Entries by AFRA

Labour Tenants Rising Strong

by Laurel Oettle As we watched and recorded over 90 Labour Tenants and supporters march to the Land Claims Court in Randburg, Johannesburg, on Friday 29th January, I found myself awash in a whirl of emotions. Hope, elation and anxiety all swirled along with the familiar songs and chants, memories of struggles past of which I […]

Labour tenancy claims bring deep history into the present

Published in the Daily Maverick on the 20th January 2016. See the published article here. Judge Mokotedi Mpshe will be asked next week to appoint a “Special Master” to see that the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, and Minister Gugile Nkwinti do their jobs. YVES VANDERHAEGHEN reports on a drawn-out case involving labour tenants, bureaucratic […]

101 Year Old ‘Struggle’ to Find Restitution

Zabalaza Mshengu is iconic of the plight of many thousands of labour tenants across South Africa. We have told his story before, and we will continue to do so until the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) fully implements the Land Reform (Labour Tenants) Act, and upholds the rights of our citizens. A luta continua!

Tribute to the Legend: William Mnyandu (1933 – 2015)

Tribute to the Legend: William Mnyandu (1933 – 2015) By: Ndabe Ziqubu Mr. Mnyandu was a land rights activist who demonstrated his concerns about people’s rights in land while he was an induna at Ekuthuleni and beyond. He was concerned about the tenure conditions under which people lived, which proved to be very insecure, and […]

Limpopo, a forgotten province

By Tom Draper Community members from Newcastle and Dannhauser exhibited shock as we walked through homesteads in Baltimore, in Limpopo. One of the witnesses vowed never again to complain about the living conditions that he faces in his own province of KwaZulu-Natal. These were scenes as AFRA visited community members in rural Limpopo. In the […]

Farm Dwellers Advocacy Network Unites

When asked, during the second meeting of newly-formed Farm Dwellers Advocacy Network, to choose an animal to represent the struggle that farm dwellers face each day, a community leader replied, “uBhejane”: the rhino. The rhino was used to make the analogy that the people who used to have strength are threatened by poachers – the poachers represent those […]

AFRA’s New Logo & Website: Thank You!

Today AFRA has launched their new logo and website, and we would like to express our deepest gratitude to those who helped make this possible: Matthew da Silva and Bridget Young. https://afraland.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/cropped-cropped-afra-new-logo.png ” data-medium-file=”https://afraland.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/cropped-cropped-afra-new-logo.png?w=282″ data-large-file=”https://afraland.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/cropped-cropped-afra-new-logo.png?w=282″ class=”aligncenter wp-image-118 size-full” src=”https://afraland.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/cropped-cropped-afra-new-logo.png?w=730″ alt=”AFRA-new-logo.png” srcset=”https://afraland.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/cropped-cropped-afra-new-logo.png 282w, https://afraland.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/cropped-cropped-afra-new-logo.png?w=150 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 282px) 100vw, 282px” style=”box-sizing: inherit; border: 0px; height: auto; max-width: […]

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 […]

Siyaphambili Emajuba Farm Dwellers Association (SEFA)

Training Workshop in Newcastle – Amajuba, 02 & 03 July 2015 By Siyabonga Sithole 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 […]