- President Cyril Ramaphosa has heaped praise on black farmers and in particular on Afasa for challenging how South Africans perceive black farmers
- The president said since being established Afasa has worked tirelessly to challenge historical and social attitudes faced by black farmers based purely on their race
- Ramaphosa said his administration was committed to land reform and would support black farmers in order to ensure a successful and fruitful future for all South Africans
President Cyril Ramaphosa has heaped praise on black farmers and gave special mention to the African Farmers Association of South Africa (Afasa) during a glittering gala dinner in Johannesburg on Monday night.
Ramaphosa said successful black farmers and Afasa, in particular, had done a stellar job in challenging how ordinary South Africans perceive black farmers. Ramaphosa said since Afasa was established some seven years ago the organisation had worked tirelessly to challenge historical and social attitudes facing black farmers because of their race.
The president said Afasa had done incredible work in proving that black farmers could make a success of commercial farming despite facing additional external pressures caused by historical dispossession.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Ramaphosa said Afasa was helping to redefine what the term farmer meant in South Africa and through various projects the organisation had proved that black farmers could contribute to food security, economic growth and greater prosperity for their communities.
Ramaphosa reaffirmed the ANC-led government’s commitment to enacting and successfully delivering its promise of land reform. He said land reform was critical to redress the historical imbalances of the past.
Maroelamedia.co.za reported that the president added that his administration would support black farmers in order to ensure their success which would lead to greater prosperity for all South Africans.
Ramaphosa noted that the land in the country should be shared by all South Africans who wanted nothing more than to work the land. He said it was critical that those who embarked on such a journey receive the proper support from the government.
Ramaphosa said he was heartened to see the current robust and at times emotional debate surrounding land expropriation in the country. He said the ongoing land debate should be seen as a way for South Africans of all races and creeds to unite and not to fight one another.
He said now was the time for white and black farmers to work together with the state in order to successfully implement land reform. Ramaphosa said this could and should lead to a more just and equitable society.
Ramaphosa finished by saying that making a success of land reform would build a truly united country which could move towards a brighter future in unison.
The event was attended by various high-profile guests which included Afasa president Vuyokazi Mahlati and Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana.
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