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Card image 25 November 2022 The conversation

South Africa’s small-scale fishers have been marginalised since apartheid – what needs to change

South Africa’s policies need to do more to protect vulnerable and marginalised small-scale fishers and fishing communities.

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Card image 13 November 2022 Daily Maverick

Greens see red over ‘blue apartheid’

The Green Connection believes that pursuing fossil fuels does little to address South Africa’s economic crisis, much less address the energy crisis, and proposes an alternative vision for the future of the country’s energy and economic landscape.

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Card image 07 November 2022 Daily Maverick

Land Bank shows promising turnaround signs, but faces long road to recovery

The state-owned lender is profitable again. The Land Bank is lending money to emerging and established farmers after suspending such activity for nearly two years. It has also started to repay money owed to lenders. But the Land Bank still faces smothering operational problems.

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Card image 08 November 2022 BusinessDay

ANC and Ngonyama Trust to co-operate on rural development in KZN

Newly crowned Zulu King Misuzulu kaZwelithini, the sole trustee, has endorsed his late father’s commitment to uplift local communities

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Card image 27 October 2022 Daily Maverick

Calls to declare North West a disaster area after devastating blazes ravage farmland

North West villagers and farmers are calling for the Provincial Disaster Management Centre to declare recent veld fires a disaster after almost half a million hectares of land were destroyed over a period of six months this year.

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Card image 25 October 2022 SANews

Land Bank, DALRRD relaunch Blended Finance Scheme

The Land Bank, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD), has relaunched the Blended Finance Scheme to assist historically disadvantaged farmers.

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Card image 24 October 2022 Daily Maverick

Limpopo’s Greater Letaba water catchment area threatened by agricultural activity

Increased and more industrialised agricultural activity, that has transitioned from low-irrigation crops to water-intense ones, is a concern to residents and threatens biodiversity in the area, as farming practices encroach on pristine nature in the Limpopo area.

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Card image 24 October 2022 Daily Maverick

A ‘just transition’ must help SA meet its developmental objectives and fight poverty – Barbara Creecy

Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Barbara Creecy on Monday laid out South Africa’s position and expectations for COP27, the UN climate conference in Egypt next month. Issues of funding and a rebuilding of trust between developed and developing countries were at the forefront.

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Card image 23 October 2022 Daily Maverick

Poverty and unemployment lurk in the shadow of the murder of a German tourist at Numbi Gate

A land-claim community lodge is one of many businesses having to pay from their own coffers to keep foreign tourists safe in the dangerous neighbourhood of the Kruger National Park – as poor people struggle in areas surrounding the reserve.

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Card image 19 October 2022 Engineering News

Land Bank performance improving, but liability solution crucial – Masondo

The last three years have been challenging for both government and the Land Bank and, although there have been improvements in performance under the leadership of the new board, it is important that the debt situation be remedied and the bank returns to full operations expeditiously, Deputy Finance Minister Dr David Masondo said in a presentation to Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance on October 19. The presentation was in response to a call for the National Treasury to brief the committee on the policy direction for the Land Bank, as well as to request the committee to support the amendment of Section 45 of the Land Bank Act as presented previously by Treasury.

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The Launch of the Sustainable Livelihood Development Program for Communities in the Gorongosa National Park Sustainable Development Zone https://clubofmozambique.com/news/the-launch-of-the-sustainable-livelihood-development-program-for-communities-in-the-gorongosa-national-park-sustainable-development-zone-229560/ via @twitter

South Africa’s small-scale fishers have been marginalised since apartheid -- what needs to change https://theconversation.com/south-africas-small-scale-fishers-have-been-marginalised-since-apartheid-what-needs-to-change-194742?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=bylinetwitterbutton via @TC_Africa

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Land reform in South Africa: 5 myths about farming debunked https://www.timeslive.co.za/ideas/2022-11-26-land-reform-in-south-africa-5-myths-about-farming-debunked/ via @TimesLIVE

Richards Bay Minerals wants the high court to remove amakhosi and their families as trustees and beneficiaries of four trusts to which it has thus far paid R500 million in dividends to stop “abuse” of the funding, intended for community development.
https://www.miningweekly.com/article/richards-bay-minerals-in-court-bid-against-trusts-says-most-of-r530m-didnt-reach-communities-2022-11-18

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