Despite criticism of their early moves towards ending racial discrimination, the Rhodesian transitional government has just announced a scheme to resettle both blacks and whites on 10 million acres (4 million hectares) of under-used, white-owned farmland.
SV Rhodesian Joint Minister of Land, Natural Resources and Rural Development Jack Mussett speaking in English with Aaron Mgutshini, his co-minister, listening (3 shots)
SV Two ministers and interviewer, Dave Patterson, asking question (2 shots)
SV Mgutshini answers question
MUSSETT (SEQ 1): "We refer to ex-servicemen of all races who have an agricultural bias, who want to go on the land. It is not a case of settlement people who have no interest in farming. In regard to the second part of your question, the guerrillas who have come 'on side' will naturally have to be rehabilitated in the first instance, and following on from that rehabilitation exercise, if they have a background in agriculture, there is no doubt that they would be considered by the land settlement board for settlement. And if they have no agricultural background and believe they want to take up farming as a future career there will be training for those interested. Not only for the guerrillas, but for all those involved in the resettlement exercise. First of all this is a land settlement scheme to deal with privately-owned vacant and under-utilised land. The idea is to assist existing European farmers who want to move for one reason or another to another area, to enable African purchase farmers to move into a larger land and in the selection process only the successful ones will be considered. Also to deal with the ex-servicemen, as we have said before, as pat the main reason who I came in here is there is no thought whatsoever that this settlement scheme will lead to an extension of tribal trust-land.......It will help relieve the pressures in the tribal trust-lands, the more densely populated tribal trust-lands, by taking out qualified master farmers and their families and giving them the chance to improve themselves in some of these farms that will be resettled, and creating more benefit and space in the tribal trust-land for other people."
PATTERSON (SEQ 2): "The land involved, about 4-million hectares I think it is...how far do you see that going towards solving or alleviating the land hunger which is felt in the tribal trustlands?"
MGUTSHINI (SEQ 3): "I think it will go quite a long way because it will ease the situation by taking off from the ... and seeing a flow of people from the tribal trust-lands to the purchase areas because we remove the purchase area former, and then the tribal trustland man will take up the purchase area farmer's place. And then the purchase area farmer goes into a larger unit where he definitely has got to be more productive. So it will work two ways. It makes the man who has moved from a smaller area to a bigger area sure he is encouraged and he has got to be more productive."
REPORTER: DAVE PATTERSON
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Background: Despite criticism of their early moves towards ending racial discrimination, the Rhodesian transitional government has just announced a scheme to resettle both blacks and whites on 10 million acres (4 million hectares) of under-used, white-owned farmland. The plan was announced in parliament in Salisbury on Thursday (10 August) by the joint Ministers of Land, Natural Resources and Rural Development, Jack Mussett and Aaron Mgutshini. They said that the land involve would be bought by the transitional government. Rhodesia Broadcasting's Dave Patterson asked who would benefit from the resettlement scheme and whether former guerrillas would qualify.