Tag: Land Claims

Hope for battle-weary mining community

North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has done little to find out what has happened to mining funds. Rural groups across the country face huge legal and logistical obstacles when they try to hold traditional leaders and the government to account for mining deals on their land.

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Black people on communal land at mercy of mining firms

A wealthy commercial farm owner is approached by a mining company that has been licensed by the state to mine on his land. The company approaches the farm owner to negotiate a surface lease. The farm owner employs a legal team, has his farmland and commercial operations valued and negotiates a lease consonant with the loss …

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RWAR on Morning Live’s Discussion on Land

On 16 March 2015, Dr Aninka Claassens of the Rural Women’s Action Research Programme, ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, CEO of AgriSA Hans Van der Merwe and Dr Mandla Buthelezi of African Farmer Association of South Africa were Morning Live’s to discuss the issue of land reform in South Africa. Below are the links to the videos, in four parts: …

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Government cocks a snook at the courts over labour tenants

South Africans disagree sharply about who should own the land. They disagree too about who should be the country’s future farmers and food providers. But few South Africans would disagree that our future as a peaceful, if not prosperous, country depends on respect for the judiciary and the Courts. And yet the sorry case of …

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A struggle in vain: a labour tenant’s story

His name means Struggle, and despite turning 101 in January, Zabalaza Mshengu is still struggling to get government to process his legal claim to the land where he hopes to live out the time he has left. From his derelict home on a commercial farm near Ashburton KwaZulu Natal, Mshengu points across the N3, shaking …

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