Labour tenants, Land News

Negotiations set to begin on a National Programme for settling Labour Tenant Claims

The landmark case that has been compelling the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (the Department) to implement the Land Reform (Labour Tenant) Act returned to court on the 17th May 2016 offering new hope to labour tenants. After many deliberations, Land Claims Court Judge Seena Yacoob declared, “The parties shall negotiate in good faith to conclude a memorandum of understanding. The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform will appoint a senior manager responsible for managing the national implementation of the Land Reform (Labour Tenant) Act.”

Among other key features of the Court Order is the establishment of a National Forum of key Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) who support labour tenants and farm dwellers, which would work together with the Department regarding the development of a national programme for labour tenants and farm dwellers, as well as the monitoring and evaluation of the progress of the programme’s implementation.

The Association For Rural Advancement (AFRA), supported by the Legal Resources Centre, is entering these negotiations cautiously, considering the Department’s consistent failure to effectively implement the Labour Tenant Act or to consult the large majority of labour tenant about their claims over the past 15 years. We remain in direct discussion with labour tenants who are affected, and as AFRA we believe that they should be involved in the settlement of their claims and that a national comprehensive programme with the necessary resources to implement the law needs to be developed – one which has the rights of labour tenants at its centre. Continue reading

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How can the Voluntary Guidelines strengthen tenure rights in South Africa?

by Ruth Hall @RuthHallPLAAS on 10 May 2016

First published on the PLAAS website and reposted by kind permission

South Africa faces numerous challenges when it comes to providing fair governance of land, fisheries and forests. Among these are the need to remedy the racially skewed resource regime; to secure the rights of poor people to natural resources on which their livelihoods depend; and create accessible and democratic governance regimes that are accessible, transparent and accountable to citizens.

How to use the Voluntary Guidelines?

How to do this, and how to use global guidelines to establish agreed standards for governing tenure, was the focus of a national workshop to conduct an initial stakeholder capacity assessment. The meeting, held in Cape Town on 4-6 May 2016, drew together a small but diverse range of participants – from civil society organisations, social movements, private sector, academics, traditional leaders and government – to identify priority next steps.

The FAO and the South African Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) co-hosted this workshop to discuss how to operationalize and use the Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT).

VGGT Group Photo

VGGT Workshop Group Photo

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