - 2015-05-25 22:06

      Twisting history to fuel your self pity ...

  • Chika01 - 2011-08-03 09:04

    The siesure if the land in bilene was justified as the owner aplied and recieved the land on a 99 year lease to open a resort. He the sold off parcels of the land by subdeviding, this was not in compliance with his documentation. To subevide land and sell off sectional title in moz takes at least 2 years of extra paperwork. what he did was ilegal, He recieved warnings and repremands but still kept the people that were buying these subdevided properties from him in the dark. I only feel sorry fot the honest south africans that he duped. I lived in Moz for 5 years and understand the system, they are actualy actively rooting out corruption and growing a economy. Contrary to our dear Republic. Go figure...

  • JungleHobo - 2011-08-03 10:36

    Braam Bruwer had been issued warnings for the past 4 years to stick to the confines of his permit. This arrogant dickhead got what he deserved.

  • Armchair Caballero - 2011-08-03 11:49

    Seriously? Safe? Really? all property is considered public and one has to get a lease and the right to use it? Really? So it is ok for a farmer to build up the land with back breaking daily work to a fruitfull profitable piece of land and then is left with no choice but to give it back to the goverment, (oh sorry I ment the public...) A system like this will never work! IT IS NOTHIN ELSE BUT COMMUNISM! Tried and failed before! I feel so sorry for these politicians that actually believe in this crap, its like they are praying to their toilet and asking it to bless them with a daily Sh*t

  • sabc10 - 2011-08-03 12:57

    SA farmers are renowned for poor working conditions,treating workers poorly,paying workers with booze,not skilling workers and not paying tax.

  • Debonaire - 2011-08-03 13:01

    O senhor Braam Bruwer nao cumpriu com as leis de Mocambique e foi autuado por ter abusado a boa fe das autoridades no local

      Anchor101 - 2011-08-03 14:06

      Mr. Braam Bruwer not complied with the laws of Mozambique and was fined for abusing the good faith of the local authorities

  • Joachim Bernstein - 2011-08-03 13:35

    Get the real story here: doubleyoudoubleyoudoubleyou.clubofmozambiqueDotCom/solutions1/sectionnews.php?secao=tourism&id=22408&tipo=one Something smells fishy, nothing new in africa... Oh and read the comments, then you will know that once again corruption rules over africa...

  • beicime - 2011-08-03 14:19

    From some article “The seizure of most of Zimbabwe's white-owned land has cost nearly $12bn (£7bn) in lost production since 2000, the Commercial Farmers' Union says.” Mugabe lost the tax and food export money and has to import food. The same is happening in South Africa and the people of South Africa will import food from Mozambique. Are Mozambicans smarter than South Africans?

  • pembaforeignbusiness chamber - 2011-08-05 01:43

    stop backing this criminal illegal south africans in bilene. they thought they above the law. it may come as a suprise to many, yes mozambique is a 3rd world country, but it has laws. south africans, no matter how rich you are and how important you think you are, the law is the law. i am here 11 years, did every thing according to the law, never had a problem. it has its own challenges, yes. no these boys must go. i do farm in mozambique the past 9 years. they and the ones like them, go back we dont want you here. and me, will never go back to south africa, that will infact become the next africa story.

  • mo - 2011-08-16 21:32

    sorry guys, the truth must spoken and yes it will HURT. in america ,the americans own land and farm in china, the chinese are farmers in japan, the japanese are the farmers and land owners. the lists can go on and on. SADLY IN SOUTH AFRICA, the colonialist and settlers are the owners of the land. maybe your grandfather handed the farm to you,but stolen property is stolen property,even if handed down in family.we blacks are not stupid,but kept stupid while the white (PINK) man kept on stealing more and more by keeping even his children away from proper education

  • carla.m.fernandes - 2011-10-27 11:50

    Highly debatable ... very unfortunate too. The same way consumer preotection exits, so should there be for investors. Now whether documentation in this scenario was legit or not, we dont know. As business owners or investors, we should be well aware of risks involved and weigh them out! Law is the law.

  • Fernando Goncalves - 2015-05-26 05:53

    Well this land policy of moz has really made moz the richest country in world has it not? You can called it what you like but this policy is called COMMUNISM!!! therefore I would never invest in a country like that

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