I’ve travelled the length and breadth of SA for the past decade and continue to be intimately involved in people development within the educational, cultural and economic spheres. My job deals with transformation in the agricultural sector, and what a privilege it is to be part of so many agricultural projects that are successful. In all instances such success is the result of win-win partnerships between black, coloured and white farmers who respect one another. However, I’ve also seen many agricultural projects that have failed. Once thriving farms are destroyed due to a lack of support, expertise, mismanagement, corruption, lack of partnerships and conflict between beneficiaries. A critical success factor that runs like a golden tread throughout the many successful agricultural projects is ownership of land. For many black and coloured farmers this issue is the biggest constraint, because the land on which they farm cannot be used as security to access finance. Policy pronounceme...

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