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Zimbabwe begs ousted white farmers to return

Zimbabwe begs ousted white farmers to return

Memories of such savagery will never be forgotten or forgiven.

Oh yes, under the forgiven murderer Robert Mugabe who instigated the murdering and beating of white farmers and their families, stealing their land and stock and then letting it lay fallow because the bastards are too lazy and dumb to work now want what is left of those farmers scattered around the world to go back and teach them how to feed themselves—and then what, another purge of whites by blacks in gratitude?

The Zimbabwean Government’s message to exiled farmers is clear. Come home. It is offering land leases to commercial farmers in an effort to re-start the nation’s agricultural industry. Basil Nyabadza from Zimbabwe’s Agricultural and Rural and Development Authority says Zimbabwean farmers in Australia should return to home soil.

Source: ABC

Zimbabwe’s exiled farmers urged to return home as agricultural industry struggles

“We have a lot of capital resource dotted around the world, including Australia,” Mr Nyabadza said. “We are saying, if you are Zimbabwean, there is now a real opportunity to come back home with your skills and be part of the building team.”

The Government is now offering 99-year leases to white farmers, a deal previously reserved for black Zimbabweans.
The resignation of president Robert Mugabe last November and the swearing in of his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa has delivered significant change.
Government officials now admit the campaign of farm invasions that began in 2000 was a mistake.
“Clearly, the formulas deployed then, left a lot of bad feeling. And more importantly, the intellectual property, left our borders,” Mr Nyabadza said.

Thousands of white farmers were forced off the land during the invasions.
Several farmers and farm workers were killed, many others were injured.
The Zimbabwean Government promised the program would redistribute farming land to Zimbabweans in need.
But many farms were taken by politicians and members of the ZANU-PF ruling party.
Agricultural production dropped dramatically and the nation once regarded as the bread basket of Africa struggled to feed itself.
The farm invasions have continued over the last 18 years and Mr Mnangagwa was part of the government which allowed the seizures to continue.
Now farmers who lost everything are being asked to take the latest announcement in good faith.
For some former landholders, that is too much to ask. They will never return. Others are prepared to give it a try.
Mr Nyabadza says public/private partnerships are the only way forward to restore trust.
“We are now in a new dispensation. And the challenge is now, we must rebuild our economy. In so doing, we need each other. So, we are reaching out,” Mr Nyabadza said.
Returning home after more than a decade

David van Breda has returned to Zimbabwe after more than a decade farming in neighbouring Zambia.
He is now growing maize on leased Government land a short drive from Harare.
“My message is there is huge opportunity here in Zim, if you are prepared to come back and operate differently to how one was operating before.”
Mr van Breda’s maize crop is tall and even. Machinery dealers are bringing in the latest equipment from Brazil, so farmers can plant and harvest on a large scale. The farm is providing much needed work for dozens of local workers, at a time when Zimbabwe’s unemployment rate is up to 90 per cent.
Black and white commercial farmers are sharing knowledge to improve production.
“It’s very different. I think both sides of the disturbances have realised that we have to work together here,” Mr van Breda said.
Zimbabwe’s maize production dropped by more than 60 per cent after the farm invasions and then fluctuated.
In 2016, an estimated 4 million Zimbabweans required food aid.
A bumper harvest last year helped to restore some confidence, but there is still a long way to go.
Mr Mnangagwa says the Government will pay compensation to farmers who lost their land during the farm invasions. But, the land will not be returned.
‘The climate is still here, the soils are here’
Meanwhile millions of cash-strapped Zimbabweans are trying to feed themselves.
Even in Harare, small patches of land are planted with maize.

Pensioner James Vuma has a small crop of maize on the outskirts of the capital.
His plants are not as strong as those in the commercial fields, but he does the best he can. Growing his own food saves money, when he has little to spare.
“Here in Zimbabwe, we are not lazy guys. We want to work always. So, if I just stay without working, I don’t feel well”, Mr Vuma said.
Zimbabweans are scheduled to go to the polls by August. Between now and then, Mr Mnangagwa is trying to convince voters and the international community that he is the right choice to lead the country.
The end of the 37-year reign of Robert Mugabe has delivered new opportunities and expectations. Mr Mnangagwa knows that reviving the agriculture sector will be one of the most important tests of his economic credentials. The race is on to entice commercial farmers back to their homeland.
David van Breda has a dry smile when asked if he has any advice for Zimbabwean farmers in Australia.
“If you are happy in Australia, stay there. But, the humour in this country is still here.
“The climate is still here, the soils are here. The path that we have all walked on in the past hundred years in this country has been up and down. But, I believe a lot of the historical problems have been resolved.”

{ 36 comments… add one }
  • Muphin 04/02/2018, 6:05 am

    I will NEVER return. Let the bastards who murdered my family starve.

    • Zoltan 04/02/2018, 8:31 am

      Very hard to comment after reading that Muphin.
      Good luck mate. All the best

      • Aktosplatz 04/02/2018, 9:26 am

        I second that Zoltan, all of the best, Muphin.

        My post below about younger people perhaps going there is not a soft response; I believe people from here should play the bastards at their own game – they want our skills?

        Then they can pay for it up front in a suitable foreign currency.

      • Botswana O'Hooligan 04/02/2018, 11:55 am

        Muphin, my mob walked off the land they had for five generations and luckily got here with their lives, penniless, and there is no way any of them will go back because it will happen all over again. Great grandad was right, keep them at yr feet else the bastards are at yr throat.

    • Jack Richards 04/02/2018, 9:31 am

      I can understand, and empathise with, your sentiments. I once dated a girl from Zambia who went to boarding school in Rhodesia in the early 70s. Her father, a Scot engineer, had moved to Zambia to develop the copper mines and processing plants. In any event, she used to relate the treatment they got from the Zambians; how, as a 12 year-old, she was pushed across the bridge over the Zambesi River with a sub-machine gun barrel in her back; how the local would get fired up about “colonialism” and come around to stone their house and smash, or steal, everything in sight while the Zambian Police looked on with indifference. She related how their lives were filled with fear; never knowing when the constant insults, vandalism and theft would turn to murder.

      Any white who took up this offer would have to be insane and have a death wish.

  • luk1955 04/02/2018, 7:17 am

    “But, I believe a lot of the historical problems have been resolved.”
    Ha ha ha ha ha……… That 3rd world shithole is still a SHITHOLE. Any farmer that believes the current batch of corrupt criminals known as politicians has changed its ways is in for a shock if he goes back to that SHITHOLE. Is that why all other countries in Africa are wallowing in filth, disease and destroyed environments? Are there any afro countries that have an average wage of over $100 USD? Not.

    Corruption and theft is what powers africa into alien status. Nothing will change until there are some more white people to show the 3rd world buggers how to prosper.

    The Don was right, right, right!!! It was long overdue for a politician in the west to say that many countries that we fund with our hard earned money stolen from us by politicians and given to such weasels are still and always will be SHITHOLES.

    • Muphin 04/02/2018, 7:43 am

      luke1955 .. Almost every country in Africa can be classified as a SHITHOLE.

  • Albert 04/02/2018, 7:49 am

    Mugabe may be gone but those who followed him are still there and it would be either a very brave man or a very stupid one who would take the risk that the terror wouldn’t start all over again.

    • Jack Richards 04/02/2018, 10:16 am

      You can guarantee that as soon as the land is cleared, the crops planted and harvested, and the white farmers start making a profit and living much better than the black farmers and much more successfully, the attacks will start again.

      People with low intelligence do not understand the complexity of running any sort of profitable enterprise. There are plenty here in Australia who actually believe that farming is a simple business. After all, all you have to do is plough the paddocks, throw in the seed, and then sit on your bum for a few months before you harvest it and make a huge profit. Similarly, all you need to do to raise beef cattle is get a bull, a score or so heifers, put them in a grassed paddock and come back next year to round up the calves to sell at the sale yards. See, it’s all so simple and requires hardly any actual work.

      That’s the theory that was held by Mugabe’s thugs and murderers – so they kicked out the whites and … well we see the result. Productive land returned to worthless bush; mongrelised live-stock of zero commercial value; infrastructure collapse because no-one was going to waste their time repairing fences and irrigation channels or dealing with weeds and pests. Ignorance is bliss they say.

      • TommyGun 04/02/2018, 8:23 pm

        Don’t forget the “mongrelised population of humans”…also of no value! 🙂

  • Graham Richards 04/02/2018, 8:08 am

    Zimbabwe could always put in a call to the new South African president in waiting, Cyril Ramaphosa. He has already stated, quite recently, that his government will speed up confiscation of white farms, without compensation. This by the way will pave the way for an agricultural revolution which will pave the way for a “garden of Eden” , an agricultural paradise & South Africa will feed the world.
    Those farmers still on the land in South Africa must, its an imperative, have contingency plans, to get out of there. It’s really almost impossible. Farms are worthless, afterall who is going to invest in land that will be confiscated. Genuine black farmers ( oxymoron) won’t pay the price.. why should they when biding their time their government will simply steal land & give it to them. That is after the best farms will be given to government ministers & their families first! Then as in Zimbabwe & elsewhere in Africa the land lies fallow And is reclaimed by the bush!
    For those interested Google ” The Great South African Land Scandal Any white farmer that returns to Africa needs his head examined. As soon as afarm is established & producing the land will be confiscated.
    Garden of Eden, my arse!

  • Pensioner Pete 04/02/2018, 8:12 am

    Stuff ’em and let the bastards starve. I note the South African government was recently baying for the white farmers to be forceably removed from their farms which are to be handed over to the blacks, just like what happened elsewhere in Africa. We even have similar situations here in Australia, where highly productive cattle properties were handed over to the Aboriginals, whereupon a once productive farm decayed into ruin. I recall one such property in WA within which the cattle starved to death a few years ago, the RSPCA refused to act on the cruelty, the state government made a few gestures to shut the press up, but at the end of the day, no punitive action was taken by the authorities over the neglect of the animals on that property.

  • Aktosplatz 04/02/2018, 8:25 am

    For younger farmers who have no memories of Rhodesia, may well be tempted. If so, stipulate a contract in 5 year lots; bonuses and gratuities at 7.5% payable in Australian or US Dollars in a bank outside Zimbabwe.

    Otherwise no-go.

    Also, remember that President Emmerson Mnangagwa (known as “Crocodile”) played an active part in the murder of all races including the ethnic cleansing of the Ndebele ( about 21,000) in 1982.

    African Nationalists in South Africa and what was Rhodesia, refused to allow white
    citizens their statehood, and instead, referred to them as “Settlers”, even white people who had been there for centuries.

    So employment in Zimbabwe should be on “Settler” conditions, viz. substantial payment in a suitable overseas currency.

    (Personally, I wouldn’t consider it)

  • Cliff 04/02/2018, 8:36 am

    I have (white) Zimbo friends who went to incredible effort and much expense to migrate to Australia who have gone back.

    • TommyGun 04/02/2018, 9:00 am

      Cliff,
      After what happened, I find that hard to understand. It would seem incredibly risky to me. Why did they go back? Trouble settling here or just so connected to the land they can’t resist?

    • Muphin 04/02/2018, 9:43 am

      IDIOTS !!!!

  • Lorraine 04/02/2018, 8:53 am

    The land you once owned , we will now give you a 99 year lease to work your butt off to feed the black bastards that killed most and once fed to the hilt may do so again. once bitten twice shy

  • Penguinite 04/02/2018, 9:30 am

    I imagine the dispossessed white farmers are queuing up to go back? 99 year leases! What a joke. More than enough time for Mugabe to be reincarnated. Except for a few small pockets of civilization The whole African continent is in turmoil from top to bottom.

    • Muphin 04/02/2018, 9:49 am

      luk1955 and myself, above. Have put it quite succinctly, Africa is a S.H.I.T.H.O.L.E.

      • Pensioner Pete 04/02/2018, 12:02 pm

        No doubts about that. Shithole is, shithole as.

      • Neville 04/02/2018, 7:42 pm

        “Shithole is as shithole does.” – Forrest Gump.
        Yes, problem for Africa generally is that it’s populated by people who’ve never climbed out of the stone age; pretty much as Australian aborigines were a couple of hundred years or so ago. Africa is – more or less – generally anthropologically pretty much exactly the same as when proto-humans stumbled outwards to other lands.

  • Jack Richards 04/02/2018, 10:04 am

    Back in 1923 my maternal grand-mother’s family migrated from Yorkshire-Lancashire. There was “granny” the family matriarch, her 2 sons and 3 daughters, 1 son-in-law and 2 grandchildren. The ship came via South Africa and docked in Durban for about a week. South African immigration officials boarded the ship and tried to entice the migrants to stay in South Africa rather than travel on to Australia. They made them a very good offer, instant employment with very good wages and a cash grant to stay. The boys were very swayed by the offer. Granny decided to have a good look around Durban. My grandmother used to relate the story of how Granny came back and said, “There are far too many blacks here. One day there’ll be trouble and the whites will be driven out”. So they stayed aboard and continued on to Melbourne. Quite a few on the ship did not. I’ll bet their descendants are ruing that decision.

  • LadyMoonlight 04/02/2018, 10:07 am

    I cannot understand any white person anywhere in Africa who remained after the blacks took over. Why? Why on earth would a white person not leave those places immediately? Surely they could see what was coming. I don’t get it. As for going back now…insanity. The blacks wanted their independence, now let them help themselves without any white intervention.

    • Graham Richards 04/02/2018, 11:29 am

      From experience I can tell you that “you can take the white man out of Africa, But you’ll never take Africa out of any African born white man”
      I’ve been in Brisbane for 29 years & I know!

      • Neville 04/02/2018, 7:47 pm

        A lot to do with the deep roots to the land one is born in, I’d imagine.
        That’s why I sort of admire anyone who makes the conscious and considered decision for whatever reason to leave their indigenous land and migrate – tough decision on the one hand, maybe compelling reasons on the other ..
        But really, I agree, LM; as soon as the intellectually and culturally inferior take over, it’s time to shoot through.

    • Aktosplatz 04/02/2018, 1:48 pm

      LM, over the years, up until the late 1950s, Britain was encouraging their own citizens to migrate to Rhodesia( and Kenya) to build a New Country. They even had a Special Office in London called Crown Agencies.

      Not to go for a quick buck, but go and put roots down for raising children and grandchildren, to become citizens of their new country in the British Commonwealth.

      And many did just that , especially after the two World Wars.

      In 1957, UK PM Harold Macmillan carried out a secret backflip by approaching for European Common Market Membership, without telling anyone else of course.

      He left it until 1960 when he told those British descended colonials in Kenya and Rhodesia that they had no future there anymore in a speech to the South African Parliament – his infamous “Winds of Change” speech.

      So those who had migrated there, raised children and grandchildren, were now told they had no future. People who had invested their all, opened businesses and employed Africans, were now aliens in their own land.

      Such people were now called “Settlers” instead of citizens by the new African Nationalist rulers.

      Many of them were in their 50s and 60s – so where could they go at that age? What sort of Old Age Pension would they have under their new Nationalist leaders who destroyed the economy and the value of the currency?

      They certainly were not welcome back in the UK, and became true economic refugees.

      I should know – being ex Northern and Southern Rhodesia.

    • TommyGun 04/02/2018, 8:28 pm

      One of the great unanswered questions of the universe, LM.

  • Graham Richards 04/02/2018, 10:56 am

    I have an electronic copy of The Great South African Land Scandal available. FREE. If anyone would like a copy I’ll happily email it to you!

  • Soroako 04/02/2018, 11:40 am

    Graham,

    I’d appreciate you sending a copy to:

    soroako@gmail.com

    Thank you.

  • Rossco 04/02/2018, 1:04 pm

    I’ve recently spoke to a Kenyan, of Indian decent who said that the Chinese are taking over Africa. Apparently they are exiling their criminals there never to return.

  • Aktosplatz 04/02/2018, 2:57 pm

    Here’s a realistic response via an editorial from the South African Independent On Line.

    Basically it says that nothing has changed in Zimbabwe, still a sh***ole.

    https://www.iol.co.za/news/opinion/mugabe-may-be-gone-but-his-aides-still-run-zimbabwe-13053407

    • TommyGun 04/02/2018, 8:27 pm

      You know the old saying: “Once a SHITHOLE, always a SHITHOLE!” :))

  • geoffrey 04/02/2018, 10:53 pm

    yes, graham wouldn’t mind a copy too, if that’s ok geoffrey.mcmaster@gmail.com thanks

  • Liam 28/06/2018, 6:46 am

    You have to have a screw loose to throw yourself back into that corrupt,socialist hell,life’s too short,go where your hard work and brains are appreciated,Zimbabwe/Rhodesia is gone.

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