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The quid pro quo for living and working in a South African tax-haven is that land rents, a rates and taxes type surcharge, will need to gradually rise to match Treasury’s income tax and vat shortfall. This will transform the entry cost of unused land to a monthly rates charge. This conforms absolutely with sec 25.5 which demands that land becomes affordable and so accessible to all, even the poorest. As a guide, for every R1 million land price, the rates and taxes payable will be ±R6700pm. This applies whether one works five or fifteen hours a day and whether one invests R100,000 or R1,000,000 . Compensation will be due but any losses will be offset by the gains of living in a tax-haven.
By this measure the divisive old ideologies of capitalism and socialism are overturned. For when the landless become landed they lose their dependency; their proletarian condition. Only then will South Africans become truly free and land become affordable to all, like the other animals which share this earth.
This is unabashedly utopian, as Harrison’s paper “Paradise and the Parasite”.
The realisation of an economic paradise on earth lies not in changing the government, assassinating the President, ending corruption, blaming the worldwide economic downturn, capturing the state or in adopting capitalist or socialist ideologies.
For when citizens own land it is as if a glass dome is erected over their property to protect them from poverty whatever happens outside. Because if each citizen had enough land to work, “from the sweat of their brows”, they could all enjoy a frugally luxurious life using simple tools and low-input methods in a couple of hours work a day. And the energetic will become millionaires on a hectare, 27 million of which are arable but unused, according to Frost and Sullivan.
Tax havens like this increase GDP by ±25% pa. That is because the cost of land, hiring, shopping, and capital all shrink
The parasites in our paradise are those who hold unused land for speculative profits and those who help citizens avoid or evade current taxes. We do not expect support from either. The latter are conflicted as one simply cannot avoid or evade rates and taxes. And there can be no permanent shortages of land, capital or work under a single land tax regime; the Henry George theorem.
These are the reasons why we think your support is well deserved. Please make your donation here. And be as generous as you can for we may have to challenge SARS in the Constitutional court. The opportunity to end “one of the two certainties in life” and to break the log jam in the South African economy will become your legacy.
The Land, Tax and Money Constitutionalists (LTMC) is a division of the twenty-five year-old South African Constitutional Property Rights Foundation (SACPRIF), a PBO professional think tank based in Cape Town.
Meakin is chairperson of the South African Constitutional Property Rights Foundation (www.sacprif.org), a voluntary think tank based in Cape Town. It focuses on the property rights clause of the South African Constitution sec 25.5:
“The state must take reasonable legislative and other measures, within its available resources, to foster conditions which enable citizens to gain access to land on an equitable basis.”
SACPRIF interprets this to mean that every South African MUST have access to enough land to feed themselves and create more wealth for themselves than a minimum wage contract can offer. This will likely include hand-building a small wine estate and three bedroomed mansion from the clays, sands, timber and grasses of each arable hectare. South Africa has 27 million of these hectares which are not used.
SACPRIF understands “reasonable legislative measures” which means gradually replacing income taxes and vat with a rates and taxes surcharge; a user-pays tenure. Then those before-tax revenues and assets become after-tax realities and South Africa joins Hong Kong and Singapore as another elite tax-haven where investment, GDP growth and job creation invariably thrive.
LTMC’s approach to the shortage of land, jobs, freedom and wealth is to show how these constitutional rights can be forced, as the preamble anticipates:
To improve the quality of life of all citizens and free the potential of each person.
Whether there are 8.5m or 13.5m unemployed their quality of life will remain hopeless until more jobs and work are found. Working for themselves is the fairly possible solution. An order of court may be necessary, much as Grootboom and others won an order for shelter in 2000.
SA’s SILVER BULLET: ENDING THE PROLETARIAN, LANDLESS CONDITION
Therefore anyone who is not satisfied with their wage or salary contract, or does not have one must, as sec 25.5, and promptly as sec 237, be granted access to sufficient land for them to earn a decent living. For the energetic, a hectare of arable land will yield many times more than a minimum wage.
This will also mark the final end to the centuries old divisive, proletarian and landless condition. And the return of the free yeoman class, the small independent landed proprietors who ares till prevalent in the Basque country, France.
“IN NATURE THERE IS NO ROOM FOR POVERTY” – Henry George
Access to land results in savings of ±R3500pm by working an hour a day growing food for a family of four on 250m² of arable land using simple tools and low input (biblical) methods.That is the standard size of European allotments which feed a family of four.
The Dervaes family have a celebrated modern homestead in Los Angeles, where they grow 3 metric tons of food on 250m².
They claim to grow over 400 species of plants, 4,300 pounds of vegetables, 900 chickens, 1,000 duck eggs, 25 lbs of honey, and seasonal fruits throughout the year.
This is extraordinary because if every family of four needs 500m² of arable land (garden + house + roads) then 1bn (15% of the world’s population of 7bn) can be settled on South Africa’s arable land. That means South Africa can grow enough food for nearly twenty times its 2015 population of 55m.
NB Frost and Sullivan have counted 27m hectares of unused arable land in South Africa.
Apart from the supermarket cost reductions a further saving of ±R1500pm rising to ±R4500pm is feasible, by working in gangs, to hand-build a solid, mortgage-free three-bed roomed house (say 125m²) out of the land’s soils, rocks, timber and grasses and the state housing subsidy.
If this takes up half a day per week then the other half can be spent growing, rearing and making things for sale, or getting a job on the best terms on offer,whatever that may be.
Some citizens will choose an urban life. Due to infrastructure costs this will not be feasible on plots of less than 500m².
Others will seek a small farm from half a hectare upwards, but near a town or village. Our colleague Mosima Pale is becoming a millionaire on a hectare in Phillippi, following garagistes in Bordeaux and orange growers in Majorca.
Freedom and dignity suggest a leisured life and there will surely be plenty of cricket and football on Wednesdays with hunting, shooting fishing and partying at the weekend.
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Small goat farm near Biarritz
Pig slaughtering in South Africa should increase by two hundred
times, to 540m, if two litters a year are reared on each
of the 27m hectares of unused arable land.