Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Hmmm, now where have I heard a story like that before?

'Some 90% of farms redistributed to South Africa's black population from white farmers are not productive, the government has said...

...The BBC's Pumza Fihlani in Johannesburg says some black farmers are likely to argue that they have been struggling to get the resources and skills to develop their land.'

Question: what mysterious force of nature gave 'the resources and skills' to develop land to white farmers, and equally mysteriously withheld those things from black farmers?

I think we should be told.

I'm racking my brains to remember some great government training scheme for white farmers in Rhodesia or South Africa during apartheid, and my mind is coming up a blank. Or maybe there was a secret army of large-scale farming fairies who went around blessing the farms of white men, while unfairly ignoring black ones.

Could be.

Or maybe white farmers worked extremely hard to garner the relevant knowledge, skills and resources to run large-scale productive farming, and the black ones didn't.

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