02 May 2018
by Ayesha Motala
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Traditional leaders – not rural citizens – are at the centre of the land expropriation debate

Land expropriation without compensation has already galvanised much public debate and contestation among leadership from all sectors, but what does this mean for people living in rural areas?

09 Apr 2018
by Aninka Claassens
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Elections trump land reform as panel report is put on back burner

At a time when debate about land reform and property rights is raging throughout South Africa, Parliament appears to have shelved the detailed report and recommendations of the High Level Panel (HLP) headed by former president Kgalema Motlanthe.

26 Mar 2018
by Marianne Merten
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Parliament: Opt-Out, Traditional Courts Bill supporters’ most hated clause

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 […]

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should be dissolved and the law that established it on the eve of South Africa’s liberation in 1994 should be repealed says an independent High Level Panel headed by former […]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

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 […]