'I want them to benefit from the profits': Free State farmer gives his workers land

'I want them to benefit from the profits': Free State farmer gives his workers land

- Eddie Prinsloo sold his farm to the government

- His precondition was that his workers should get the land

- The workers are now waiting for title deeds from the government

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A 63-year-old farmer in Smithfield, Free State, is giving his workers land so they too can share in the profits of farming.

According to Huffington Post, Eddie Prinsloo sold his farm to the government two years ago on the condition that his workers should get land on it.

His farmworkers are now waiting for title deeds to the respective pieces of the 1,500 hectares of land, Briefly.co.za gathered.

Eddie, his family and farmworkers. Source: Huffington Post

Eddie, his family and farmworkers. Source: Huffington Post

Eddie explained his motivation:

In 1994, I wanted to give them [farmworkers] one of my farms, but it didn't work. They do all the work but they do not benefit. I wanted them to benefit from the profits.
I offered my farm to the government and they bought it from me, but there were two conditions. I wanted to do it for my workers, my people, not strangers.

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Eddie inherited a farm from his father in 1975 and bought four more. Source: Huffington Post

Eddie inherited a farm from his father in 1975 and bought four more. Source: Huffington Post

Eddie said he is prepared to assist his workers to run successful farms, adding that they can use his farm equipment for the time being.

He emphasised that black farmers are the "best farmers:"

It is not true that black farmers cannot farm. They are the best farmers, but we have to educate them and teach them how to deal with management.
They need to be taught how to plan, that is what we white farmers have to teach them. Both black and white farmers are important for food security. Let us not underestimate anyone.

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Some of Eddies workers have worked on his farms since 1988. Source: Huffington Post

Some of Eddies workers have worked on his farms since 1988. Source: Huffington Post

Eddie's workers expressed gratitude for his gesture. Tshidiso Sphaphathe, who has worked for him since 1988, said:

I feel so happy. A lot of people will not do what Eddie is doing for us. Many white people won't help with anything. My family is very happy, they really did not expect Eddie to help me like this.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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