One of the most important articles I've read since 1994
Mining - Anger flares up
"War is going to break out here. Remember what happened in Burundi. Brother turned against brother over the miderals and the land. You are bringing a blood-bath to South Africa."
"If I were you, I would rather go away," Edward Raselabe of the Leshiba community forum told employees of Coal of Africa (CoAL) at a community meeting day before yesterday.
Raselabe said he and his tribe members own much land in the Limpopo River Valley thanks to successful land reform claims.
But, according to him, the SA government gives transfers the land to the rightful owners, just to take it away again by giving the mineral rights to mining houses.
But Mashudu Ramanu, who's business, Terracotta Resources, holds shars in CoAL, said the extraction of coal in the area north of the Soutpansberg should be seen as a “sunshine opportunity”.
Cobus Bronn, a manager at CoAL told the people in the packed hall that this mining house holds prospecting rights for all its projects in the Limpopo River Valley (at various stages of planning) on some 78,000 ha land. This is equal to 156,000 rugby fields that will create 920 job opportunties.
Jack Klaff, member of the Vhembe Mineral Resources Stakeholders’ Forum, said he wanted to know where CoAL will get water for all its ambitious projects in this dry area. “If you going to dig that hole here in Thsipise, it will be as big as 3,000 rugby fields.”
On a question as to what the mine house will be doing with the hundreds of Boabab trees on the farm Voorburg, Marietjie Eksteen, environmental consultant, said CoAL understands the trees are endangered and will be relocated.
The above article was translated from Afrikaans: "Mynbou – woede vlam op.", Die Vryburger - October 22, 2013
The most important message gained from the above is that there is much more to land redistribution than meets the eye and Edward Raselabe should go down in history as the man who woke-up South Africa to the truth about land redistribution as the disguise for nationalisation of land in favour of mining houses.
I have always maintained that no one has the ability to manipulate Africa as much as liberals. Liberals always appease African states and governments to exploit them, such as the owners of mining houses.
Not long ago all mineral rights in South Africa were taken away from land owners and transferred to the SA government, all in preparation for land redistribution aimed at getting land cheaply for mining houses.
Land Redistribution is a Government Scam to Acquire Land Cheaply for Mining Houses
What seems to be happening here is that white farmers are bought out by the SA government and their land is then registered in the names of blacks or tribal communities so that government could allow mining houses to dig up the land for minerals.
The catch is that the white farmers are paid out based on standard property valuations, which is much less than what mining houses would have had to pay those farmers for the same land had it been for mining purposes. In so doing the Government and mining houses are washing hands. The black tribes think they are getting land and the white farmers are satisfied with the prices paid for on that premise, while the ANC government and mining houses are laughing all the way to the bank. Mining houses are getting free access to the land, because government now has the say.
This is a form of nationalisation of land to benefit mining houses.
In the end the white farmers are "satisfied", because they THINK they were paid what they THOUGHT were market-related prices, while they should have been paid MUCH more had the mining houses bought it from them, but once again the blacks are being exploited, because they are held to believe that they were getting land, while it is nothing other than a scam to get the land cheaply on behalf of the mining houses.
Blacks are thus left, not with land, but with huge holes in the earth and mining houses, well as always they are smiling all the way to the bank, while the ANC elite are getting richer by the hour.
The mining house is selling this exploition on job creation. On 156,000 rugby fields the mining houses will be creating only 920 jobs, or one job per 170 rugby fields.
Nationalisation of mines, irrespective of which party is supporting it, is always aimed at exploitation and the DA have been pushing for redistribution of land as hard as the ANC with the same intention of opening the doors to the mining houses. The EFF, the ANC's bad-cop role-players, have been pushing for nationalisation of the land and mines, the same as the ANC and the DA. All are talking the same language, just using different dialects.
It seems that South Africa was sold, not to the communist ANC, but to the mining houses, all of which have been strong supporters of the ANC for decades already and clearly with good reason.
In the end the joke is on the gullible SA public, because the farmers, the whites, the blacks, coloureds and Indians are all equal losers in the same monopoly game.
Give people the land they’re living on
"That Bantustan land belonged to the state, and still does. The estimated 16 million black people in the old Bantustans still do not own the land they are living on.
It belongs to the state, and is held “in trust” by the traditional chiefs.
That is why the people living on that land do not develop it. It’s not theirs.
And they have no security of tenure, because the chief can evict them if they should fail to show him sufficient fealty.
The women, particularly, have no rights whatsoever, not even of inheritance should a husband die.
It is an outrageous feudal system that the ANC sustains because the chiefs can deliver their vassals to the polling booths every five years.
So I say to the government, if you are serious about land redistribution, just give those people in the old Bantustans the land they are living on. It’s yours. Give it to them, free, with title deeds."
"Years ago, in its desperate last-minute efforts to reform, the apartheid regime gave anyone who had been living in Soweto [and Mamelodi and most other black townships] for 20 years ownership of the properties they had been renting from local authorities or, in the Verwoerd years, the Department of Bantu Administration and Development.
If the apartheid regime could do it, why can’t the government of liberation do the same for everybody living in every township and informal settlement, all on land the state in its various forms owns across the country?"
'Oorlog kom’ oor minerale' ('War coming over minerals')