30 Nov 2017
by Custom Contested
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Kgalema Motlanthe’s High Level Panel calls for repeal of Ingonyama Trust Act

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should be dissolved and the law that established it on the eve of South Africa’s liberation in 1994 should be repealed says an independent High Level Panel headed by former […]

23 Nov 2017
by Rehana Rossouw
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Communities must benefit more from mining — panel

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 […]

09 Nov 2017
by Steven Friedman
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South Africans in rural areas are saying ‘no more’. Why it matters

The mainstream in South Africa is paying little attention to the world outside the cities. This is a mistake because the future of the country’s economy may depend on battles raging in its far-flung rural areas.

08 Nov 2017
by Mike Coleman
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Who owns the land? Half an answer from AgrisSA land audit

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 […]

06 Nov 2017
by Brendan Boyle
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Leadership bill dissolves rather than strengthens power of rural people

The pleas of thousands of rural people who made difficult journeys to attend public hearings across the country are largely ignored in the amended version of the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill set to be adopted by the National Assembly […]

30 Oct 2017
by Custom Contested
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New laws would make some more equal than others, argues Steven Friedman

South Africans continue to live in parallel universes defined by the geography of apartheid and laws currently making their way through Parliament will consolidate rather than correct this reality, Prof Steven Friedman of the University of Johannesburg argues in a […]

17 Oct 2017
by Brendan Boyle
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Global news service flags rising community anger at miners and their allies

Reuters correspondent Ed Stoddard has taken a deep dive into the power politics of the politically connected elite that controls the revenues and opportunities that come with mining in rural areas and sees communities starting to test their strength. “A […]

05 Oct 2017
by Constance Mogale
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Why red lights are flashing over consultation on communal land bills

Making their way through the legislative process are nine bills of seminal significance to people living on rural communal land. The Alliance for Rural Democracy appeals to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) in particular to uphold the constitutional rights […]

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