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Zimbabwe begins paying white farmers who had land expropriated

Last month, 737 farmers registered for the compensation, according to the Treasury.
More farmers to receive payments. Picture: Bloomberg News

Zimbabwe’s government began compensating white commercial farmers whose land was expropriated, an agriculture lobby group said.

Twenty-eight farmers received payments of RTGS$55 000 ($8 748) each on Friday, Ben Gilpin, director of the Commercial Farmers Union, said by phone from the capital, Harare. More of them will receive payments tomorrow, he said.

Zimbabwe’s government in 2000 seized farms belonging to mostly white commercial farmers and replaced them with black farmers, saying the move was meant to redress colonial imbalances. The southern African country has budgeted RTGS$53 million ($8.4 million) this year for compensation.

Last month, 737 farmers registered for the compensation, according to the Treasury.

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Just finished RW Johnson’s latest book. Highly recommended if you want to understand what is going on in SA and where we are headed. In the last chapter he makes mention of Samora Machel in Harare in 1980. Machel said to Mugabe: “Do whatever you want, Robert , but don’t get rid of your whites” (if only the politicians in SA would read the book).

Keep this article for 20 years and re-issue. All you need to do is replace ‘Zimbabwe’ with ‘South Africa’.

The real intention of the Zim government was not to redress colonial imbalances – it was Mugabe last political trump card to stay in power – sacrificing farming, the economy and Zim in the process.

Just trying to pull the wool over the eye’s of foreign investors. The sums offered are not worth anything. It is RTGS$. Use the black market rate to convert not the “official”.

You can buy nothing with it but anything is better than nothing. What a cruel joke. I guess in Zimbabwe “You reap what you sow” has more meaning that anywhere else in the world.

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