AFRA News, SEFA

Siyaphambili Emajuba Farm Dwellers Association (SEFA)

Training Workshop in Newcastle – Amajuba, 02 & 03 July 2015

By Siyabonga Sithole

Siya facilitating SEFASEFA Workshop

AFRA, through its ICCO-funded Farm Dweller Legal Support Project, plans and carries out training workshops in farm dweller communities in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) where rights-violations are prevalent. It is the view of AFRA that a right not known is as good as a non-existent right. Farm dwellers need to be capacitated to take control of their own struggle to protect their own rights. AFRA has built and maintained partnerships with community leaders and community based organisations across the KZN province in the quest to give those in the proverbial hole tools to dig themselves out. Continue reading

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Land News

Hilton land claimants finally get their day in court

17 SEP 2014, Mail & Guardian (read the article online here)

by KWANELE SOSIBO

After 13 years of government stalling, about 18 000 Hilton College Estate labour tenants will have their case heard in the Land Claims Court.

A class action suit by 18 000 labour tenants, which seeks to quicken the labour tenant claims process, will finally be heard on Thursday in the Land Claims Court in Johannesburg.

The primary applicants in this case – referred to as Mwelase & Afra (Association for Rural Advancement) and Others vs the Director General (Department of Land Reform and Rural Development) – occupy land on the Hilton College Estate in KwaZulu-Natal, which stretches from the school to the commercial farmland and all the way south to the Umngeni River. They lodged claims for acquisition of the land in 2000, a process that stagnated after initial negotiations. Continue reading

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AFRA News, Land News

Government cocks a snook at the courts over labour tenant

By Donna Hornby

April 6, 2013

South Africans disagree sharply about who should own the land. They disagree too about who should be the country’s future farmers and food providers. But few South Africans would disagree that our future as a peaceful, if not prosperous, country depends on respect for the judiciary and the Courts. And yet the sorry case of four labour tenants and an NGO indicates a government happy to push judicial parameters to the extreme in order to avoid implementing the law.

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