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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Tuesday, 19 June 2018
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
Black people on communal land at mercy of mining firms

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?

Publication Date:
Friday, August 19, 2016 - 12:00
Hope for battle-weary mining community

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.

Publication Date:
Friday, August 19, 2016 - 12:00
A victory to the rural population!

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.

Publication Date:
Friday, July 29, 2016 - 14:45