Saturday Farm - Netflix
Series takes a look Daylesford an organic, working farm with a cooking school producing and celebrating the best in season. It is located on two thousand acres of glorious Cotswolds countryside where Gloucester cattle, Bronze turkeys, five breeds of sheep and Legbar hens live alongside a flourishing market garden and an award-winning bakery, butchery and creamery. Dick and James Strawbridge present the show.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Saturday Farm - South African farm attacks - Netflix
In attacks on South African farms, predominantly white farmers and black farm workers are subjected to violent crime, including murder. Farm attacks have been described as “frequent” in the post-Apartheid period, and, although some analysts believe they may be linked to racial animosity within South African society. The South African government, and other analysts, as well as Afrikaner civil rights group Afriforum maintain that farm attacks are part of a broader crime problem in South Africa, and do not have a racial motivation. It also remains unclear if white farmers are victims of violence at a higher rate than the general population, with some research showing that black farm workers are the victims of violent criminal attacks at a “far higher rate”, by criminal intruders, than white farm workers. Statistics released in 2018 by the South African government showed that while the number of attacks had increased between 2012 and 2018, the number of murders on farms had decreased, year-on-year during the period, and farming organisation AgriSA reported that the murder rate on farms had declined to the lowest level in 20 years, a third of the level in 1998. A November 2017 analysis by the BBC found that there is insufficient data to estimate a murder rate for South African farmers. Between 1994 and March 2012, there had been 361,015 murders in all of South Africa and between 1990 and March 2012, there had been an estimated 1,544 murders on South African farms of which 208 of the victims were Black. The data for farm attacks is self-reported to a commercial farmer's organisation, Transvaal Agricultural Union. The last government analysis of farm attack victims by race was conducted in 2001. In 2001, the year with the highest number of attacks, the police’s Crime Information Analysis Centre stated that of the 1,398 people attacked on farms, 61.6% were white, 33.3% were black, 4.4% were Asian and 0.7% were listed as “other”, with murders on farms in 2007 accounting for 0.6% of the national total. Racial statistics around crime are no longer collected by the South African government. In January 2015, AfriForum reported that there had been an increase in farm attacks and murders in the previous five years. White farmers have long complained they are at risk of rising violent crime and that they are ignored by the South African government. The physical isolation of farms, and the perception that farmers have cash (for the payment of wages) and weapons onsite have been described by police as a possible motivation for criminal attacks on farms. In March 2010, the ruling African National Congress defended the apartheid-era song “Kill the Boer (depending on the context, white farmer or Afrikaner)” after a regional high court ruled it as hate speech, after it was sung by then ANC Youth League wing leader Julius Malema. The ANC promised to stop singing the song in November 2012. Critics say a movement to take in white farmers in Australia is connected to the far right, with supporters who have long purported that there is a “white genocide” taking place in South Africa.
Saturday Farm - Prevention - Netflix
While the police are supposed to regularly visit commercial farms to ensure security, they say they cannot provide effective protection due to the wide areas that need to be covered and a lack of funding. The protection gap has been filled by 'Farmwatch' groups, which link together by radio nearby farmers who can provide mutual assistance, local Commando volunteers, and private security companies. These forces are more likely to be able to respond rapidly to security alarms than the widely distributed police stations. The particular mix of groups that operate varies by area, with border zones continuing a strong history of Commando volunteers, while wealthier farmers are more likely to employ private security firms. The police and these groups are linked together as part of the Rural Protection Plan, created in 1997 by President Nelson Mandela. In 2003 the government began disbanding commando units, saying they had been “part of the apartheid state's security apparatus”. The disbandment of the Commandos has been cited as a factor in the escalation of farm attacks.
Saturday Farm - References - Netflix