'Grow the cake so that there will be a natural redistribution of wealth'

Grain SA's NAMPO Harvest Day for 2018 is taking place this week and 702 broadcast live from Bothaville.

The focus is on all things agriculture and Thembekile Mrototo spoke to various key players in the industry.

Political analyst Nompumelelo Runji attended and has an insightful perspective on the agriculture sector,

She says the Nampo discissions and especially Wednesday evening's Nation in Conversation has been a platform to look at problems but also look to solutions

Instead of pulling in different directions, and sitting in our silos, Nampo creates a platform where we can get together and discuss what the different sectors - particularly agricultural sector, and rural towns - can help address the difficulties the country faces.

Nompumelelo Runji, political analyst

She says they looked at what is termed the 'triple challenge' in South Africa of inequality, poverty, and unemployment.

We often don't deal with the structural nature of those problems - and one of the biggest challenges is the wealth disparity in our society..which means because of previous advantage and privilege they can continue to build on wealth from one generation to the next.

Nompumelelo Runji, political analyst

She says the discussion looked at how those who currently hold the 'means of production' can be encouraged to come to the table and find more equitable solutions.

Mrototo also spoke to farming giant ZZ2, CEO Tommy van Zyl about a comment he had made during the discussion about having meaning in life.

The important thing about building a future where there will be wealth broadly spread is to, via proper leadership, create meaning - which means we must think about the future and how we can make a meaningful contribution to improve the whole society.

Tommy van Zyl , ZZ2 CEO

You don't need to be rich to live the meaning. Once you have the dream, and you're not rich, and you have an education, and you build the ambition and you build the dream, one day you will be more wealthy than you are right now.

Tommy van Zyl , ZZ2 CEO

He talks about how Afrikaner people after the Boer War were by and large very poor. The State assisted them at that time to build their wealth.

He says individual people developed skills, mastered the technology, and used their driving ambition to achieve positive outcomes.

If you look at the potential of South Africa's people, black and white, and you think about the skills that can be developed over time and you think about our place in the global village, we need to develop our skills and expand on the cake, not redistribute the cake.

Tommy van Zyl , ZZ2 CEO

If we work together and we utilise the existing organisational memory and we build on the new memory that we need for the future, we can grow the cake to such proportions that there will be a natural redistribution of wealth.

Tommy van Zyl , ZZ2 CEO

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