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Wild Life in South Africa
South Africa's bushveld and savannah regions are still home to large numbers of the mammals universally associated with Africa. rnrnThe Kruger National Park alone has well over 10 000 elephants and 20 000 buffaloes – in 1920 there were an estimated 120 elephants left in the whole of South Africa. rnrnThe white rhino has also been brought back from the brink of extinction and now flourishes both in the Kruger National Park and the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park in KwaZulu-Natal. Attention now is on protecting the black rhino. rnrnBoth these parks are home to all of the Big Five, as are other major reserves in South Africa – such as Pilanesberg in North West province – and numerous smaller reserves and private game lodges. rnrnrnrnRead more:
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Farmkilling in South Africa
Farm murders: Right wing seeks revengern2012-03-22 10:15rn rn Related LinksRevenge attack threats from right wing - reportrnRight-wing leader warns of bloodshedrnAndre Visagie attends Terre'Blanche trialrnRural safety plan almost done - ministryrnPrioritise farm attacks, says unionrn rnrnBloemfontein - A right wing leader says the general consensus of a "nood volksvergadering", or emergency meeting of the nation, on the issue of farm murders and the killing of white people in urban areas, was revenge attacks on black people. rnrnThe Mail & Guardian reports that about 100 people gathered for the meeting in Bloemfontein on Wednesday.rnrnAndre Visagie, leader of the Geloftevolk Republikeine, (Covenant People Republicans) said people were upset and wanted action. "They want to prepare for war. They want to set an ultimatum: for every single one of our people who is killed by a black person, 30 black people should be killed, because we are 30 times fewer than they are."rnrnVisagie for a short while led the AWB after the death of Eugene Terre'Blanche, and is best known for the "don't touch me on my studio" incident that followed. He said there were people who were tired of politics and legal avenues and who believed there was no other way to respond but to retaliate.rnrnVisagie said those present at the meeting had come from all over the country and could have presented a more radical grouping. He added he was worried about the threat of violence that had emanated from the meeting.rnrnShould there be a wave of murders of white people by black people now, there would be corresponding outbreak of violence, he said.rnrnPeople needed some kind of outlet for their anger and frustration, possibly by organising protest marches.rnrnVisagie said he was worried about people forming small groups and wreaking their own vengeancern
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28.08.2014 um 17:34 (UTC)
White Genocide in South Africa continues – Kill the boer, kill the farmer shouted outside school, Pretoria name to change
Pretoria, South Africa – The genocide against white Afrikaans speaking people in South Africa is continuing, they are also known as “boers”. Over the past few days a number of people were brutally murdered, some even had nothing stolen as black armed gangs target white people in South Africa.rnrnFirst of all the ANC wants to change the name of Pretoria to Tswane, Pretoria is one of the last renaming Afrikaans cities in the world. The name Pretoria they say must change to Tswane.rnrnThen there is the case where people from the “young communist league” shouted “kill the boer, kill the farmer” (in their own language) outside Free State Voortrekker Afrikaans High School. This blatant racism continues in South Africa and some racism goes under the guise of “transformation”.rnrnThe biggest hate speech is coming directly from the ANC, namely Julius Malema the ANC youth league leader that almost daily rants out against the minority white people of South Africa.rnrnRecently Julius Malema also recently said the following:rnrn“They do not participate in anything that is of national importance, they do not observe national days, they do not support national initiatives,”rnrn“… they do not care about the development of this country, they are forever obsessed with whether they are going to be attacked or robbed.”rnrnHe was referring to white people in South Africa.rnrnSo he thinks all white people care about is if they are going to be attacked or robbed, mostly elderly people are tortured to death with hot irons, people are strangled with their own telephone cords and there is a total onslaught against Afrikaans culture and the Afrikaans people of South Africa. They do in fact have a reason to “worry” as evidence shows.rnrnMaybe Julius Malema should starting thinking why white people while being disarmed with new gun laws are afraid of being attacked. That is probably because they are under threat constantly as South Africa slides into the next Zimbabwe.rnrnWe ask again Is there a silent Genocide in South Africa?rn
Farm attacks
New forms of debate are neededrnrnSouth Africans will have to engage in new forms of debates and form new strong partnerships in order to address and ultimately eradicate the scourge of farm attacks in this beloved country, says Jan Hofmeyr, director of the Institute of Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town, in the last article of our series about the subject of farm attacks. rn rnrnHofmeyr in an interview also warned that there is increasing polarisation in the national debates on farm attacks. Creating a solution for this problem would require new inclusive forms of debates.rnrnStakeholders in opposing camps, across social and economic policy spectrums are becoming increasingly combative. And for the same reason, the situation is becoming increasingly untenable.rnrnSouth Africans in all spheres should have done more to avert situations like this, where they seem to be driven to the brink.rnrn“Economic injustice, of course, represents our society’s most pronounced fault-line, but the origins and consequences of its deep structural roots cannot possibly be eradicated overnight.rnrn“In the absence of quick-fix solutions, we need to find new ways of talking to each other and to invest in existing institutions that hold the potential to expedite more inclusive forms of social transformation,” he says.rnrnHofmeyr says South Africa would have to return to the inclusive forums of debates that existed between the ANC and the NP prior to 1994 which preceded the dawn of a new dispensation.rnrnThe problem is that the people who share the table to discuss the issues, often share the same ideas and views. In discussing the farm attacks, the country needs more stakeholders from opposite poles to debate the issues.rnrnIf they share the table without anybody pulling rank in terms of position or seniority, they would be able to better understand one another’s anxieties and the emotive content of the attacks or the political history of struggle songs.rnrnMarginalisedrnrnTony Ehrenreich, provincial secretary of Cosatu for the Western Cape in another interview claimed that the marginalisation and poor treatment of farm workers by farmers contribute to the unstable and volatile climate in rural areas.rnrnRecently a farmer in Philippi killed a worker with his bare hands. Farmers try and pay their workers a bare minimum. If there are more equality and better housing conditions, the whole environment in rural areas will improve, he added.rnrn“To a large extent, the cycle of abuse and violence is driven by the conduct of farmers. For example, the dop-system is still a legacy of apartheid.rnrn“What we need, is a fundamental mind-shift from famers. There is a need for partnerships between farmers and farm workers,” he said. Empowering workers by making them minority financial partners in the profits will contribute to the improved safety in the rural areas, as workers then have an interest in what happens on the farm.rnrnA national indaba on farm attacks could make a contribution to addressing the situation, but only if it focuses on the real issues and is honest. It should also focus on intolerance and racism amongst groups, and the level of inequality that still exists in rural areas, he added.rnrnThe trade union Solidarity, however is on record for challenging claims like those put forward by Ehrenreich, saying that only 1.25% of the 2 300 farm murders during the past 20 years are attributable to poor labour relationships between workers and farmers. Many of the murders were committed by common criminals.rnrnSolidarity has also questioned the political will and true commitment of the government to address farm murders, saying a pandemic like this needs to be higher up on the political agenda of the government.rnrnDr Pieter Mulder, deputy-minister of agriculture and leader of the Freedom Front Plus, has warned that generalisations which are made as if the relationships between commercial farmers and their workers are poor, are totally wrong and based upon propaganda and assumptions.rnrnAndré Botha, head of Agri SA’s rural and safety committee, says their members are happy to work with the South African Police Service (SAPS) in sector policing initiatives and insists they can in this way deter farm attacks.

"With the sector policing system, our involvement in the rural safety plan - and the fact that we are involved in the reservist system - just keeps us that one pace ahead."rnrnBotha also expressed his gratitude to the government for the Rural Safety Strategy.rnrnRecently he told the Carte Blanche TV-programme: "We are very happy with the political will that has been executed by the government, we think that the minister of police is doing an excellent job, and he has our full support."rnrnNathi Mthethwa, the minister of police, said the SAPS launched the Rural Safety Strategy late in 2010 and now need to make sure that this strategy draws in farm workers, commercial and small farmers, as well as local rural communities themselves. Despite government's new Rural Safety Strategy, many communities still choose to undertake their own security, especially in Gauteng where 38% of reported farm attacks take place.rnrnAnd, it is exactly the partnerships between farmers and the SAPS, between the food producers and the farm workers as well as with private security firms that could form the basis of a safer rural environment.rnrnB.P. Greyling, farmer of the year in 2011 and a food producer in the Wakkerstroom-area in Mpumalanga, told Landbouweekblad, that he has doubled his herd of sheep since 1994 in spite of the fact that 360 000 jobless people dwell within a radius of 30 kilometres of his farm. (Source: Landbouweekblad, 23 December 2011).rnrnHe has formed partnerships with the SAPS and has also empowered his workers and trained them in intelligence-gathering. He has also written an area safety plan that currently serves as the official security plan for the whole of the Wakkerstroom-area.rnrnCurrently, he and 15 of his workers are active as police reservists. Thanks to his partnership with the SAPS, his safety plan for the area and his excellent relationship with his workers as well as their diligent conduct, Greyling doesn’t need to lock his diesel tank, workshop or any other building on his farm.rnrn“If something gets lost in an isolated incident, everybody stands together to follow up leads and arrest the guilty party,” he says.rnrnThere is no quick-fix to the farm attacks in South Africa, no easy solutions and no simple formula to address the problems facing food producers.rnrnYet, an inclusive, wide-ranging national indaba as well as the strengthening of the partnerships between the farmers, their associations, employees and the SAPS might go some way to improve the turbulence in rural areas.rnrn
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