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23 November 2017 07:28 (South Africa)

Government-sponsored retro-neo-colonialism: white farmers to go north

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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The government is looking at opportunities to establish white South African farmers elsewhere on the continent, at least in part because land redistribution here will mean there isn't enough farmland to go around. Talks are apparently underway with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Angola, Zambia and Uganda. This comes straight from Tina Joemat-Pettersson, minister of agriculture, by way of a Business Day report today on a conference that took place on Friday. We’ve seen previous (mostly unsuccessful) exoduses of white farmers to Mozambique, Argentina and even Nigeria, but those have always been farmers fleeing the change of government, not government-sponsored emigration. Will the farmers bite? If there is sufficient promise of money to be made we think they might. There is also the question though of whether new farmers in SA taking over previously successful farms will rise to the challenge this time around.

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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