PRETORIA, South Africa -- The United Nation Food and Agriculture Organization's "hunger map" which is reproduced here, proves at a glance how South Africa's remaining 40,000 'white" farmers still are managing to keep chronic famine away, even though the rest of the sub-continent always teeters on the edge of starvation these days.
President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa however, continues his racist policy of removing all these 'white' professional farmers from their productive farms -- even though these Afrikaner farmers only occupy six percent of SA's 'agriculturally viable' land -- which in turn only covers twelve percent of the entire SA land surface...
The ANC regime lies about these statistics, claiming that 'whites' still own' some 70% of the entire land surface - however the land-registries show that it's the State itself which owns the largest and most fertile land parcels, such as the former tribal homelands and vast tracts of former military reservations -- not these 'white farmers'...
Yet the Mbeki-regime remains just as hell-bent as is his neighbour Mugabe in Zimbabwe on removing every excess-food-producer they can.
These two leaders both have embarked on a violence-driven ethnic-cleansing drive to replace the entire sub-continent's few remaining productive agriculturalists with unproductive, agriculturally-untrained black subsistence families who are being dumped on carved-up land sites which cannot sustain their families -- let alone allow any excess-food production for the rest of the 46-million-strong SA population.
As a result, South Africa's food prices have tripled since January this year -- caused mainly by growing shortages of staple foods such as maize, wheat, potatoes and dairy products which are no longer produced locally due to the dramatic drop in the number of farmers. In 1994, South Africa had more than 85,000 professional farmers - now their numbers have more than halved and many are still leaving the sector each month due to the ethnic-cleansing campaign of the Mbeki-regime. Until three years ago, South Africa could still produce enough food to sustain its own 47-million population. However over the past few years it has also had to import massive quantities of staplefoods from off-continent for the first time in this embattled country's entire 350-year agricultural history.
The rest of southern Africa is already either constantly hovering on the point of starvation or actually already starving, depending on the weather or whether local warfare conditions allow agricultural production.
And now, South Africans suddenly also face having to share their rapidly-dwindling local food supplies with the 8,000 starving Zimbabweans who are now fleeing every day from the man-made famine in their own country and sneaking into South Africa. South African farmers have been warning for months that they will not be able to produce enough food to also feed these starving Zimbabwean refugees. Strangely, the South African Red Cross and the International Red Cross have not made any provisions to house and feed any of these refugees - and there's no explanation from either organisation why they aren't helping these desperately hungry people.
In the past month alone, border post guards at Beit bridge and elsewhere along the vast SA border report that more than 8,000 Zimbabweans now try to sneak into the country every day, with many desperate enough to brave the crocodile-infested Limpopo river with their families.