South Africa: R34m farming materials go to waste
Ahhh – the type of article we have come to expect from South Africa these days. Here we have R34 million worth of farming tractors going to waste and being stripped by the local peoples…you can decide who they are. Each tractor, worth R500 000, are going rusty because the province’s agriculture department has failed to register them with the traffic department. Well, if it were my free R500 000 tractor I’d find the money to register it myself – why wait to get everything for free from government?? Oh, stupid me – these tractors are not meant for white farmers, they’re meant for the new emerging black farmers – who can’t even pay to register a tractor let alone run a successful farm (because if they were successful, they’d have the money to register tractor!). If they’re going to wait for the useless South African government to do the registering, then they’ll have to wait until Jesus comes (as our esteemed President, Lots-of-Children Zuma says about the chances of whites running South Africa again). In the meantime, the head of the province’s agriculture department, Nelisiwe Sithole (no, not Shithole), says she’s aware of the missing parts and has promised to take action (wow, she actually sounds like she means it – but we know better). Well, you have more chance of seeing Jesus again….you get the picture.
The Mpumalanga department of agriculture’s failure to distribute 85 tractors worth an estimated R34 million has resulted in most of them being stripped by thieves.
What a flop! The Mpumalanga department of agriculture’s failure to distribute 85 tractors worth an estimated R34 million has resulted in most of them being stripped by thieves.
The tractors were donated by President Jacob Zuma to boost needy farmers in Mpumalanga.
They have been gathering dust at the Matshiding playground near Siyabuswa in Mpumalanga since they were donated in June.
Sowetan reported last week that farmers were angry that five months after the donation they had yet to benefit from the equipment and plough the land.
Each tractor is worth just under R500 000, but they are getting rusty because the province’s agriculture department has failed to register them with the traffic department.
“We are really disappointed that our dreams as emerging farmers have been let down again,” said Mashike Mmekwa, a farmer from Lefiso village.
The tractors were part of a R500million government Masibuyele eMasimini programme which seeks to provide black farmers with hi-tech farming equipment.
In Mpumalanga, the project is managed by Ben Sibanyoni.
Nelisiwe Sithole, head of the province’s agriculture department, said she was aware of the missing parts and promised to take action.
The provincial agriculture department is not new to controversy involving the wasting of money.
Earlier this year Sowetan reported how officials in the department had squandered more than R100 million earmarked to help emerging farmers.