Cyril lauds our farming success - but expropriation will kill it

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Cyril lauds our farming success - but expropriation will kill it

Idea of a weak state widening its powers to take assets belonging to others, instead of helping farmers, is a red flag

Michael Morris

Optimism is probably South Africans’ most ironic quality – and an asset you would imagine it would be foolish to take for granted.

If optimism hardly makes sense given the socioeconomic crisis SA confronts due to policies and managerial incompetence that deepen rather than address joblessness, the energy crisis, deficiencies in education, low economic growth, declining municipal services, capital flight and vulnerability to crime, you would have thought policymakers would at least pay some attention to what does work and why.

After all, these are the only things that stimulate hope, that persuade people that persisting, despite the odds, is worthwhile. Which is why, the most striking 19 words in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s deflating address on October 15 on what the government imagines is an economic recovery plan were: “Our agricultural sector has continued to grow, with a bumper maize harvest and the expansion of many high-value crops.”..

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