Greetings all kingdom minded, Joshua & Caleb type of believers, bridge-builders, peace-makers, solution driven problem solvers!
BE the demonstration of God Kingdom!
The character, values, mindsets, ethics, habits, attitude and lifestyle of Christ is like a ruler, a standard, a benchmark, for living the perfect life. We are the most beautiful people when we are most like Christ. Christian Religion has a bad name, but not because of the person of Jesus Christ. It is our misrepresentation of Christ that has led Christianity into disrepute.
This Christ-must-become-flesh approach is duly summarized by Christopher J.H. Wright in Practising King’s Economy, and encapsulates the main emphasis and direction of this study. ‘Word and deed, communication and demonstration of the gospel, believing the gospel and living it, etc. is the most authentic way to demonstrate Christ to the world. This integrated response to the gospel is, as the apostle Paul called it, the obedience of faith. When Christians respond to the realities of the world with the love of God, mind of Christ, and dynamic of the gospel, they do so with an intuitive holistic mission.
Many have come to this summit to seek a solution, it is our contention that if every single person will begin to see themselves as the solution, and begin to do what is right, we will see a revolution of peace and prosperity.
We have reached a very difficult time in our young democracy, now in its teen-age years. The smallest one-sided comment, offends. Our collection of single stories has led to us saying more about the other, than ever speaking to each other.
Jesus is not a political conqueror, nor is he a gladiator. He did not teach a political theory as the superintending boundary for people. Ravi Zacharias. Jesus told Pilate: “My Kingdom is not of this World” We do not need a Christian Government and Christian imposed law. We need more people who live and submit to God’s rule in their lives.
The deadlocks in the land-debate:
- Every farm is a struggle for survival. (Tunnel vision, fear)
- We have lost our Biblical Christ-centered Creational Purpose
- Welfare States reward unfaithfulness – The bible rewards Stewardship that Multiplies
- Culture of entitlement, corruption, unproductivity, incompetence, greed
- Antogonistic protesting, activism, populism and short-term over-simplying solutions.
- Economic Meltdown – the devastating cost of corruption
- Unavailability of Credit, based on property, instead economic/mentor support, proven potential for good business plan. (SME Lending Solutions based on Business performance) Over dependency on credit.
- Aging Mentorship base, and lack of knowledge transfer.
- Immigrating Know-how, takes generations to replace. (Professor Ricardo Hausmann)
- Youth unemployment and difficulty of access to Commercial Agriculture.
- Broken trust fueled by negative media, and enormous inequalities, persistent social segregation, and racism.
- Expropriation without compensation locked in process, and politicking, No winners!
- Market-Power Problem– Price takers, Farmers receive average of 10% of Sale-price
- Farmer struggle to remain profitable, with rising input cost, added social responsibility, onsite development pressure, climate change and risk. Crime, theft and production risks in SA greater due to political instability
- The consumer demands: Taste, appearance, brand appeal, nutritional value, shelf life, food safety, traceability, convenience, fair trade, socially responsible, and environmental friendly, and consistency in the product the buy without paying more.
- More vertical control measures introduced adds to the administrative cost to the consumer and farmer.
- The increasing more skilled, best practice, precision farming methods needed, raises the input costs. Hence the trend of decrease in total amount of Farmers, but increase in total production – Mega Farms. Economy of scale. Small / family farmer becomes more marginalized
- Closed geographical/commodity/value chain groups, impenetrable for students, black/new farmers, lack of trust.
- Lacking infrastructure, high costs for electricity, fuel threatens input costs – predictability and productivity. Lack of enabling environment for agriculture to flourish
- Lacking infrastructure, high costs for electricity, fuel threatens input costs.
- Informal settlements, insecure workforce, migrant labour puts pressure on local municipalities, 16mil people, 470 protest actions, service delivery, lack of housing, basic services. Prof. Cousins highlights that inequality plays an intricate role in the land reform debate. He is forcing us to understand that the rural community is diverse and highly robust. Thus engaging with them as “subjects” and not citizens negates the fundamentals of land transformation
- Titling will take 700 years #Landdebate -Ben Cousins writes that “in 2011 some 60% of South Africans occupied land or housing without their rights being recorded in official systems such as the Deeds Registry. This includes 17 million people in communal areas, 2 million on commercial farms, 3.3 million in informal settlements, 1.9 million in backyard 10 shacks, 5 million in RDP houses without title deeds, and 1.5 million in RDP houses with inaccurate title deeds”
The ultimate test of any religion, ideology or worldview is the benefits it ultimately brings to the poor, the marginalized and oppressed. If we say we are Christians, we have to take poverty seriously.
Every single South African has been affected by poverty, and the downward spiral of the economy. It is time that we as a righteous community of people, take a collective stand against all forms of corruption, and theft. Judge Jody Kollapen says: “The fragility of our democracy cannot sustain the current level of inequality. We need to move to a state where the Constitution houses all of South Africa. There are too many people who simply live outside of the Constitution.” #landpanel
Seven deadly sins: politics without principle; wealth without work; pleasure without conscience; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice.~ E. Stanley Jones quoted by Reuel Khoza
South Africa and its people are known for their resilience to overcome impossibilities. We are a mixture of dominant and less dominant cultures, who over the years have overcome most impossible odds. There is more human genetic diversity in Africa than in the rest of the human race combined. Richard Dowden.
Much can be said about our differences: but let us focus for a moment on our shared values:
- We share a love for land, and agriculture.
- We share a deep religious spirituality.
- Many share the Afrikaans Creole language.
- We share a mixed DNA, due to intermarriage.
- We are Africans, who without knowing it consciously, adapted, learned and included from each other various styles of food, music, art, language and culture.
- We have fought next to each other through two world wars, the Boer war, and now again we will need to fight together against the war of economic meltdown.
Agriculture is the most healthful, most useful and most noble employment of humankind.
– George Washington
We need a new:
- A Sustainable Development Paradigm
- A New Social Covenant (Nasionale Sosiale Ooreenkoms)
- A Unity of diversity – national cohesion.
- A Moral Awakening
- Social Justice – Equity
- New White Paper on Land Policy #Landpanel
- Multi-stakeholder partnerships (Private Public Partnerships)
- Sustainable intensification of agriculture.
1) GOVERNMENT: Sustainable land stewardship
Leadership, Fathering, next generation, kingdom, missional (Apostle) Lion
- Restoration Healing
- Forgiveness – repentance, remorse, restitution, reform, realize.
- Build trust – Proof of production is rewarded.
- Leadership Development
- Multi-Generational Focus
- Participative Functional Leadership replace Paternalism
- Relational restoration well-being – Relationship Reform – Restoration of Trust
- Functional Spherical Leadership structure
- Agile Movement – Managers are replaced by leaders
- Leadership Framework
- Righteous Stewardship
- Unashamedly Ethical
- Aptitude & Passion
- Dignified servanthood
- Humble serving ownership/leadership
- Accountability for all
- Mutual Submission
2) CODE OF CONDUCT Policy
Laws, policy, values, logistics, markets (Prophet) Eagle
- The Christ-centred Theistic, Judeo-Christian worldview:
- Sanctity of life
- Intrinsic Worth
- Freedom of choice
- Equal in value but not in responsibility
- Justice for the weak
3) ECONOMY: Nutritious food production
Economic Development, Marketing, Trade, Profit (Evangelist) Ox
- Agricultural Creational Purpose according to the Bible
- High Production
- High Quality, taste and nutritional value
- High profitability
- High moral ethics
- High Farming standards and best practice technologies
- Contract Farming (Clusters)
- Family Farming Model contain values vital to success
- Economics of mutuality
- Public private people partnerships (4p’s)
- Industrial Farms – Social Responsibility, foreign foundations invest back.
- Small-Scale Farmers vs Economies of Scale
4) HEALTH: Human Resources People Focussed:
Infrastructure, ownership, homes, restitution, stewardship (Pastor) Human
- Land Value Tax
- Right people for the right land, stewardship & productivity
- Free-will sharing (Partnerships)
- Jubilee Restitution
- Inclusion in the value chain
- Decentralize Mandate to people in Locality
- The poor take responsibility of their own development
- Fruitful Village Concept, New Village, New Community
- Self-help community development
- Develop & integrate rural economies in Nation building
- Decentralization, and local level participation in people’s assemblies, (community forums) and public private partnerships
5) TRAINING: Vibrant rural economic development
Training, education, skills (Teacher)
- Slow small to great growth process – Faithfulness is rewarded
- Apprenticeships & Mentoring
- Begin small, grow big, reward faithfulness
- Short-courses – specific
- Master-Farmers knowledge transfer
- Continual Training – Multi-level, multi-disciplinary, holistic
- Work4ALiving – Make the unemployed more employable
- Soft Skills
- Hard Skills
- We never stop learning, challenging systems and structures, and methodology thus striving constantly to improve what we are doing
- Learn, unlearn, relearn