The Mining & Trusts programme, funded by the Ford Foundation, was launched in 2014 to assist mine-hosting communities in the former homelands who have not received meaningful benefits from mining taking place on their land.
A series of recent laws and policies attempt to give traditional authorities unaccountable powers to administer justice, manage natural resources like land and minerals, and control development in the former homeland areas of South Africa.
Kwa-Zulu Natal
The Constitution provides for various land rights, including the right to restitution and to equitable access to land. Section 25(6) creates a right to tenure security for those whose rights are legally insecure as the result of past discrimination...
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Monday, 26 June 2017
Invitation: Screening of This Land - 30 November 2016

“We have seen that the chiefs are selling land to business people, mining companies, giving land to foreigners to build malls. We know that sometimes our land rights are not properly written in the law. But we know that traditionally we have a land right.” 
-  Mbhekiseni Mavuso, Makhasaneni, Kwazulu-Natal.

Publication Date:
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 08:30
Community celebrates as iron mine plan shelved

By Sifiso Dladla

Ululation, songs and slogans set the tone at Makhasaneni near Melmoth in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday when scores of community members gathered to celebrate the decision by Indian company Jindal Africa to shelve an application to mine their land.

Publication Date:
Monday, August 29, 2016 - 14:15
The special hell of Marikana's mining women

By Nyasha Karimakwenda

Poignantly capturing the essence of the average young black South African woman’s experience, African-American scholar Teresa Barnes once wrote that violence against black women is “not an event; it is like water in which they are forced to swim ”.

Publication Date:
Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 11:00
Bapo Ba Mogale community: Provincial government to blame for missing funds

By Brendan Boyle

North West community leaders today (5 August) rejected a plan by Obed Bapela, deputy minister in the department of cooperative governance and traditional affairs, to consult traditional leaders on new norms and standards for the management of revenues from mining on communal land.

Publication Date:
Friday, August 19, 2016 - 14:45