News

UCT experts’ participation in the HLP now live

19 Nov 2018| by LARC

In 2015, an ambitious albeit very important parliamentary process was initiated by the legislature’s Speakers’ Forum: to assess how effective post-1994 legislation has been in contributing to the transformation agenda of the developmental state, and the possible unintended consequences of these laws. This undertaking was led by a high-level panel (HLP) of eminent South Africans, headed by former President Kgalema Motlanthe. The panel produced a lengthy 601-page report that has been in the headlines sporadically since its release in November 2017.

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LARC attended ARD partner workshop on Section 25

12 Sep 2018| by LARC

The Alliance for Rural Democracy (ARD) convened a gathering of activists across the rural and urban sectors in Cape Town on Sunday and Monday, 9 and 10 September 2018. The workshop was followed by a march to the National Assembly.

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Opinion

Parliament’s final push on dangerous traditional leadership bills

12 Dec 2018| by Monica de Souza Louw

The recognition of traditional communities in the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill comes with baggage. The “traditional communities” recognised in the TKLB are those previously called “tribes” under colonialism and apartheid. Tribal authorities were established for them in terms of the 1951 Black Authorities Act, and their territories eventually became the Bantustans. Given this context, the passage of both bills through Parliament should be monitored closely.

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Mining – Giving the Power the People

10 Dec 2018| by Dr. Aninka Claassens

The response by Minerals Minister Gwede Mantashe to two recent judgments about mining and the land rights of people living in the former homelands has been instructive.

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Owners made tenants by the Ingonyama Trust

19 Nov 2018| by Zenande Booi

King Goodwill Zwelithini’s Ingonyama Trust returns just 11 to 16 cents of every R100 it collects in rentals to his luckless tenants for the development and administration of the land they once called their own. He keeps the rest for himself.

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