The land grabs is still very murky but more information is surfacing daily. The latest is it is now looking at facilitating Chinese expansion by grabbing the mineral rights that are found on these farms.
Out of the original batch of 193 farms that was originally listed, over 130 are rich in minerals required by the Chinese to expand their industrial network. The Government has tried to steal two farms at less than 10 percent of the market value under the pretext of expropriation for the people. The truth is the Chinese government needs the coal for it's plans.
There is a massive investment of $10 Billion to be run out by Chinese government controlled companies in the Musina-Makhado special economic zone. These two farms fall into that zone and the coal is required for power stations and steel factories.
The big issue which the greed is hiding is that by helping the Chinese get their hands on free coal and government assistance they will in fact create havoc in an industry that is already suffering. These Chinese companies will then compete against the local steel companies forcing them to shut down with thousands of job losses. Not only will their be job losses but towns built around the steel plants will most likely collapse as well. Communities have been built around these towns and would be disastrous for the entire region.
Another worry is there is no record of studies on the impact to the area that is now proposed. These studies take years to compile and need to take all things that could be affected including the South African Steel industry itself as a whole.
Africa has for years sold out to the Chinese and allowed them to rape the land for some kick backs that only a few benefit from. The consequences are felt for years and the ones who passed it through will be long gone. The quicker this government disappears the better as they are no better than the last. The people of Africa are not smart and have allowed their leaders to literally get away with murder.