HIV increases, families starve, children stop going to school. Most of the farm had been covered in tall grass. It was the perfect metaphor for a failed state. It was also a familiar scene in this country, once dubbed "the bread basket of Southern Africa". Soon, however, there will be buying opportunities again, watch out for frantic adverts, vacant houses, reduced prices, change of sales agency, and I know many investors are getting ready for that and have started to "follow a house" and watch for departing sales people. The bright line test being raised to 5 years is not an issue as most investors never sell anyway. The idea that overseas buyers are robbing us of our land is also a bit weird, after all if a Kiwi farmer sells his farm to a Chinese company, what happens to the money he gets for it.
At the time I complained bitterly to this organisation, telling them they put my work at.