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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.

The NCOP’s Select Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs announced the extension in a notice in the Sunday Times. …More »

NCOP allows more time for comment on traditional leadership Bill

23 Oct 2017

The National Council of Provinces has extended the deadline for comment on the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Amendment Bill by a further week to November 3. (Call for comment)

This is an important opportunity for rural people most likely to be affected by the Bill to explain why they do not agree with the drafters that it is a purely technical amendment.

The NCOP’s Select Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) has also released a schedule of public engagements on this Bill and, simultaneously, on the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill. See the programme here.

LARC has explained in previous posts why the Bill matters. Read our most recent post here.

Submissions should be sent to Mr Moses Manele  at Parliament by November 3. His email address is: tmmanele@nullparliament.gov.za

NCOP extends deadline for comment on traditional councils Bill

19 Oct 2017| by Brendan Boyle

The National Council of Provinces has extended until 27 October the deadline for comments on an amendment Bill of vital interest to rural communities that are subject to traditional leaders and the councils they dominate. (Call for comment)

The NCOP’s Select Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs initially set a 24-hour deadline for submissions on the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Amendment Bill. The Bill seeks to give illegitimate Traditional Councils an opportunity to validate themselves and, by implication, decisions they have taken without being properly constituted.

That deadline lapsed on Monday, but members of the Select Committee called almost unanimously at a meeting on Monday for an extension to allow communities and civil society a chance to study the Bill and to comment on it. That extension was confirmed at a further meeting on the next day. …More »

STOP PRESS: NCOP members reject 24-hour notice for TLGFA comments

17 Oct 2017

Members of the National Council of Provinces will meet on Wednesday to demand a new deadline for submissions on the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Amendment Bill.

Parliament issued a call for submissions on the Bill (TLGFAB) in the Sunday Times of 15 October, but said they had to be in on Monday, giving communities just 24 hours to meet, get mandates and send their comments to the legislature. (Our earlier report)

The call for comment was not posted on Parliament’s website, which routinely promotes calls for submissions on legislation. The Parliamentary Monitoring Group also did not pick up any call for submissions on the TLGFA amendment. …More »

Opinion

Land Reform: ‘Expropriation without compensation is a red herring’

13 Dec 2017| by Marelise van der Merwe

Ahead of the ANC’s 54th National Conference, most eyes are focused on the leadership race. But activists say there are important policy decisions to be made that should not be overlooked – specifically regarding land reform. The problem is, however, that at present South Africa’s legislation is woefully inadequate, and lobby groups say it’s unacceptably difficult to get access to officials. And then there’s the small problem that a High Level Panel report that assessed legislation in the post-apartheid era will probably be drowned out by drama.

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Kgalema Motlanthe’s High Level Panel calls for repeal of Ingonyama Trust Act

30 Nov 2017

The Ingonyama Trust headed by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu should be dissolved and the law that established it on the eve of South Africa’s liberation in 1994 should be repealed says an independent High Level Panel headed by former president Kgalema Motlanthe.

The report, commissioned by the Speakers of South Africa’s national and provincial legislatures, was released on 21 November. It is based on expert testimony at a series of focused roundtable discussions and the testimony of close to 10 000 people who attended public hearings across the country.

Drafted by Motlanthe and the 13 eminent South Africans on his panel, the report examines the content, implementation and transformative effect of more than 1000 laws adopted since 1994. In many respects, the Panel’s conclusions are damning.

(High Level Panel reports and resources are available here) …More »

Communities must benefit more from mining — panel

23 Nov 2017| by Rehana Rossouw

Residents of mining areas testified at the high-level panel on assessment of key legislation and acceleration of fundamental change about the acute disruptions caused in their lives and livelihoods by mining and their concerns are dealt with in several recommended amendments to legislation.

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Who owns the land? Half an answer from AgrisSA land audit

08 Nov 2017| by Mike Coleman

Farmers’ interest group AgriSA last week released its own land audit. This filled in a major blank in the land reform and policy field: How many black emerging farmers have bought farms outside government’s land reform programme?

We now have a part answer: they bought 4.3 million hectares. For this major research effort, which has long been needed, we should all be grateful.

The audit is based on research into the Deeds Registries records of land transfers for 1994 to 2017. The methodology is carefully laid out making sensible conservative assumptions over names to derive racial categories of purchasers. The problems of post-1994 boundary changes are acknowledged and dealt with; different kinds of land transactions are explained and decisions on inclusion or exclusion of data are laid out. In total 221 610 transactions were individually analysed and incorporated into the database. The data is then set in a context of data from other sources, with introductory maps. does not give a figure for white farm purchasers, though both figures must be in their data to derive percentages and are very relevant to the debate. In fact, reading the report you would not know there are white farmers in SA as they receive no mention at all.

First published in the Daily Dispatch

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