IN MPUMALANGA

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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

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