15 Jul 2015
by Siyabulela Manona
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Proposed communal land policy could replay 1913

  The  government has tried and serially failed in the 21 years since democracy dawned to resolve questions around the authority of traditional leaders in South Africa’s rural areas and, aligned to that, the forms of land ownership that should […]

14 May 2015
by Leo Boonzaier
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Preview: CPA case in the Constitutional Court 28 May*

Name of case: Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Tribal Community Property Association v Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Tribal Authority and Another CCT 231/14 Date of hearing: Thursday, 28 May 2015 Issue: Whether the applicant is duly registered under the Community Property Association Act Background: This is a sad […]

01 Oct 2014
by Tara Weinberg
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Rural land rights in jeopardy*

More than 2 000 people attended a recent government summit on land tenure security. They included large numbers of traditional leaders, but also farmworkers, farm dwellers, land reform beneficiaries and people living in the former homelands whose voices are often most marginalised […]

05 Sep 2014
by Tara Weinberg
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Land Tenure Summit – issues and background

The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) is currently hosting a Land Tenure Summit in Boksburg, Gauteng, where various laws and policies on land reform are being debated. Read our background position papers, which were distributed at the […]

04 Sep 2014
by Aninka Claassens
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Land claims could blow up in Zuma’s face*

Several traditional leaders recently announced their intention to lodge restitution claims to vast and overlapping swaths of land. They include the Zulu king, leaders of the Hlubi, Rharhabe and Thembu, and President Jacob Zuma’s nephew Simphiwe Zuma, on behalf of […]

20 Aug 2014
by Custom Contested
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Workshop confronting the threat to tenure security posed by vast tribal land claims

MEDIA STATEMENT Members of affected rural communities, civil society organisations and academics resolved at a two-day workshop in KwaZulu-Natal on August 12-13 to probe reports of tenure abuses experienced by communities on Ingonyama Trust land and to seek a meeting […]

13 May 2014
by Aninka Claassens
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Haste over land rights bill not just in aid of buying votes*

AMONG the slew of “priority” laws hastily adopted at the final sitting of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) was the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill. This is an exact replay of what happened in 2004, when the contentious […]

03 Feb 2014
by Christopher Morris
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Struggle for land reform goes beyond Bantustan and national boundaries

The department of rural development and land reform (RDLR) refuses to transfer land title to communal property associations (CPAs), condemning many residents in the former Bantustans to continued insecurity and marginalisation. The Masakhane CPAs in the Eastern Cape are a […]

22 Jan 2014
by Thuto Thipe
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The long shadow of apartheid legislation

New and proposed legislation does not alleviate the most pressing challenges that people in rural areas face. Instead, these laws intensify existing struggles. This was the outcome of discussions at a workshop attended by 50 people from across North West […]

26 Nov 2013
by Tara Weinberg
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Response to ‘Re-opening restitution: Election promises doomed to backfire’

I have received a number of interesting comments via social media on the piece Re-opening restitution: Election promises doomed to backfire. The hearings are related to the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill, which was tabled in parliament in October. […]