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It is well known by Minister Molewa (DEA), Mr Gwede Mantashe (SG of the ANC) and especially Minister Nkwinti, all of whom we have had discussions with, that WRSA is dedicated to finding a solution to the problem of agricultural development, transformation and land reform. As an industry, we are dedicated to the financial, agricultural and conservation wellbeing of South Africa.
WRSA believes that these matters are critical to the future of our beloved country. Whenever these very sensitive issues are raised, emotions threaten to run wild, hampering the process of finding a just and equitable solution.
So firstly, we call for calm.
Minister Molewa knows of our efforts and she knows that our stance is supportive, but we emphasise clearly that the cornerstone of the approaches of all involved, and any final plan, must prioritise the basics of our country’s Constitution, human rights, the law, free market principles and of course the importance of ensuring the economic viability of agriculture and food security in South Africa.
WRSA has applied these principles over the past year or two and, in my view, much progress has been made. We as game ranchers were very pleased to hear Minister Nkwinti recognise the need for game ranchers to be exempt from the 5000ha limit for big farms (although we do not necessarily support the question of a land ceiling and have openly advised against its blanket application). Clearly, our industry has grown from being ‘a threat to food security’ to one that is recognised and supported by government.
Now, again, Minister Molewa has recognised the importance of our industry as the cornerstone of her sustainable utilisation policies.
WRSA therefore intends to continue and intensify our good faith and open dialogue with Ministers Molewa and Nkwinti, their teams and all other relevant individuals and departments.
Issued by Erika Alberts: firstname.lastname@example.org
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