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Zulu King's farms need govt investment

2013-06-20 21:55

Pietermaritzburg - A recent study on Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini's farms has found that most of them are not financially viable, KwaZulu-Natal premier Zweli Mkhize said on Thursday.

"A feasibility study on these farms and domestic fields was conducted by the department of agriculture and they were found to be high risk and economically not viable," he said in the provincial legislature in Pietermaritzburg.

Mkhize was tabling a R63m budget for the royal household department for the 2013/2014 financial year.

Of this R3.7m was allocated for farms. He said the king used 10 locations for agricultural purposes, but only two of them were proper farms.

The two - Thokazi, a 156ha farm, and Zwartkop, of 1561ha - had 1000 sheep and 277 cattle.

Mkhize said of the other farms: "They are small in size, are in a poor condition, some are overgrazed.... They have no irrigation, no animal handling infrastructure, limited water resources, while others are not suitable for cultivation."

Following the study, the royal household trust would determine whether all the farms were viable, he said.

Mkhize said the assistance provided to the king, especially for farming, was aimed at ensuring the royal household did not rely on public funds.

"In order to initiate proper commercial farming, the department of agriculture will assist in a process which will involve rendering advice on technical support, investment and a strategy to maximise productivity on those farms."

It would also consider procuring viable farms, to be run on "proper farming principles".

Comments
  • Logic - 2013-06-20 21:57

    How about no, the people need that money more than corrupt officials like you do

      Red Forman - 2013-06-20 22:11

      The Rolls does not take well on the dirt road, will need to tar it.

      Scebberish Umfazi - 2013-06-20 23:06

      Mkhize said the assistance provided to the king, especially for farming, was aimed at ensuring the royal household did not rely on public funds. HUH? SAY WHAT?!

      Theo Schoeman - 2013-06-20 23:09

      OMG ! "Mkhize said the assistance provided to the king, especially for farming, was aimed at ensuring the royal household did not rely on public funds." Where does that money come from you are budgeting for you fool. That is tax payers money, nothing more, nothing less. No cure for absolute stupidity

      Scebberish Umfazi - 2013-06-20 23:40

      This is terrible, contradictory reporting! point one, already mentioned; Mkhize said the assistance provided to the king, especially for farming, was aimed at ensuring the royal household did not rely on public funds. point two; "A feasibility study on these farms and domestic fields was conducted by the department of agriculture and they were found to be high risk and economically not viable," It would also consider procuring viable farms, to be run on "proper farming principles". point 3; "He said the king used 10 locations for agricultural purposes, but only two of them were proper farms" So if the others are NOT not farms where is the problem regarding not farming them? point 4; "...and domestic fields was conducted by the department of agriculture and they were found to be high risk and economically not viable," Domestic homes and gardens are supposed to be economically viable? ....and more!!!

      Sandile Makana - 2013-06-20 23:48

      The oldest trick in the book is "the feasibility study on kings farms has found that most of them are not financially viable". So that Zweli Mkhize can throw more tax payers money at his king.Is this a joke or what? A king who cannot sort out his royal finances and depend on state bailouts is a shame to the nation. With all the money he gets from people who live on royal land he should be paying his own way. Zweli who's fooling who?

      Mathata Fela - 2013-06-21 05:00

      THE WHOLE ZULU KING STORY IS NOT FINANCIALLY VIABLE...I have lost all respect and empathy for poor people that keep on voting this corrupt ANC government into power.

      Maartins Siphiso - 2013-06-21 06:32

      Eff this king, he is NOT MY king, why must I pay for his luxuries, let his own people pay for it.

      Fortes Fortuna Adiuvat - 2013-06-21 07:11

      Spend the money to buy textbooks.

      Mike Mike - 2013-06-21 07:14

      sseing that the king cannot farm, give it to the useless anc people and see if they can farm - idiots

      Melck - 2013-06-21 12:39

      Cant the people from agriculture see the problem Thokazi,a 156ha farm, and Zwartkop, of 1561ha - had 1000 sheep and 277 cattle. here is another overgrazing farm coming - I do not know the condition of the farms but looking at the load it will not last two years.

      SheilanDerek de Beer - 2014-03-04 20:52

      Give the farms to FARMERS.... what " King " can farm..??

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-06-20 22:05

    Maybe if the king took some interest in the farms and was dependent on them for an income, they would be run better. But if you get millions just for being 'king' I suppose it isn't necessary.

      Gary Doyle - 2013-06-21 04:54

      A high profile example of what happens to valuable farmland in the hands of people that know nothing about it.

      Johan Venter - 2013-06-21 06:59

      Even the “all mighty” King Goodwill Zwelithini failed at farming!! So glad we're not relying on the "king" for food security...

      Albert Lubbe - 2013-06-21 07:30

      This sounds like"fallow" land to me.

      Erich Goosen - 2013-06-21 10:33

      Your majesty, why don't you approach the Gupta brothers. They have strong ties with certain prominent Zulus and are already annexing the Free State farms.

  • Andile Memela - 2013-06-20 22:19

    Is this what the Comrades fought for? Better life for the few? Tax the farms, OR redistribute to the poor who needs them? The statement is not meant as a joke!

      William Lee Robbertse - 2013-06-20 22:23

      I just wish I had a plot of land I can use to put a house on and this idiot don't even use the land and my tax money must be waste on it.

  • jungleboy - 2013-06-20 22:21

    Perhaps he should ask Stone Sizani to redistribute the farms to poor farmers. Stone seems to have a great deal to say at the moment. The king us just another tax payer parasite in an antiquated feudal system.

      Scebberish Umfazi - 2013-06-20 23:19

      And the subsidized white farmers in drought stricken areas and barren areas like the karoo under the National Party Government was different how?

      Johan Venter - 2013-06-21 07:05

      Umfazi...Yes Zululand is a dry piece of land, no rain... He could have used his wealth that he receives as salary from the Xhosas (ANC) to develop his farms and provide work to his followers like a good "king" should...If you want to hear it or not...the “king” is a parasite

      Morné Brits - 2013-06-21 08:27

      Yes Umfazi, government subsidies for marginal farming land, then as now, is not right and an absolute environmental disaster. We need to learn from the mistakes the Nats made and NOT use them as an excuse for our modern day blunders. Even without the necessary detail I can tell you that, with the livestock numbers given, that these farms are overgrazed. This means that there will be cumulative veld degradation and the farms will become less and less viable and will end up as barren pieces of land. I have myself seen the results of the farming subsidies of the 70's and 80's on the arid western Free State. It is not pretty. Lets not make the same mistakes again.

  • Altus Kirsten - 2013-06-20 22:33

    Use your own money, so called 'King'.

      Albert Lubbe - 2013-06-21 07:33

      WHY,FFS?

  • Jaco Vorster - 2013-06-20 22:37

    Who pays for this, don't tell me the SA tax payer.

  • John Birch - 2013-06-20 23:00

    Ja but farming is so easy. Just give everyone a piece of land and they will suddenly become rich like the white farmers. Farming is a science you numbskulls, just because you have land does not suddenly make you a farmer.

      Scebberish Umfazi - 2013-06-20 23:13

      nor does being a farmer make it rain, or barren land fertile.

      Sterling Ferguson - 2013-06-21 00:58

      In most places in Africa the black man doesn't think it's part of his culture to farm. The women in black Africa are the ones doing all of the farming, and this is why the Indians were brought into KZN to do farm work. The black Africans only see land that the whites have made productive and they have became jealous of these people, but there is a rush to buy luxury cars, but not farms. When one look at African men hands most of them have small hands like girls because they never did no hard work. It's not surprising the farmer of the year in SA was a black woman.

  • Thami Jeffrey - 2013-06-20 23:06

    Buffoonery!!

  • Colleen Erasmus - 2013-06-20 23:09

    Why must I cough up and support a king that is no relative of mine, I have nothing to do with him and I am not interested in him as a king!

  • nu_un_clear - 2013-06-20 23:15

    YOU GET WHAT YOU VOTE FOR!!! Nice one, nobody and nothing matters in this country except for the Zulus. Why don't you guys change your name to the ANZ. African National Zulus.

      Scebberish Umfazi - 2013-06-20 23:45

      Yes, nothing changes, used to be the boer, now this lot, what next?

  • WildCatSal - 2013-06-20 23:17

    For Interest: "President Jacob Zuma’s homestead is situated about 24 km south of Nkandla town centre, on land owned by the Ingonyama Trust, the legal entity that owns the traditional land administered by Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, the Zulu king on behalf of the state for the benefit of its occupants" (me thinks this King has got someone by the short and curleys - judge for yourself.

      Jonathan Woods - 2013-06-21 10:30

      Yes but he charges the BOSS less than 1K a month on a 40 year lease.

  • Hulisani Nefale Dimanashango - 2013-06-20 23:33

    why should a government department invest in revamping an individuals farm while there are young aspirant farmers out there that require scholarships to pursue a career in commercial farming,the state must stop intertaining individuals with spinning heads and start promoting the fight against poverty,this guy must join his cousin mswati n create his own kingdom were his people pay for all his useless expenses and stop wasting south afrcans tax payers funds like hes our king bcos hes NOT!!!

      Vusi Ijimaphileweight Mavunda - 2013-06-21 01:06

      I couldnt have said it better boss!

  • Nico de Jongh - 2013-06-20 23:50

    Zuma's plan ..Zulu domination .. making use of the ANC as smoke screen and a tool for total control..watch this space.

  • Burt Smit - 2013-06-21 00:04

    Invest in "high risk and economically not viable" why? the report has mos proven its not viable. why invest then? Is it the first time they are asking for money to invest in the farm? Sell 500 sheep.

  • Bra Tabs - 2013-06-21 00:13

    Since Zuma becoming president, Zulus have been elevated above everyone else. To them, being in the majority equates to superiority.

  • Tommo Too - 2013-06-21 00:49

    If even the King can't farm, who can?

  • Kim Krause - 2013-06-21 00:52

    Why give land to people who dont have the skills to utilize it. Its j7st a pile of dirt if not used properly.

  • Dave Hardman - 2013-06-21 01:06

    How much land does the King own, how much money does the Government pay him each year? I am beginning to understand the African farming method: liberate a successful farm from white farmers,get a few cows, demand money from the government, buy all you need at the supermarket

  • Dave Van Masenya - 2013-06-21 01:16

    I think the government should offer villagers and farmers free education on agriculture.Most of our black farmers dont realy understand farming,they just have the practical basic methods of farming.

  • Teh Bhungane Hadebe - 2013-06-21 02:03

    these allowance must be stopped

  • Sheik Mohammad - 2013-06-21 02:08

    Traditional Leaders are no longer of any relevance in the New South Africa, they are only used to prop up the ruling Government in areas where no one would vote, if not directed to do so by their tribal leader.

      Jonathan Woods - 2013-06-21 10:38

      And the other reality is that they control a very large portion of the land ownership. And in the ICC breakfast the other morning when asked about getting land from them, One lounged back in his chair and said YOU MUST KNOW YOUR CHIEF. IF YOU DONT. BAD LUCK.

  • Brenton Geyer - 2013-06-21 02:37

    If we have a president, why do we need to have kings ?

      Conrad Fra - 2013-06-21 06:21

      Good question

  • precious.yumyum - 2013-06-21 03:30

    The Zulu is just a swate of money. I wish Zulu people could fund his lavish lifestyle. OMG

  • Sibulele Stemele - 2013-06-21 03:42

    as soon as u guys hear Royal Queen Elizebeth then u dnt hv a problem. let me tell u. a prime minister is worth our king. the the Royal family is exactly like our royal families. im not saying i agree or disagree with what is happening in our country. but the worst thing is everyone judging our country and understanding the same situation elsewhere. wake up everyone. if u wanna complain leave. if u cnt afford a visa or dnt get accepted go to an african country. we need people who will build our country. not people who complain. before u complain look at urself. if u are perfect complain, visa versa

      Croix Mactee - 2013-06-21 05:46

      Do you even know where the UK is, fool ??

      Alan Kennedy - 2014-03-05 13:25

      What a stupid argument, loaded with mistaken half truths and notions of righteousness. Away with tribal parasites, away!

  • Gefanipi Rumoro - 2013-06-21 04:32

    I think the king should have more farms why don't you all gather at a place and start a march to have the king removed from position or install a Afrikaans king either one should make you happy.

  • Gefanipi Rumoro - 2013-06-21 04:32

    I think the king should have more farms why don't you all gather at a place and start a march to have the king removed from position or install a Afrikaans king either one should make you happy.

  • Sechaba Virgil Ndlovu - 2013-06-21 04:35

    Let the King work like everyone.

  • Danie - 2013-06-21 04:55

    Look like another excuse to steal money from SA's poor black people, that should have been assisted with our taxes.? I wonder whos's animals overgrazed the small pieces of land? If its his farms he can raise a bond like other farmers. i.s.., stealing the poor's money All ANC voters that is 'what you get for your vote , go on, vote for them again , and dance in the streets because , their is no money, water, electricity or toilets

  • Mike Davis - 2013-06-21 05:07

    Probably feeling a little short changed after a tour through Nkandla. For me any king, queen, prince etc is a waste of money. The time for so called royals has long passed and needs to be ended. Why should rights to a life of luxury be conferred to a select few. It is a form of apartheid and it belongs in the bin! Every cent that is given to him is taken from our collective future.

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2013-06-21 05:26

    How can those farms be economically viable if money is constantly 'given', but they don't want to lift a finger to do any work. But, hey, anything to get more votes

  • William Mohlolo - 2013-06-21 05:32

    Anc is becoming party for KZN. How many kings we have in this country? Kings around the country must be treated equally! We are talking about farms which the country benefits nothing from but get millions while we have struggling farms whereby the country must benefit and government turn blind on those farms. They really make unnecessary favours to their king and ignore fact that the whole country need such money to help citizens not a king who get millions each year but neglect his belongings. If that's how Anc see things lately, time has arrived for them to step down. As Madiba said long time ago "IF ANC DO YOU WHAT APARTHEID DID TO YOU, DO THE ANC WHAT YOU DID TO APARTHEID"!

      Alan Kennedy - 2014-03-05 13:26

      End this "royalist" gravy train - let their own tribes support them

  • Herman Hoffeldt - 2013-06-21 05:44

    If the Zulu king cannot even manage his farms, how on earth will the rest do in farming?

  • Henk Visser - 2013-06-21 06:02

    "whatcha gonna do when your well runs dry" - Peter Tosh. "Mkhize said the assistance provided to the king, especially for farming, was aimed at ensuring the royal household did not rely on public funds." Is it just me not getting it ?

  • Wikus Erasmus - 2013-06-21 06:03

    Farming is a highly scientific endeavor... you cant just chuck a couple of seeds on the ground or let your cows roam over your land and expect to break even, much less make a profit.

  • Tk King - 2013-06-21 06:21

    what is so special about him? wasting our tax money

  • Piet Patat - 2013-06-21 06:21

    Let the Zulus pay for their hopeless king. What a disgraceful leader! "Follow me, I'm behind you"

  • Vinesh Moodley - 2013-06-21 06:27

    pls understand ppl, this is a king that is in dire straits" a king for Gods' sake. if each of us donates a packet of seeds and and one rand we can get these farms going again. otherwise we are gonna make his subjects mad and you know militant they are.... the last thing I want is a spear up my arse!

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2013-06-21 06:30

    It looks like the ANC are looking after the Zulu's. Hopefully the Chinese colonialists will sort this out when they take over.

  • Johan Venter - 2013-06-21 06:56

    I can't understand how people can tolerate these pity monarchs... they live in luxury while their followers starve waiting for scraps from their tables. What did the “all mighty” King Goodwill Zwelithini ever done for his followers…These moneys pits should go!!

  • Michael Kleber - 2013-06-21 07:14

    Give or sell these farms to someone who can make them financially viable , its not rocket science

  • William Mohlolo - 2013-06-21 07:29

    This kind of behavior by ANC is leading to tribes turn to each other. Soon we gonna have tribal war in SA because of what ANC is doing. They can't feed Zulu king money alone as if he's the only King in our country, that's not right and totally incorrect. All kings deserve respect.

  • Anthony Mhatlhe - 2013-06-21 07:49

    Zulu this zulu That: this day light robbery.

  • Wade Roger-Lund - 2013-06-21 07:52

    Why waste the money on a fat lazy king? Spend the money on training, we have the best agricultural institute in the Southern Hemisphere but this year there is a maximum of 5 black students that received scholarships but 120 white students whose parents are paying for it, all that money can help correct the inequalities and we would have skilled Zulu farmers for example that could go back and fix the 8 farms that are destroyed, the short sightedness of the ANC and its stupidity is displayed everyday through idiotic decisions like this!

      Sipho Mathebula - 2013-06-21 08:26

      The ANC policy is not to fix something thye just throw tax money at a problem instead of solving the problem with brain power.

  • Chreamz George - 2013-06-21 07:56

    Regime Change.

  • Mahlatse Patience - 2013-06-21 07:56

    As long as he is a ZULU,ZUMA IS GOIN TO GIV IT TO HIM,while ppl are suffering,thumbs down

  • Zahir - 2013-06-21 08:00

    R63 million for a bunch of greedy lazy parasites way too much

  • samuel.ramaifo - 2013-06-21 08:02

    Ah hell nah! Nkandla is built on his land,,, does it ring a bell minister! Stop taking our hard earned money!!!!

  • Zaira Kader - 2013-06-21 08:08

    Nah cmon SA dis plain daylight robbery

  • Phillipa Mill - 2013-06-21 08:15

    Another useless parasite

  • Chreamz George - 2013-06-21 08:18

    I don't have respect for this bustard and his tribe. I mean all of them, from the president to the rude illiterate taxi driver on our roads.

      Masiwakhe Khalimeshe Zulu - 2014-03-04 20:58

      yah and u say this behind the safety of your keyboard,,i dare you 2 approach a zulu and say that face 2 face