workers are sometimes the cause of the trouble, and we inform them when they are wrong.
“I can say all of these tensions are gradually ending, since farmers and workers are now prepared to sit around the table to discuss problems and we get the local chief magistrate to facilitate mediation processes,” Ngema said.
Ngema said that, two weeks ago, a farmer who shot two trespassing cattle belonging to a farm dweller agreed to pay compensation after mediation.
Agri SA’s chairperson in Piet Retief, Tommy Ferreira, concurred. “There were lots of tensions in the past 20 years and there were no apolitical organisations to solve problems. What is different now is that Insika and Agri SA are communicating. “Insika will tell the farm dweller if he is wrong and Agri SA will tell the farmer … it is respect for the law,” Ferreira said.
An example that both Ngema and Ferreira cite as a success story involves Kurt Paul – a farmer who bought 2 600 hectares from Mondi Forests SA but encountered resistance from 73 families when he asked them to reduce their livestock counts because the animals were damaging his crops.
As a result of mediation, Paul has now fenced off