News

A victory to the rural population!

29 Jul 2016| by Alliance for Rural Democracy (ARD)

The Alliance for Rural Democracy welcomes the judgement handed down by the Constitutional Court yesterday declaring the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act 15 of 2014 invalid.

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Community celebrates as iron mine plan shelved

29 Jul 2016| by Sifiso Dladla

Ululation, songs and slogans set the tone at Makhasaneni near Melmoth in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday when scores of community members gathered to celebrate the decision by Indian company Jindal Africa to shelve an application to mine their land.

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Bapo chief and Marikana’s missing millions

25 Jul 2016| by Brendan Boyle

A report on a forensic investigation has revealed that the biggest single share of the money mining firm Lonmin paid to the community around its Marikana mine went towards a new palace for Kgosi Bob Edward Mogale, chief of the Bapo Ba Mogale community.

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Radio debate on Lonmin deal shut down

22 Jul 2016| by Sobantu Mzwakali

On Thursday, a crowd of around 150 people, including members of the Bapo Ba Mogale Traditional Council, forced Madibeng FM, a community radio station in Brits, to cancel a live interview with critics of the community’s leadership. …More »

Opinion

Hope for battle-weary mining community

20 Jul 2016| by Aninka Claassens

North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has done little to find out what has happened to mining funds. Rural groups across the country face huge legal and logistical obstacles when they try to hold traditional leaders and the government to account for mining deals on their land.

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Black people on communal land at mercy of mining firms

20 Jul 2016| by Joanna Pickering

A wealthy commercial farm owner is approached by a mining company that has been licensed by the state to mine on his land. The company approaches the farm owner to negotiate a surface lease. The farm owner employs a legal team, has his farmland and commercial operations valued and negotiates a lease consonant with the loss of revenue he would suffer as a consequence of the mining operation. Mining goes ahead, everybody wins, right?

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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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