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 better off after being displaced by mining, and why so many resist mining on their land.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.customcontested.co.za/the-value-of-land-for-people-displaced-by-mining-cannot-be-measured-in-monetary-terms-alone/
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.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.customcontested.co.za/what-landmark-kwazulu-natal-court-ruling-means-for-land-reform-in-south-africa/
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.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.customcontested.co.za/rural-rights-victory-over-ingonyama-trust-would-please-late-activist-mamsizani-ngubane/
By LARC, 7 June 2021
On 14 May 2021, LARC researcher, Nokwanda Sihlali, participated in a radio discussion with Chief Land Claims Commissioner (CLCC), Nomfundo Ntloko-Gobodo on Power FM.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.customcontested.co.za/apology-for-comments-made-on-power-fm-on-14-may-2021/
By David Mtshali
People like our client and others who may be summoned to appear in a traditional court will be negatively impacted by the bill as they will be forced to appear in a traditional court, even if it is against their will and against their customary law.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.customcontested.co.za/how-the-lived-experience-of-traditional-courts-will-change-if-the-traditional-courts-bill-becomes-law/