A woeful tale of misguided land reform

South Africa’s attempt to correct history by purchasing farms from whites and giving them to blacks has been a failure. The farms are either languishing or dead. Apartheid is gone, but racial tension is gaining strength in the realm of agriculture.

South Africa’s attempt to correct history by purchasing farms from whites and giving them to blacks has been an absolute failure. The farms are either languishing or dead. Apartheid is gone, but racial tension is gaining strength in the realm of agriculture.

South Africa's land reform target, to give 30 percent of commercial farmland to blacks by 2014, has been put back a decade, and will cost an additional $10 billion.

About 90 percent of the redistributed farms have failed, leaving idle nearly 15 million acres of once productive farmland, about 6 percent of South Africa's arable land.

See the following L.A. Times article by Robyn Dixon: Failure of South African land reform

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