Tag: Department of Rural Development and Land Reform

Choosing chiefs over the people

  AT a briefing on land-related legislation by Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti earlier this month, traditional leaders claimed that a new planning law, the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act, undermines their authority to manage communal land. They said that by granting local government this power, the act strips traditional leadership …

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Proposed communal land policy could replay 1913

  The  government has tried and serially failed in the 21 years since democracy dawned to resolve questions around the authority of traditional leaders in South Africa’s rural areas and, aligned to that, the forms of land ownership that should apply in the former apartheid homelands. It seems now to be gearing up to try …

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Traditional leaders use archaic laws to cling to the land

MAYIBUYE iAfrika! This was a rallying cry that defined the struggle against colonialism and apartheid. This slogan refers, among other things, to the land which was taken away from Africans by colonists. But this dream has not been realised under the land reform programme post-1994 because of tension in approaches. Traditional leaders claim that land …

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Dikgang Moseneke: Constitution allows for land expropriation*

At a public discussion on the land question in Johannesburg on Friday, February 27, Dikgang Moseneke, the Deputy Chief Judge of the Constitutional Court, began his remarks with a well-known quote from Frantz Fanon: “For a colonized people the most essential value, because the most concrete, is first and foremost the land: the land which …

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Rural land rights in jeopardy*

More than 2 000 people attended a recent government summit on land tenure security. They included large numbers of traditional leaders, but also farmworkers, farm dwellers, land reform beneficiaries and people living in the former homelands whose voices are often most marginalised in the national discourse. While there were some divergent views, one of the clearest messages …

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