Land must be shared in an in­clu­sive man­ner – Mot­sepe

Black, white have fu­ture to­gether

Sowetan - - News - By Per­tu­nia Mafok­wane

Min­ing mag­nate Patrice Mot­sepe says the so­lu­tion to the land de­bate is to make land avail­able to blacks in the ru­ral ar­eas and ur­ban ar­eas. This, he said, would en­sure that black and white farm­ers have a fu­ture to­gether. Mot­sepe was speak­ing dur­ing the an­nounce­ment of a Na­tional Day of Prayer by the Mot­sepe Foun­da­tion in Sand­ton, Jo­han­nes­burg, yes­ter­day. The foun­da­tion, which was joined by 33 re­li­gious and faith-based or­gan­i­sa­tions, an­nounced that they will host a sec­ond an­nual Na­tional Day of Prayer for all South Africans on Novem­ber 25 at FNB sta­dium.

They will pray for land re­form dis­cus­sions to re­sult in land be­ing made avail­able for black peo­ple, among oth­ers. Mot­sepe, who was joined by his wife Dr Pre­cious MoloiMot­sepe, said land must be shared in an in­clu­sive man­ner.

“We have to make land avail­able to blacks in the ru­ral ar­eas and ur­ban ar­eas. “We do so in an in­clu­sive man­ner that cre­ates a fu­ture for ev­ery­one,” he said. Mot­sepe said part of the mis­takes that were made in the past were that a “lot of money was spent on buy­ing farms for com­mu­ni­ties but all of that went to blacks who are po­lit­i­cally con­nected”.

“One of the big­gest mis­takes we did was that the gov­ern­ment buy land and leaves that black farmer and black com­mu­ni­ties on their own and walks away, you can’t do that. “Part of the things that we are learn­ing is that you have to give land op­por­tu­ni­ties to black peo­ple in the ur­ban ar­eas and in the ru­ral ar­eas but we have to be there for them; that is why we are hold­ing hands with black and white farm­ers.

“[Both] black farm­ers and white farm­ers must have a fu­ture,” he said. Mot­sepe said the rich and wealthy had a re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure th at the un­em­ployed and marginalised are part of the econ­omy.

“... God says you are all my chil­dren. The amount of time we spend run­ning our busi­nesses and mak­ing a suc­cess of them, we must have equal time if not more for the marginalised, un­em­ployed poor and give hope to them. I am con­fi­dent that the prayer will bring us to­gether. “The gath­er­ing will also pray for the end to poverty, cor­rup­tion and crime, par­tic­u­larly crimes against women and chil­dren,” Mot­sepe said. Catholic Church’s leader Arch­bishop Buti Tl­ha­gale said they need to pray that men ac­knowl­edge the dig­nity of women.

“Pas­tor [Ti­mothy] Omotoso (on trial for rape) rep­re­sents in many ways all of us gath­ered here. He rep­re­sents us be­cause we stand out there and claim to speak on be­half of God, on be­half of Je­sus Christ, and be the other God...” Tl­ha­gale said.

‘ ‘ We have to make land avail­able to blacks in ru­ral ar­eas

/ SANDILE NDLOVU

Chair­per­son of the Mot­sepe Foun­da­tion Patrice Mot­sepe, left, have a word with Rev­erend Frank Chikane dur­ing an an­nounce­ment of the Na­tional Day of Prayer in Sand­ton, Jo­han­nes­burg, yes­ter­day.

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