On 27 June, Honourable Mr Justice Mageza at Bhisho High Court in the Eastern Cape granted an order to disestablish the senior traditional leadership over Amahlathi traditional community. The case was brought by the Amahlathi Crisis Committee, representing eight villages near King Williams Town. The Committee was represented by the Legal Resources Centre.
During March 2012, a complaint was lodged with the Public Protector by members of the Bapo Ba Mogale community into the alleged improper prejudice suffered by the community as a result of the maladministration by the former Bapo Ba Mogale Administration and the North West Department of Local Government and Traditional Affairs in the management of the Bapo Ba Mogale D-Account. The investigation was conducted in terms of Section 182 of the Constitution and Section 6(4) of the Public Protector Act.
This Land is a 48-minute narrative documentary about the struggle for land in the rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This vivid documentary was commissioned by the Land & Accountability Research Centre (LARC) at UCT as a way for rural people to bring the untold story of their struggle for rights and accountability on communal land into urban forums of legislative, political and corporate decision-making. This film is a critical contribution to the accelerating national debate about rights relating to land use and ownership in deep rural areas seldom visited by thought leaders, policymakers and legislators. The film reflects national challenges in visits to three areas of KwaZulu-Natal; Makhasaneni, Somkhele and Babanango.
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has promised to release what he called a revolutionary new Mining Charter within a few weeks.
The mining industry and civil society organisations monitoring mining have been waiting for a year to see a final update of the Broad Based Socio Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining Industry.
Speaking to reporters ahead of his budget speech to Parliament on Tuesday, Zwane said he had taken a year to listen to government departments, the mining industry and civil society about their concerns over the draft released in April 2016.
“In a few weeks from now, it is going to be gazetted and I can tell you that it is going to be one of the (most) revolutionary tools to be ever seen on the South African soil, balanced with the feelings of investors, because we are a responsible government,” he said. …More »
At the heart of a dispute for the headman-ship at Bapo Ba Mogale, a community in North West, is a land allocation process that leaves villagers stranded.
Lonmin mining infrastructure towers over the Bapo Ba Mogale landscape.