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Card image 01 June 2017 Without Prejudice, Volume 17 Number 5, Jun 2017, p. 30 - 32

Without Prejudice – The Expropriation Bill: The cost of everything, the value of nothing – property law

It is widely anticipated the Expropriation Bill, once passed by parliament, will be used as a catalyst to initiate large-scale expropriation of property in order to fast-track land reform in South Africa. The burning question, and the uncertainty brought about by the Bill, is whether the value of the expropriated property will be taken into consideration by the new office of the valuer general, when determining the amount of compensation payable to the owner/holder of expropriated property.

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#LandConference Dineo Skosana illuminates the trauma and spiritual insecurity associated with exhumation and reburial to make way for mining activities. Mining leads to the dispossession both the living and the dead.

#landconference Dineo Skosana focuses on coal mining in KZN at Somkhele.
Dispossession is not a historic phenomenon - a product of apartheid, but is a continuous experience for mining affected communities - combining both tangible and intangible losses including ancestral graves

Grace Maledu's message to government: 1. stop prioritising traditional leaders 2. visit our villages to see how we are living 3. restore our forefathers' properties to us. Think about us - we elected you and are disappointed! #LandConference

Grace Maledu speaking powerfully at the #LandConference. "What am I going to benefit after they have removed the minerals from our country? We are born and are going to die being black. Let’s not hesitate to come forward and battle for our future, for our children."

#Landconference Important questions (and frustrations) raised about how the power to define has been appropriated and continues to be exercised from above. Even the rural village has been recast as a European construct with its roots in colonial and apartheid betterment planning.

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