South Africa is a country with high levels of poverty, inequalities and a history that is racially skewed in terms of development. Even in a world class city like Cape Town a vast number of citizens go without food for days due to the rising food costs that have surpassed the overall inflation according to Development Bank of South Africa.
The situation is helpless and dire. Worsened by consumerism, and fast processed food, that has created a powerless unhealthy society.
For as long as the majority of residents have no access to land for farming, the challenge will remain. Whenever the issue of land is raised, food security is the defense in keeping the abnormally, however millions go hungry daily as corporation waste tons of edible chow.
Former fisheries minister Tina Joemat-Petterson was chastised by the media for her role in transforming an industry run by a few white owned companies. With no single journalist raising the point that the issued licences could change the game. The Western Cape has a vast coastline with millions of disenfranchised residents with no prospects of changing their well-being. When the licences were reversed, they took food off someone’s plate.
What role does corporate South Africa play in alleviating poverty in this country?
The existing status quo, of an un-transformed civil is not sustainable.
The Western Cape has a Mediterranean climate that can sustain subsistence economies. Where communal gardens could feed more of the poor, those going hungry with no help in sight. 22 years after where are the black owned companies? Producers of olive oil, wine, competitors of I&J, Nederberg and Du Toit.
Dialogues have obviously not yielded any fruition.
A agricultural revolution is looming. Take back the power, feel the texture of the soil in the hands.
Inspired by Chris Kgadima from Limpopo with his farming activities. He and many citizens are taking the power back by working the land. Kgadima’s pictures of his produce dispel the notion of skills shortage. He says
“give us more land to
feed the nation”.
Working the land not only creates a sense of ownership, but mostly forces people to eat healthy green vitamin-rich foods that reduce the obesity.
As journalist we need to stop being hypocrites, double standard torchbearers.
There’s no question about holding the government accountable, but who’s holding the private sector to account, are we independent? Aren’t we captured by capital interests and liberal views? It’s not unethical to hold progressive views.
Journalist’s role should be to bring light to the challenges that face our country, especially issues that have a direct impact on people’s lives, create dialogue that moves society forward.