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.
By Joanna Pickering
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 of revenue he would suffer as a consequence of the mining operation. Mining goes ahead, everybody wins, right?
By Aninka Claassens
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.
By Alliance for Rural Democracy (ARD)
The Alliance for Rural Democracy welcomes the judgement handed down by the Constitutional Court yesterday declaring the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act 15 of 2014 invalid.