South Africa: The Promised Presidential Investment in Agriculture Needs to Heal the Land and Its People


Will the pledged investment in South Africa's agricultural sector restore the country, return the sense of belonging and ignite dignity? Will it heal the land and its people? The answer lies in the soil.

The party bus

The week of 4 November: the week in which every dark cloud in South Africa turned green and that with a golden lining. The Presidential Investment Conference was shadowed by a triumphant team, Siya Kolisi showcasing the golden hardware - sharing their gold in the country of gold where gold is rarely shared. A euphoric wave of optimism propelled the green party bus forward - a bus fuelled by an expectant hope that "if they can taste gold, so can I". This bus represents the weaving together of multiple stories galvanised by the desire of a team, an underdog, to succeed, and an iron will to achieve. Succeed they surely did, and so can I. Nobody is thus a nobody. Nobody is too poor not to perform, or to excel and to join the party bus.

While every cent of the pledged R363-billion raised during the Presidential Investment Conference is highly commendable and should be praised and gratefully received, does it distil the...

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