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The community of Xolobeni village, in the Eastern Cape, succeesfully challenged the mining of their land in the High Court in 2018. Rogan Ward © Sunday Times.
Law protecting interests of South African communities in mining deals falls shortArticle

The impact of mining operations on rural communities is a contentious issue in South Africa. There is also concern about the manner in which communities are consulted about mining on their land...

14 Apr 2021

African countries' agricultural reforms will ensure free trade deal benefits SA too
African countries' agricultural reforms will ensure free trade deal benefits SA tooArticle

In 2020 alone, amidst a pandemic, South Africa exported US$10,2bn worth of agricultural products, the second largest on record. One market that has consistently been important to South Africa is the African continent, which on average, accounts for 40% of South Africa's agricultural exports...

Wandile Sihlobo 12 Mar 2021

Cabinet approves four bills
Cabinet approves four billsArticle

Cabinet has approved the Land Court Bill and the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Amendment Bill of 2021, among others...

26 Feb 2021

Mixed responses from agri industry following Sona
Mixed responses from agri industry following SonaArticle

For the agricultural industry, there were mixed responses to the State of the Nation Address (Sona). Organised agriculture responded with both positive and negative remarks following the speech on 11 February. Many organisations lauded President Cyril Ramaphosa for highlighting the importance of agriculture in driving economic growth and job creation.

Ursula Human 19 Feb 2021

Court judgment provides clarity on land claim evaluation process
Court judgment provides clarity on land claim evaluation processArticle

In a Land Claims Court judgment on 19 October 2020, Judge Spilg established a precedent for evaluating land claims that places the onus on the Land Claims Commission to ensure that the land intended to be described on the land claim form, and not what was written, is the claim that is investigated...

Samantha Robb 17 Dec 2020

How sub-Saharan Africa can rethink its approach to agriculture
How sub-Saharan Africa can rethink its approach to agricultureArticle

As African economies recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, governments should explore technologies like global positioning systems and blockchain for use in the registration of land rights...

Michael Aliber and Wandile Sihlobo 15 Dec 2020

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Mabuza calls for patience in land reform processArticle

Deputy President David Mabuza has called on rural communities and emerging farmers to exercise restraint and not occupy land that has been advertised for land reform purposes.

27 Nov 2020

Battle for land ends after 22 years
Battle for land ends after 22 yearsArticle

A 22-year land battle by a small community in the Eastern Cape has come to an end with a decision by the Constitutional Court.

Ashraf Hendricks 25 Nov 2020

Expropriation Bill will create a clear framework, says Didiza
Expropriation Bill will create a clear framework, says DidizaArticle

Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Minister Thoko Didiza says she is pleased the Expropriation Bill has been tabled in Parliament...

11 Nov 2020

South Africa’s east and west coastlines have some of the world’s richest, unexploited, naturally occurring heavy mineral sands. Shutterstock
South African community wins right to access mining application. But who will win the war?Article

South African law states that mineral resources are the common heritage of all the country's people. The state is the custodian of these resources for the benefit of all citizens...

Tracy-Lynn Field 14 Oct 2020

Expropriation Bill submitted to Parliament
Expropriation Bill submitted to ParliamentArticle

The Expropriation Bill 2020 has been submitted to Parliament for introduction...

12 Oct 2020

South Africa's land reform policies need to embrace social, economic and ecological sustainability
South Africa's land reform policies need to embrace social, economic and ecological sustainabilityArticle

South Africa's that current land reform strategies focus too narrowly on agricultural outcomes and transferred ownership - this undermines equitable and sustainable land reform...

23 Sep 2020

Mining and community engagement: the latest decision
Mining and community engagement: the latest decisionArticle

A recent decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal has clarified some issues relating to mining applications and consultation with affected communities...

Merlita Kennedy & Jared Ishmael 4 Sep 2020

Tongaat Hulett celebrates women in sugar cane farming
Tongaat Hulett celebrates women in sugar cane farmingArticle

Ranging from owner and farmer manager to junior farm assistant, Tongaat Hulett is celebrating three inspiring KwaZulu-Natal women in agriculture this Women's Month who are involved in sugar cane farming...

21 Aug 2020

Africa's high density urban settlements: cut the red tape and slash the cost of housing
Africa's high density urban settlements: cut the red tape and slash the cost of housingArticle

The challenges of informal settlements have once again been thrown into the spotlight in the midst of the current pandemic...

Astrid R.N. Haas and Victoria Delbridge 4 Aug 2020

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Raising a red flag on the privatisation of communal landArticle

During an online workshop hosted by the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, participants discussed rapid and 'silent' privatisation of customary land under the theme women's land tenure security and livelihoods in Southern Africa...

13 Jul 2020

Revolutionise food production system or face mass deforestation, scientists warn
Revolutionise food production system or face mass deforestation, scientists warnArticle

Indigenous and local communities face threats from biodiversity loss...

Julie Mollins 20 Feb 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (centre) with a host of African leaders at the UK Africa Investment Summit in London. EPA-EFE/Hollie Adams
UK-Africa trade and investment: who benefits?Article

There has been much about a major Africa investment summit being hosted by the UK. Attended by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and an array of royals, a great deal of hopeful win-win-win rhetoric abounded linked to forging new partnerships for a post-Brexit future...

Ian Scoones 24 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Mining - the future in 2020: An optimistic forecast
#BizTrends2020: Mining - the future in 2020: An optimistic forecastArticle

Mining remains one of the major contributors to the South African economy. In 2019, the mining industry saw a number of exciting developments. More interesting developments lie ahead...

Athi Jara 6 Jan 2020

2019 Conference on Land Policy in Africa: Why it matters
2019 Conference on Land Policy in Africa: Why it mattersArticle

This year's Conference on Land Policy in Africa, 25-29 November, is themed 'Winning the fight against corruption in the land sector in Africa'...

25 Nov 2019

An estimated R5bn in income to the Bakgatla community cannot be accounted for. Archive photo: Ashraf Hendricks
The chief, the mines and the lost Bakgatla billionsArticle

After two years of investigations of the flow of billions of rands into and out of the Bakgatla ba Kgafela community, the work of the Baloyi Commission of Inquiry may come to nothing...

Wilmien Wicomb 28 Oct 2019

Women in agriculture: Unsung heroes around the globe
Women in agriculture: Unsung heroes around the globeArticle

Let's move away from treating gender issues as "something at the end-of-the-day" business...

Konanani Liphadzi 23 Oct 2019

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Global uncertainty continues to slow growth in Africa's economiesArticle

Africa's economies are not immune to what is happening in the rest of the world, and this is reflected in the subdued growth rates across the region...

11 Oct 2019

Lake Turkana Wind Power turbines. LTW
How Kenya's mega wind power project is hurting communitiesArticle

Kenya recently launched the Lake Turkana Wind Power project, Africa's largest wind energy project and the biggest public-private investment in Kenyan history...

Zoe Cormack 3 Sep 2019

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Land reform report big on historical context, sketchy on the futureArticle

Professor Nhlanhla Cyril Mbatha, a professor at the Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership, discusses the findings and flaws of the Presidential Advisory Panel's report on South Africa's land reform and agriculture...

Professor Nhlanhla Cyril Mbatha 15 Aug 2019

District Six: Why judge described minister as "reckless and grossly negligent"
District Six: Why judge described minister as "reckless and grossly negligent"Article

On 2 August, the Land Claims Court delivered an important judgment for people forcefully removed from their homes during apartheid who have still not received restitution from the government under the Restitution of Land Rights Act...

Geoffrey Allsop 13 Aug 2019

Illovo Sugar Africa and partners launch LandAssess Tool
Illovo Sugar Africa and partners launch LandAssess ToolArticle

In order to implement its land rights policies and commitments, Illovo Sugar Africa has collaborated with Landesa and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in the development of a new Landesa LandAssess Tool...

31 Jul 2019

Advisory panel releases final land reform report
Advisory panel releases final land reform reportArticle

The Presidential Expert Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture has proposed for the amendment of the Constitution that clarifies that expropriation without compensation may be necessary in limited circumstances...

29 Jul 2019

Giba Communal Property Association signs partnership agreement with private investor
Giba Communal Property Association signs partnership agreement with private investorArticle

Facilitated through Vumelana Advisory Funds' community-private partnership model, the Giba Communal Property Association (CPA) has signed off 127 hectares for two lease agreements with private investor W van R Schmidt...

4 Apr 2019

Allan Reid, director and mining sector head in the corporate & commercial practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
Ramaphosa's sunrise industry starts to shineArticle

Although there are still challenges facing the South African mining sector, regulatory certainty and President Cyril Ramaphosa's administration could spell a new dawn for the industry...

Allan Reid 13 Mar 2019

The Xolobeni Conundrum: Land vs Mining Rights
The Xolobeni Conundrum: Land vs Mining RightsArticle

Mining is one of the major contributors to South Africa's economy. In recent months, South African courts have seen a series of judgments which pronounce and set legal precedent on the question of conflict of use between mining rights and rights to land...

Athi Jara and Bongani Memani 6 Mar 2019

New report: Setting realistic targets for biofuel production in sub-Saharan Africa
New report: Setting realistic targets for biofuel production in sub-Saharan AfricaArticle

It's estimated that by 2050, global aviation could account for over 22% of all global carbon dioxide emissions due to rapid growth in air traffic...

25 Jan 2019

Why South African community's win against mining company matters
Why South African community's win against mining company mattersArticle

A South African High Court has passed an important judgment putting a stop to the pervasive practice by companies to mine ancestral lands...

Sonwabile Mnwana 14 Dec 2018

Communities in South Africa’s North West Province are embroiled in battles with chiefs over land. EPA/Jon Hrusa
South African court resets power balance between villagers, mines and chiefsArticle

South Africa's Constitutional Court recently passed an important judgement that's fundamentally challenged the power imbalance between mining companies and local communities in rural parts of the country...

Sonwabile Mnwana 20 Nov 2018

Why giving South Africans title deeds isn't the panacea for land reform
Why giving South Africans title deeds isn't the panacea for land reformArticle

The land reform debate in South Africa has become increasingly polarised...

Simon Hull 14 Nov 2018

Farm workers demand dividends from black empowerment scheme
Farm workers demand dividends from black empowerment schemeArticle

On Saturday, 10 November, about 100 farm workers and their supporters marched to Endulini Fruit Farm in Patensie, Eastern Cape, to hand over a list of demands to managers...

Joseph Chirume 13 Nov 2018

Namibian farmland by Sigismund von Dobschütz, CC BY-SA 3.0,
Namibia's long-standing land issue remains unresolvedArticle

Thirty years of German settler colonialism in South West Africa - from 1884 to 1914 - paved the way for continued apartheid under South Africa...

Henning Melber 13 Nov 2018

Bauxite mining boom in Guinea threatens locals
Bauxite mining boom in Guinea threatens localsArticle

Mabinty lives in a village in Guinea's Boké region, about 250km northwest of Conakry, the capital...

17 Oct 2018

Survey shows a majority of South Africans support land reform
Survey shows a majority of South Africans support land reformArticle

Unequal access to land in South Africa continues to prevent citizens from enjoying human dignity, rights and security...

Benjamin Roberts and Narnia Bohler-Muller 9 Oct 2018

Greenwashing: corporate tree planting generates goodwill but may sometimes harm the planet
Greenwashing: corporate tree planting generates goodwill but may sometimes harm the planetArticle

Trees do a lot more for us than you probably think...

Benjamin Neimark 26 Sep 2018

Changes to the Constitution may boost, not weaken, South African property rights
Changes to the Constitution may boost, not weaken, South African property rightsArticle

The South African government's plan to change the constitution to mention land expropriation without compensation could, ironically, end up strengthening the property rights on which investment depends...

Steven Friedman 6 Aug 2018

Evictions in Nairobi: why the city has a problem and what can be done to fix it
Evictions in Nairobi: why the city has a problem and what can be done to fix itArticle

A new road in Nairobi, Kenya, is set to displace up to 30,000 Kibera slum residents...

Kefa Otiso 25 Jul 2018

Provincial public hearings on Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill complete
Provincial public hearings on Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill completeArticle

The public hearings on the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill have been completed in all provinces by the Portfolio Committee on Rural Development and Land Reform...

20 Jul 2018

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Kwanalu, AgriSA meet with KZN farmers ahead of EWC hearingsArticle

To keep farmers informed and to gather their feedback, Kwanalu, together with AgriSA, hosted a workshop for the heads of all KZN farmers' associations and leaders of local commodity groups ahead of the Expropriation without Compensations hearings in mid-July...

31 May 2018

The area where Sun International’s popular Fish River Sun resort used to be has been claimed by three communities. Image from
Why the Fish River Sun land claim case took 20 yearsArticle

On 10 April 2018, the Land Claims Court delivered judgment in a case involving three competing land claims...

Ohene Yaw Ampofo-Anti 24 Apr 2018

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South Africa's land debate is clouded by misrepresentation and lack of dataArticle

There is only the haziest of understandings of how well or how badly land reform is doing, and why. The woeful record keeping of national and local government departments is partly to blame. But they are not the sole culprits...

Ben Cousins 12 Mar 2018

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MPs rap Ingonyama Trust over dilution of land rightsArticle

Parliament's portfolio committee on rural development and land reform has rebuked the Ingonyama Trust for watering down the rights of people living on its land...

Tamar Kahn 9 Mar 2018

Land expropriation without compensation cannot be justifiable: A series of challenges
Land expropriation without compensation cannot be justifiable: A series of challengesArticle

Based on his research studies, Professor Cyril Mbatha of the Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership weighs in on the land reform debate...

Professor Cyril Mbatha 1 Mar 2018

Vera Songwe, European Union Economic Commission for Africa’s executive secretary
Africa needs energy to growArticle

Africa's underdeveloped energy infrastructure and growing demand could be the catalyst to attract private sector investment and thereby actually fast-track energy development...

7 Dec 2017

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