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Land rights and mining


Card image 14 November 2019 New Frame

Mining activities still dispossess black families

Mining companies and some heritage consultants don’t understand the sacredness attached to ancestral remains and the meaning of land in African communities.

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Card image 13 November 2019 IOL

Drought threatens SA’s food security

Prevailing conditions could collapse rural economies and decimate the country’s entire agricultural industry.

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Card image 16 October 2019 Mail & Guardian

Mantashe’s dangerous energy agenda is from the Trump playbook

Workers are protesting against South Africa’s destabilising energy policies: they want a just transition that doesn’t leave them jobless

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Card image 27 September 2019 Mail & Guardian

Kgosi’s role in vanishing billions

An inquiry reveals that mining houses, auditors, lawyers, the traditional authority and the North West government watched as the law was ignored

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Card image 26 September 2019 BusinessDay

State’s mining bias is making the poor poorer

Land deals that favour traditional leaders and large companies are robbing communities of their rights

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Card image 23 September 2019 Lexology

Mining rights and title in South Africa

An overview of legal and practical considerations surrounding mining rights and title in South Africa, including the extent of state control, renewal and transfer of licences, and protection of rights.

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Card image 13 September 2019 Mail & Guardian

Xolobeni mining ruling compromises the state

‘Community consent’ is now required for mining but in practice this further benefits elite interests

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Card image 10 September 2019 South Coast Herald

Pondoland mining: Beauty, blood and uncertainty (PART 1)

It is also understood that the one-kilometre-wide coastal conservation area, declared in terms of a 1992 environmental decree, along the entire Transkei coast will be ignored.

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Card image 08 September 2019 Daily Maverick

Stealing the Crust III: Universal lessons from a local mining fraud

In late August 2019, mere days before mass violence erupted in central Johannesburg, the Baloyi Commission released its report into the corruption that had been plaguing the Bakgatla Ba Kgafela, an indigenous community of 350,000, since at least 1998.

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Card image 21 July 2019 Daily Maverick

Mining-affected communities are in a crisis which present law cannot address

Given the consequences of mining, it is not surprising that communities living on previously unmined land are increasingly resisting the imposition of mining development and demanding respect for the right to consent to development that occurs on their land.

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