Who controls the land and minerals in the former Bantustans of South Africa – chiefs, the state or landholders? Disputes are taking place around the ownership of resources, decisions about their exploitation and who should benefit.
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By Zukiswa Pikoli Rural activists say that the Ingonyama Trust judgment reveals a culture of exploitation of the most vulnerable by traditional leadership and the government, to benefit elites.
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By Shannon Herd-Hoare and Ramabina Mahapa If mining comes to Makhasaneni in rural KwaZulu-Natal, will the community be compensated fairly — and how? The market value of land or immovables such as homesteads is the usual determinant. But excluding the cultural aspects of dependence on land helps explain why so few communities have been left …
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By Ben Cousins In a landmark judgment a South African high court has declared that people living on customary land in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, notionally held in trust by the Ingonyama (king) of the Zulu people, are the “true and beneficial owners” of that land.
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By Zukiswa Pikoli That the Ingonyama Trust has been found exploitative and the minister remiss in her duties is symptomatic of a bigger malaise at play here.
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