01 Oct 2014
by Tara Weinberg
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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 […]

01 Oct 2014
by Custom Contested
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Abahlali baseMjondolo Chairperson in KwaNdengezi Thuli Ndlovu was assassinated last night

Below is a press statement from Abahlali baseMjondolo, made on Tuesday, 30 September 2014: Thuli Ndlovu, the Abahlali baseMjondolo Chairperson in KwaNdengezi, was Assassinated last Night Between half past six and seven last night an armed man burst into Thuli […]

11 Sep 2014
by Ruth Hall
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We want rights – not equity, say farmworkers*

The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) achieved something momentous at the three-day National Land Tenure Summit in Boksburg last week – it united farm workers and farm owners in opposition to its proposal to split the ownership […]

05 Sep 2014
by Tara Weinberg
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Land Tenure Summit – issues and background

The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) is currently hosting a Land Tenure Summit in Boksburg, Gauteng, where various laws and policies on land reform are being debated. Read our background position papers, which were distributed at the […]

01 Jul 2014
by Custom Contested
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Existing claimants waiting to see if government will put money where its mouth is, as Zuma signs Restitution Bill

MEDIA STATEMENT by the Alliance for Rural Democracy Attention: Political and parliamentary journalists News producers and editors For immediate release On June 30, 2014, President Jacob Zuma signed the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill into law. From July 1, […]

17 Jun 2014
by Brendan Boyle
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Settlement of land claims slumps ahead of reopening of claims process

As the government prepares to give a second chance to people whose land was taken from them under colonial and apartheid rule, the office responsible for land restitution has reported to parliament that the settlement of claims had slowed to […]

13 May 2014
by Aninka Claassens
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Haste over land rights bill not just in aid of buying votes*

AMONG the slew of “priority” laws hastily adopted at the final sitting of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) was the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill. This is an exact replay of what happened in 2004, when the contentious […]