Answer to Question #183201 in Philosophy for Nonhlanhla Molefe

Question #183201

Discuss the role of lobolo and mafisa in the late mixed-farming communities of Southern Africa. 

Expert's answer

The social consideration and set up in the community gave and honored livestock farmers' affections based on the artistic gifts known as the Lobola. Lobola served the purpose of redistributing the scarce consumption resources such as cash, cattle for meat. Additionally it served purpose of providing rights over productive resources such as land, cattle and labor. the labor was used as a dowry when the young people were marrying and later to their offspring. Farming in South Africa was practiced by the Khoisan people, who were the first Southern Africa farmers. They kept tame and bred animals, cattle, sheep, goats for food provision, i.e., meat and milk, for work to aid in pulling ploughs, for transportation of farm products, and shelter for clothing. Besides, they provided communities with food rich in protein.

Micro-Agricultural Finance Institutions of South Africa (MAFISA) was developed by government in 2004. It was to ensure equitable access to financial services by economically active rural communities. The SA government formed MAFISA’s policy to empower producers and processors at micro-level, micro-entrepreneurs and small producers.

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