South Africa: Former Lipton Tea Plantation Collapses under Inept Black Management

More than 2,000 workers have lost their jobs in the latest South African “land reform” project—which seizes white farms and hands them over to Africans—as one of the country’s largest tea plantations, formerly run by Lipton Teas international, has totally collapsed into weeds after less than ten years in black hands.
Democratic Alliance provincial leader Jacques Smalle accompanied by the party’s Shadow Minister of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries Annette Steyn, photographed while visiting the ruined tea estate. 

The collapse of the Makgoba Tea Estate (previously known as Sapekoe Tea Estate) near the northern town of Tzaneen contrasts strongly with the plantation’s heyday under white management, when it employed over 6,400 people and was one of the country’s largest suppliers of tea to both local and export markets.
The plantation was operated by international tea maker Lipton since the 1960s, but in 2006, the estate was however taken over by the ANC government in 2006 as part of the “land restitution program” and saw over 600 African families being moved on to the farm to run it.
The ANC also injected over 65 million Rand in “investment” and “loans” to the Africans who all claimed to be “farmers” and “original residents.”
A visit this past week to the estate by a local newspaper, the Bosveld Review, found however that all the fixtures had been stolen, the buildings stripped and desolate, and the formerly pristine rows of tea trees left to be overrun with wild weeds and bush.
According to the newspaper, the surviving tea bushes had been left to grow up to 10 feet high; “the agricultural infrastructure had been stripped and removed from the property and opportunities to create employment looked bleak as planned projects had come to little.”
A forensic report marked ‘for internal use only’ confirmed that the estate was stripped of assets in excess of R121 million and subsequently, in 2011 the department became the caretaker of the estate, the paper quoted local opposition politician Jacques Smalle from the “Democratic Alliance” party.
Smalle said the department appointed the Greater Tzaneen Economic Development Agency to develop a business plan and pumped R65 742 000 into the dilapidated estate between 2011 and 2015.
“It is now clear that no farming activity has taken place for years.
“Deteriorating tractors, pickups and graders belonging to the Limpopo Economic Development Agency (Leda) were found on site. It then begs the question what the R65 million was spent on, as it is evident that [the Limpopo Economic Development Agency] Leda has done nothing to revitalize this project,” said Smalle.

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  1. It looks like a better Chicago. Lol

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  2. At first I was surprised, but after thinking about it, I'm NOT surprised.

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  3. Thats why they are heading to Europe to live a life on benefits.

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    1. No - not all of are black savages. I am at the point of leaving, because there is no work left for a white person with a background in computer forensics - mostly, because all the computers either broke down or are stolen, you blundering id10t!

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    2. I think anonymous was referring to all the black Africans invading Europe who live on the dole.

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  4. This is what inevitably happens when government takes property (steals) from those who own it, and gives it away to people who don't own it, haven't earned or paid for it, have no money to manage it, and have no idea how to managing it or anything.

    Having been employed on a farm doesn't qualify you for management of that or any farm. Management is far more difficult than simple employment. Taking land and businesses from its owners and managers and giving it to the ignorant employees, simply because they were once employed there, guarantees collapse of that industry. It's one of the most stupid things a government can do. "Land reform" Is just a moniker for massive government theft writ large, which _always_ leads to job losses, collapse of industry, poverty, and destitution. "Land reform" has _never_ benefited any society or economy, but just the opposite.

    When will people learn that socialism always results in this sort of tragedy? Always. Socialism kills. Socialism is NOT an economic system. Socialism cannot manage economics, it can only disrupt it. When you disrupt successfully functioning economic systems, this is the inevitable result - Job losses, collapse of industry, poverty, and destitution; Everybody looses!

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    1. So what went before the new SA was a 'successfully functioning economic system?' Hmm. Heaven save us from such low bar setters. BTW - that system that lifted Europe and Japan out the post-war abyss was largely termed 'socialist.' Apartheid South Africa had a selective socialist program called apartheid. It lifted an impoverished group out of the mess of the boer war to practice the free market nightmare most South Africans still live in. All those free school books and pencils and free treatment in state hospitals back in the day? We paid for those services in tax, not through expensive insurance providers that the less economically advantaged majority cannot afford. You want good farmers. Teach them for free like in many of the most advanced education systems driving many social democracies in the north.

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    2. Well said. Regardless of race, it's doomed to failure from the outset.

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    3. Before the "land reform" the business was profitable and everyone was happy. Now it has degenerated right back to nothing under the hands of greedy fools. The rest of South Africa is heading the same way.

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    4. I beg to differ - 2 other tea plantations in the Eastern Cape, as well as an orange farm , and a dairyfarm has ended up exactly the same way. Russells point is valid - Socialism the way the EFF and Communist party sees it is exactly that. You cannot sugar coat socialism and tell me its the saviou of South Africa, as NOWHERE in the world has socialism been a success, Ive travelled to Russia, Latvia, Croatia and the Ukraine - If you think that south africa has a disparity between poor and rich - You have a BIG surprize on the way

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    5. the layman enquirer: that system that lifted Europe and Japan out the post-war abyss was largely termed 'socialist.'
      Layman, have you lived in Europe or in Japan? Do you know by which price the social system operates? I am a Russian. I have be born in a social country. My family and all others payed a high price to build such country. Do not talk if you have not idea how it was build.

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    6. Hi Russel

      I think our choice of words on such platforms gives us an indication of what goes on in our minds and our perspective on the greater scheme of things.

      The notion that "governments" steal and that the government of the day is running the country to the ground is one I would urge you to review [for the lack of a better word]. No European came to Africa with even a spec of sand let alone land. That bit that they [white SACans] hold and have, had the privilege to have it trickled down for generations as a byproduct of a terrible past.

      Simply put we all have the capacity to learn, to lead, to run governments, run business and to oppress mind you [it's not a skill privileged to one race]. The challenges arise when one race thinks that they are more capable over the other because of the colour of the skin.

      A number of white South Africans are where they are today not because they fought or worked extra hard nor are they from humble beginnings. The system was designed for the sole benefit of the minority over the indigent majority. Where health care, education, decent job opportunities, recreational facilities, churches, brothels, beer halls and pubs, you name them were not distinguished by class as I know it but by an idiots idea of a supreme white nation.

      You cannot wake up one morning and have the audacity to tell me the yester years were better because you had a thriving economy and decent jobs. A thriving economy designed for one race and decent jobs built on the sweat of the blacks.

      Trust me I too wish South Africa can out grow its racial past which is super alive today. Where my capacity and not the colour of my skin empowers me.

      That time will come, it's unfortunatly not now. We still need more land reform, South Africa needs more stringent restitution programs that will speak to lifting not from poverty but from mental slavery, capacitating the black South African with the confidence to govern and the arrogance to shine, in the process opening a world of opportunity to all those who live among us irrespective of race. 23 years is too little buddy.

      We need more farms to collapse, more mines to shut down, more scholls to delabidate and more roads to be ignored. We need the state coffers to run dry and the rivers to follow.

      Let those with visaless passes to Europe do what comes first in mind and we will build our nation from the ashes, the way we want to.

      I can't stand it when people think the South Africa they once enjoyed has past and will never be again. If that's how you feel, it's a free country and a free and open world do what makes you sleep at night.

      Those who want to build this country will step out of their manicured back yards, get dirty and build. Weather you black, white, orange or gold mine is simple to stop whining.

      None of our ancestors had it easy, why should we.

      Some one messed this world up, some will fix it... With or without you; and the terms we will negotiate as we go.

      Yekani ukubanga isidina nani lana. No one owes you a thing.

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    7. Howzit Smokey.

      Please understand that your view is not true nor false. However I am one of many poor whites in SA. Yes there are many poor blacks due to...many reasons including unsafe sex. To continuously blame whites for your problems would be racist.

      The ANC have stolen so much money they could have paid all south African citizens 1 million rand cash to go on about their daily lives as they saw fit, IE buy houses, farms, businesses etc ...

      Apartheid was actually separate development. Blacks actually had the cream of the crop regarding rainfall areas (LAND) and many minerals too (The largest platinum reserves in the world) The whites are the problem...Please understand they are the solution...

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  5. Typical, just another way to launder money and get rid of whites who CAN do the job. These blacks elevate themselves grandly, but have not got what it takes to farm, laziness, incompetence, uneducated, greed and racism are their main downfall

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  6. Lol what is new?

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  7. America's future if we allow the riff raff causing problems now to do so.

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  8. Africa was never meant to be civilized

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    1. Agree. I shared the article in a group in Mozambique. Now they said it is racism. Mozambique is the worst place. Imcopetence people in all sectors.

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  9. Tragic, and how many more times is it going to happen before we can get it stopped? Rather than just handing over land willy nilly, employees could own shares in the successful farming projects and share in the profits.

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  10. What more proof does one need to be a white supremacist? Whites made this farm productive. Blacks ruined it as always.

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  11. This is one of a few they destroyed.
    Check out Magwa tea near Lusikisiki in the Transkei. Also a tea plantation. Staff never got paid etc... Normal gravity 9.8 m per sec squared...

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  12. My husband and myself used to live and work at Sapekoe Tea Estate and it is so heartsore to see what has happened. It used to be a fully productive tea estate and was beautiful. We had a tea garden / restaurant and had visitors by the dozen daily. Even a running guest house was on the farm. This is very sad!

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  13. A Negroid is a Negroid is a Negroid.

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  14. This is what happens when you turn to government for solutions. This is going to be Zimbabwe all over again. Investors will lose confidence in government and in the end we will witness societal collapse.
    In the case at hand the government's priority is to get Lipton out and re-assign ownership of the land without setting up anyone to manage and organize it. Sadly the politicos are patting themselves on the back for "Mission Accomplised".

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  15. Everyone knows what South Africa will be like when the "transfer” of white-owned property and businesses is completed: Zimbabwe. Black South Africans will have even less than they have now.

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  16. There is very little to not understand and its always the people who demand the changes that have run away. Take the people who helped overthrow the Smith government in Zim, do you think they live there now, NO. Why not, because they were ostracised. Take the white folk in South Africa that assisted in the struggle: they are ostracised. The only way forward is to rid ourselves of racisism and that means acknowledge that white people left here in South Africa are not the racists but the people who prefer to enrich themselves and hand over farms ARE. Nothing comes from getting things for free not self satisfaction or the confidence that you can achieve. And black people will always use the excuse of the past: FOREVER. When can people use people at what they are best at whatever your color, to continue to deminish the GDP by implementing ridiculous land reforms like they contuinue to do is suicide. But then maybe the people who are doing it are going to get the hell out like our beloved leader will. It seams to me that cultural aspects of black people versus democracy are too far apart to coexist in an african scenario. My forefathers have been here 100 years before Chaka Zulu existed and I am called a foreigner: I actually in my opinion have more right over the land than most people that came from the north after my forefathers arrived: so I am more african than the black people here.

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  17. South Africa - the country of my birth - moving from expediency through lunacy to criminality and well on its way to penury. But then that is what blacks do.

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  18. Only one in ten of all 'liberated' farms is now producing food, as the Negroes have not got the intellect to run them.

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  19. Hahaha, Just as every other farming activity under the ANC banner has failed, like the Zebedela Outspan Orange Farm failed one of the biggest export fresh fruit industries, the Milk farms in Northern Transvaal and so on and so forth. They are under the Zionist communist influence and is well on their way destroying Farming and food production in South Africa.

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