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King Zwelithini to intervene at troubled Ingonyama Trust Board only when asked by minister

By Clive Ndou King Goodwill Zwelithini says he will not intervene at the troubled Ingonyama Trust unless he is approached by Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza. He is the sole trustee.

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Card image 02 February 2021 Parliament South Africa


The Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of expression, as long as this freedom is not used as propaganda for war, incitement to violence or the advocacy of hatred based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion.

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Card image 04 February 2021 Daily Maverick

Traditional Courts Bill: How to entrench inequality and a parallel reality for 18 million marginalised South Africans

Rural South Africans are being systematically stripped of the few residual assets they managed to hold on to despite apartheid. Members of Parliament are about to create a parallel and separate legal system that denies 18 million people the right to access South Africa’s mainstream court system.

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Agriculture minister Didiza ‘clears the air’ as EFF calls for her remova

The Red Berets have called for Thoko Didiza to step down from her position, citing incompetence following failure to submit her department’s annual performance report to Parliament.

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Card image 18 January 2021 Mail & Guardian

Ingonyama Trust to get a new board ‘soon’

By Paddy Harper The process of appointing a new, permanent Ingonyama Trust Board (ITB) — and an investigation into the land administration entity’s finances — has still not been concluded, despite the 1 January  deadline set by Land Reform Minister Thoko Didiza. But, says her spokesperson, Reggie Ngcobo, the two processes remain on track and should be wrapped up … Continue reading

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Special Investigating Unit freezes state pension payout of fired CFO

Former Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Department CFO Jacob Hlatshwayo is being probed for alleged corruption, malpractice and maladministration over the awarding of a PPE contract.

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Card image 23 December 2020 All Africa

South Africa’s Land and Women’s Rights Activist Sizani Ngubane Dies

South African women's land rights activist Sizani Ngubane has died, according to the Rural Women's Movement (RWM) - an organisation of which she was the director and founder.

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Card image 12 December 2020 Mail & Guardian

‘Scrap Ingonyama’s unlawful leases’

Customary law and residents’ customary rights have been degraded, the high court has heard

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Card image 09 December 2020 AllAfrica

Rural South Africans Fight for Zulu King to Return Their Land

Lawyers say rural residents unable to pay a new rental fee for their ancestral land face the risk of evictions

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Card image 08 December 2020 Daily Maverick

Time for the Ingonyama Trust Board to explain how it manages its land

Rural residents who have been asked to sign away their customary rights to land held in trust for them by the Ingonyama Trust are hoping that they will finally get answers from a case in the Pietermaritzburg High Court.

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"Hunger is largely due to poverty and inequality, not scarcity. The decades-long “green revolution” push for industrial agriculture in India has left a harsh legacy of harm for both the ecosystem and smallholder farmers" @USRightToKnow An interesting initiative from the Global Initiative for Open Data on Agriculture and Nutrition. Could this be of value in South Africa?

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Losing practices, relationships and agency: ecological deskilling as a consequence of the uptake of modern seed varieties among South African Smallholders

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