Farmers shouldn’t see themselves as an island, President Cyril Ramaphosa told wine farmers and businessmen when his campaign trail took him to the Beyerskloof wine estate outside Stellenbosch.
He said farmers should be part of the solutions facing the country, and they should embrace change.
Ramaphosa said South African farmers were really good, but that the country also came from a “very sad history, a terrible history, particularly on issues of the land”.
He said, as he did in his State of the Nation Address last year, that land was South Africa’s original sin.
“It happened when Jan van Riebeeck first set foot here,” Ramaphosa said.
“The future is a good future if we all work together.”
The solution was not to be isolationist, he said.
According to Ramaphosa, individual farmers found ways to address the “horrible past” and include their wor