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, 27 June 2017
Radio debate on Lonmin deal shut down

By Sobantu Mzwakali

On Thursday, a crowd of around 150 people, including members of the Bapo Ba Mogale Traditional Council, forced Madibeng FM, a community radio station in Brits, to cancel a live interview with critics of the community’s leadership.

Publication Date:
Friday, July 22, 2016 - 12:45
Invitation: Screening of Black Lives Matter - 21 July 2016

You are invited to a screening of Joseph Oesi’s powerful documentary film, Black Lives Matter.  There will be a discussion with the film-maker immediately after the screening.

Publication Date:
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 12:15
KZN land tenure is injury and insult

By Philile Ntuli

WHEN King Goodwill Zwelithini announced recently that title deeds would be issued to households in rural KwaZulu-Natal, he omitted to say how this would fit in with the long-term lease agreements being issued by the Ingonyama Trust Board, of which he is the sole trustee.

Publication Date:
Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 11:15
Rural community’s attempt for redress sidelined by leadership

By Sobantu Mzwakali

About 300 members of the Mapela community in Limpopo marched to the tribal council office on Friday to present their grievances about a settlement agreement signed between Amplats and their chief, Kgoshi David Langa.

Langa did not meet the marchers and representatives of the tribal council refused to accept the memorandum or to engage with community members directly. They said the community should send their headman as their representative.

Publication Date:
Friday, May 13, 2016 - 11:30