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Land rights and mining


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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Card image 18 July 2019 News 24

Malema buddy’s mine leaves community reeling

A mine linked to Adriano Mazzotti, the controversial businessman and associate of Julius Malema, has left a rural Limpopo community reeling from infighting and violent protests.

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Card image 14 July 2019 The Conversation

How South Africa’s rural communities are getting a raw deal from mining

South Africa's rural communities where mining licenses have been granted are often excluded from consultations and bear the brunt having their environment and livelihoods destroyed.

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Card image 05 July 2019 Lexology

Mining in South Africa

A structured guide to mining in South Africa

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