He’s always wanted to own his own piece of land but found it impossible.
There’s no secret that 3-4 million people living in South Africa. Why they are living there if this is a success story.
Why we importing food 14 years; this is the 15th year will be importing food on a consecutive basis. It’s not working.” For the black majority however, it’s working. With lots of cash from tobacco, Percy has invested in property; purchasing several houses in Harare.
She was living in a rented accommodation in the capital Harare with her husband and five children. Play with mud: you make money.” Unemployment But not everyone is making money from the land.
The family was struggling before they were given a 250-hectare plot in 2007. Charles Taffs is the president of Commercial Farmers Union, representing mainly white farmers.
Percy says the former owner of his farm shook hands, handed over the keys and left on good terms. It was our land in the first place.” Penny, another farmer, was born into a farming family but says, like most black Zimbabweans, it was too expensive for him to buy any land.
“As far as I know, the farmer who used to own this farm left nicely, without any harm at all. Because of the land reform, he was allocated a 6-hector farm in 2002.But many black farmers feel the sacrifice was well worth it.For Percy, farming is in his blood – he started working for a white farmer in 1977.To him and his members, land reform has been disastrous.Charles said: “Look at our GDP, for example, look at the unemployment, and look at the exodus of people.After a bumpy start, the new land-owners feel they have exceeded expectations.