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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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