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Family members of psychiatric patients who died earlier this year hold an ‘Esidimeni 37’ prayer vigil outside Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu’s offices yesterday. The 37 patients died after being transferred from Life Esidimeni into the care of NGOs. Findings of the investigation into the tragedy would be released next month, health ombudsman Professor Malegapuru Makgoba said. Picture Creditc: Antonio Muchave. ©Sowetan
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Farmers need funding to survive: Mantashe

By Sapa | 2014-08-13 10:16:11.0

If there is no funding and support programs for farmers they will not succeed, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Wednesday.

"If we are to succeed, farmers must have access to funding and markets. If they don't have that, you won't succeed," he said at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg.

"You can give land to as many farmers as you want but if you don't have support programmes it will fail."

Mantashe was speaking about food security and land reform.

He urged commercial farmers to help groom emerging farmers and help them regain the skills needed for farming, which they had lost during apartheid.

"We have a responsibility to make people with no homes realise there is a future in South Africa," he said.

"Black South Africans were dispossessed of land. The dispossession resulted in them [being driven] out of their land but it also deskilled them."

He said people lost their skills because they had not farmed for so long and had lost their relationship with the land.

"Commercial farmers must help reproduce the skill," said Mantashe.

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