CONCERNING your article "South Africa needs alternative to social grants" (21 August), what about this?
There are too many people in jails and too many unemployed, so create large farms where the prisoners are taught to farm and create areas where people who are unemployed or who are leaving the prison system can hire land without having to buy it.
These unemployed people will have to undergo training in farming before they can hire this land.
The farms are managed so that people can only hire enough land for small-scale farming. The government tells them what crops to plant and provides support services. When it is time to plow the land the person hiring the land contacts the support services and they arrange for one of their tractors to come and plow. When the crops are ready the government comes to collect the produce. In this way a whole lot of small farms can act as a big cooperative by planting the same crops as each other.
The government can thus regulate the supply of goods based on the needs of the South Africa and can expel people from this land if they are not being productive.
Land that was used for mining and is no longer in use could be utilised (could ask the Chamber of Mines to assist) and in this way some retrenched miners could be employed.
Eddie Miller, Central, Port Elizabeth