Our friend Injustice wrote the following. As usual it is full of emotion and fine sentiment - but let's see if it is anything more than empty words.
Justice, on 20 March 2012 - 02:35 PM, said:
Program like the mechanization, land reform, input support, etc actually helped a lot of people. Not because some people, lets say, illegally resell the inputs, or failed in some ventures, that the program as a whole is wrong. All banks and investing entities would close if it was the case. Some level of failure is predictable in any kind of program from education (drop outs) to land reform passing by research program. The government can't hand hold everybody in a society. The land reform as well as other programs like the indigenisation, mechanization, input support, are always about opportunities. A lot of people actually benefited from them and their only limitation are government's budget.
OK - "a lot of people actually benefitted" you say. But at the end of the exercise, was agricultural output higher, or lower? Were more people employed, or less? Did the economy grow, or did it contract?
Even in the USA a lot of enterprises failed and have gone bankrupt. Many current successful enterprises owners actually went bankrupt with another enterprise project in the same sector and then started another. Life is trial and error. You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs and Rome wasn't built in one day.
It is well known that few startup businesses survive, Injustice. But Zimbabwe had a going concern. Why destroy that? Why not let people learn on unused land? That was what had been suggested many times before
What is important is persisting in the right direction. The way that promote local enterprises and empower Zimbabwean people. From land to all industry. Adjusting them to make them more efficient along the way.
What angers me is the racism inherent in your statement. You mean only black Zimbabweans, which is racist. Yet you do not expect to be discriminated against in the country you live in (Denmark?)
Personally, I think the Indigenisation and Empowerment program is even more important than the land redistribution program. Any future growth in the country will truly benefit Zimbabwean people. In term of money or actual development capacity/experience. The indigenisation in the mining (and bank) sector will offer more financing possibilities for other local sectors. The indigenisation and empowerment program is even more important than the land reform for me, because it's truly about setting the appropriate foundation for the local economy to built on.
No, Injustice - it won't. You are using fine-sounding words which may convince non-Zimbabweans, but we all know that 99.9% of the jobs are held by black Zimbos, from CEO on down to teaboy. You are desperately trying to justify theft, and that is not possible.
Somehow, when you analyse it, all countries in the world did that through various means. Localisation/indigenisation regulations like Zimbabwe, Thailand, South Korea, India. Or through communism like China, Russia which are also localization rules with more state prevalence. Europe did it historically as they were the first one to industrialize. For me the Indigenisation and Empowerment drive is about setting up the proper indigenous foundation to built on.
Injustice, to help local people is always good. But in order to grow the economy and provide more wealth for more people that is exactly what you have to do do - grow
the economy. Stealing from any group because you don't like their race (Indian, Chinese, white, whatever) doesn't grow the economy.
Unlike you, I have always been a strong supporter of home-grown enerprises. What I have found tragic is the way that people like you have sabotaged pretty any and all commercial growth in Zimbabwe. I wish I thought that you believed in what you write. But I don't.
I think that you know very well that you are pushing nonsense, and you are only doing it to grease your palms from those who seek to benefit from these lunatic and nationally-destructive fantasies.