Ingonyama Trust Board ignores Committee moratorium

09 May 2018| by Nokwanda Sihlali

A big issue in many news articles at the beginning of 2018 centred on the role of the Ingonyama Trust in KwaZulu-Natal and how it would be absorbed into an already failing national land administration system.

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Civil Society statement on the ANC National Conference

13 Dec 2017

The ANC’s 54th National Conference on Saturday is an historic opportunity to acknowledge and reverse growing poverty and inequality, disintegrating social cohesion and the devastating failure of the government’s land reform programme, which shows increasing signs of capture by politically connected elites.

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Deadline for submissions on TLGFA amendment extended to November 10

30 Oct 2017

A committee of the National Council of Provinces has extended the deadline for submissions on the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Amendment Bill for a third time, giving concerned communities and organisations until Friday, November 10 to make inputs.

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Amending the property clause risks making poor more vulnerable to dispossession without compensation

13 Aug 2018| by Aninka Claassens

A man sitting next to me at a land workshop in Rustenburg last month asked me sadly whether the problems on the platinum belt meant, as some younger delegates alleged, that Mandela had indeed sold black people out during the negotiations leading up to the 1994 transition to democracy. People were sharing their experiences of being evicted by mining companies from land they had owned for generations; of waiting over twenty years for land restitution with no hope in sight; of government officials blocking their claims and stealing their land.

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Mixing expropriation with Ingonyama is mischievous

25 Jul 2018| by Nokwanda Sihlali

Amongst assertions made at the recent ANC Land Summit, it seems the one issue that has permeated media analysis is the misinterpretation of former president Kgalema Motlanthe’s statement that most traditional leaders act as tin-pot dictators.

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Who owns the land in South Africa’s communal areas? 

12 Jul 2018| by Dr Fani Ncapayi

The issue of land ownership and governance in communal areas continues to be hotly debated. Two broad views prevail. One is that traditional authorities are the owners of the land. The other view argues that residents are the owners and traditional authorities hold the land in custody, on behalf of the residents.

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