Rural community’s attempt for redress sidelined by leadership

13 May 2016| by Sobantu Mzwakali

About 300 members of the Mapela community in Limpopo marched to the tribal council office on Friday to present their grievances about a settlement agreement signed between Amplats and their chief, Kgoshi David Langa.

Langa did not meet the marchers and representatives of the tribal council refused to accept the memorandum or to engage with community members directly. They said the community should send their headman as their representative.

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Traditional leaders call for independent mining council.

09 May 2016| by Sifiso Dladla

The Department Mineral Resources has rejected a call by the National House of Traditional Leaders to have an independent body to take over for the granting of prospecting and mining rights. The traditional leaders made a submission to the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources regarding the amendments to the Mineral Petroleum Resources Development Bill on Wednesday.

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RWAR is now LARC!

26 Apr 2016

We are delighted to announce that in 2016, thanks to consistent generous support from our donors, the Rural Women’s Action Research unit (RWAR) of the Centre for Law and Society (CLS) has officially graduated into a stand-alone research centre known as the Land and Accountability Research Centre (LARC), allowing us to expand our areas of work and grow our staff. LARC is located within the Department of Public Law at the University of Cape Town. CLS will continue to function as a separate centre, while LARC will expand on the work done by RWAR.

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Minister gives priority to mines over communities

21 Apr 2016| by Sifiso Dladla

Communities that oppose mining on their land have failed to understand the benefits it brings, Mineral and Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said this week, three weeks after a prominent opponent of dune mining, Sikhosiphi “Bazooka” Rhadebe, was murdered in the Eastern Cape.

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KZN land tenure is injury and insult

24 Jun 2016| by Philile Ntuli

WHEN King Goodwill Zwelithini announced recently that title deeds would be issued to households in rural KwaZulu-Natal, he omitted to say how this would fit in with the long-term lease agreements being issued by the Ingonyama Trust Board, of which he is the sole trustee.

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Community kept in the dark over Amplats mining deal

09 May 2016| by Thabiso Nyapisi

The R175-mil lion “settlement ” signed between AngloAmerican Platinum (Amplats) and the Mapela traditional community of Limpopo is bound to explode.

The so-called settlement agreement was signed behind closed doors and the traditional rural community has lost land it used for grazing and ploughing, as well as ancestral land.

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Amplats premature to trumpet settlement with Mapela

28 Apr 2016| by Joanna Pickering and Thabiso Nyapisi

ANGLO American Platinum (Amplats) trumpeted what it called a far-reaching R175m “settlement” between its operating company, Rustenburg Platinum Mines Limited, and the Mapela host community in Limpopo last week. The fanfare was premature.

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Response to king’s actions may shape customary law

29 Mar 2016| by Nolundi Luwaya

A number of commentators have sought to justify King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo’s actions against his subjects on the basis that he was acting as a judicial officer. 

Court records show the king failed to convene a customary court to hear and decide the outcome of the crimes his subjects are alleged to have committed.

His failure to do so goes against the well-established practices and traditions of customary courts.

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Mining communities out in the cold over compensation

05 Feb 2016| by Brendan Boyle

WHEN the Mapela community’s long fight with Anglo American Platinum turned violent in September, a new and still unoccupied old-age home donated by the company was one of the buildings that went up in flames.

With it went the sympathy of many who might otherwise have cheered the Limpopo community’s effort to save a school they had built and paid for under apartheid from being buried beneath a mine waste dump.

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