In Zimbabwe, the land grabs began and concentrated on commercial and arable farming land, and game farms became vulnerable when food shortages peaked.
Land Reform is a Big Picture issue in South Africa, and it will not be solved in this region. Addressing these concerns is best done through the platform of the public participation on the Land Reform Act and any green papers which address this issue.
Being proclaimed Nature Reserve does not only happen in law; it happens in the hearts and minds of people. To make any change, not only will the process have to be un-done in parliament, but also in public.
As a Nature Reserve, we can call on public sentiment and support, local and international, whenever we are in crisis. This is not something you can do as an individual landowner with any hope of real impact.
We may choose Nature Reserve for personal reasons, but it is also something that is to the benefit of the nation. If we do our jobs as custodians well, the nation will have a treasure to defend against whatever the future brings – the anticipated and the unknown.
We may also choose to embrace a social responsibility programme which will quantify the benefits to a broader society and track the contribution this effort makes. If this region should in the future be threatened by political changes, our support base should be wide enough to survive the “storm”.