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Next Mining Charter will be most revolutionary tool ever – Zwane

16 May 2017| by Brendan Boyle

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 »

Bapo: conflicts arising with land allocation

16 May 2017| by Sobantu Mzwakali

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.

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Public Protector Mkhwebane promises report on Bapo’s lost millions by the end of April

28 Mar 2017| by Sobantu Mzwakali

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane promised in her first meeting with the Bapo Ba Mogale community of North West this week that she would finalise and issue a report on the five-year long investigation into the alleged looting of the mine-hosting community’s resources by the end of April.

She told a rowdy gathering of around 500 community members in the Bapo Tribal Authority Hall in Bapong that evidence of fraud arising from the investigation would be referred to the Hawks and implicated government officials would be dismissed.

Mkhwebane met with the Bapo Ba Mogale community to update them on the investigations, which commenced in 2012, as part of a roadshow through several North West communities. …More »

Coalition demands rejection of MPRDA amendment

10 Feb 2017

A coalition of civil society groups resolved at a meeting on the sidelines of the Alternative Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Tuesday (Feb 7) to oppose in every way possible the draft mining law amendment returned to Parliament by President Jacob Zuma in 2015.

President Zuma sent the Bill back to Parliament two years ago mainly because of concerns about the quality of the participation process in which ordinary South Africans should have been given a meaningful opportunity to comment on its provisions.

The Bill is still stuck in the legislature, but the Minister of Mineral Resources and, on Thursday, the President have urged its speedy resolution. …More »

TKLB hearings take a break. Is anyone listening?

06 Feb 2017| by Brendan Boyle

THE second round of public hearings on the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill (TKLB) wrapped up in Kokstad last Friday, 3 February, with many delegates wondering whether the parliamentary panel had been listening at all.

TKLB Bill 23 of 2015

After consistent criticism across the country of the way the Bill proposes to recognise and to treat traditional communities, the MPs sent to listen to ordinary people seemed to have heard only the rare statements of support.

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Opinion

Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill: Rules of Engagement

17 May 2017| by Marelise van der Merwe

The Traditional and Khoisan Leadership Bill could be adopted as early as the end of the year, if the Portfolio Committee on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs has its way. But if input from citizens submitted via the public hearings report to the National Assembly last week is anything to go by, there’s still a long way to go before agreement is reached on several key issues. Not least, ongoing concerns that the Bill is a thinly-veiled attempt to cement apartheid boundaries and let traditional leaders act with impunity. Will the call for “meaningful” feedback result in meaningful amendments?

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A Matter of Justice:Land reform – don’t blame the Constitution

12 Apr 2017| by Carmel Rickard

‘We failed, finish en klaar.’ The ANC’s Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu was speaking about the way land reform has stalled in South Africa when he wrote this comment. But he could just as well have been scripting a preview to a depressing new judgment by the Land Claims Court issued last week.

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Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill: MPs failed dismally to consult the public

06 Apr 2017| by Sobantu Mzwakali

Flawed hearings made a mockery of constitutional requirements. Parliament has failed dismally to consult the communities most affected by the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill.

The recent parliamentary hearings on the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill made a mockery of the constitutional requirement of meaningful and substantive consultation in the development and passing of laws.

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Communal land belongs to the people, not to the chiefs

06 Apr 2017| by Thiyane Duda

It’s time the South African government made it clear that traditional leaders do not legally own the communal land that lies within the boundaries of our former homelands.

The Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Des van Rooyen, and the Director-General of Traditional Affairs, Professor Charles Nwaila, peddled this myth most recently on 21 February when they briefed the CoGTA portfolio committee on the impact of the State of the Nation address. …More »

Pledge of precolonial audit is a way to distract from fruits of patronage

13 Mar 2017| by Aninka Claassens

President Jacob Zuma’s “radical” solution to the lack of meaningful land redistribution is to assure traditional leaders the government will expedite a precolonial land audit. How this will provide land and security of tenure to shack dwellers around the cities and to people who need land in rural areas is unclear. It is also not clear how the government will pull off such an audit, given its failure to complete an audit of all the land currently owned by state institutions, despite repeated undertakings to do so.

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