15 Jan 2019
by Andrew Bennie
Through farming, many Amadiba coastal residents are not just surviving, but flourishing. Together with greater potential for integration with ecological integrity, this is the kind of work that should be supported in a climate change world. But the Amadiba are […]
10 Dec 2018
by Dr. Aninka Claassens
The response by Minerals Minister Gwede Mantashe to two recent judgments about mining and the land rights of people living in the former homelands has been instructive.
19 Nov 2018
by Zenande Booi
The Lesetlheng community’s victory against mining interests signals a start to the recognition of land rights of which SA’s oppressed people had been deprived for generations.
05 Nov 2018
by Dr. Aninka Claassens
The Constitutional Court ruled unanimously last week that mining and the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) cannot trump the constitutional rights of the 17-million South Africans living in former homeland areas.
04 Sep 2018
A wave of legislation currently before Parliament seeks to build on the foundations of other interconnected post-apartheid laws and give a veneer of legality to a host of precarious deals cutting politically connected business and traditional leaders into South Africa’s […]
26 Mar 2018
by Marianne Merten
In Parliament’s justice committee a push is under way to nix the Traditional Courts Bill’s opt-out clause that was drafted following extensive consultation to ensure South Africa’s 18-million rural residents do not forfeit constitutional rights. Why is this important? It […]
06 Feb 2018
by KEVIN BLOOM & SASHA WALES-SMITH
No one has yet been able to put a precise figure on the amount of money the Bakgatla Ba Kgafela community of the North West Platinum Belt should have earned from mining on their land. Certainly, though, it is billions.
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 […]
09 Nov 2017
by Steven Friedman
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.
23 Oct 2017
by Custom Contested
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)