Killing the Holy Ghost: Inside the R145bn plan that would destroy the Limpopo River

When Vasco da Gama anchored off the mouth of the Limpopo River in 1498, he named it Espiritu Santo. Around 520 years later, a Chinese businessman wanted by Interpol would do a deal with the South African government to build an 8,000ha Special Economic Zone on the river’s southern bank. The dealmakers would keep many secrets from the ancestral claimants to the land, including their unholy plans for a coal-fired power station.

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Land restitution: Falling back on old elites and entrenching corruption

The grindingly slow pace of land reform is feeding one of the fires gathering intensity in our social fabric. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni acknowledged the lag in his 2020 Budget speech, promising an additional R500-million to settle outstanding claims.

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Chiefs win last-gasp election delay

The Ingonyama Trust and several chiefs were granted an order in the Pietermaritzburg High Court yesterday that postponed the Council election, which was due to be held on Saturday.

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A step backwards for human rights in SA

The Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act goes against the international progress made in protecting the rights of rural and indigenous people, particularly when it comes to mining.

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Traditional Khoi-San Leadership Act Underpinned By Idea That Rural People Cannot Think

Last week South African President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the Traditional Khoi-San Leadership Act. Some have called it controversial, others colonial or corrupting. And indeed, it is all of those things. But it also signals the utter contempt the government has for rural people.

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