Entries by AFRA

Reaction to Land Reform with AFRA’s Laurel Oettle

AFRA’s Director, Laurel Oettlé, discusses her views and those of the South African Land Network National Engagement Strategy (LandNNES) members on last week’s media briefing by Minister Thoko Didiza on Cabinet’s responses to the President’s Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture’s recommendations. What’s your take on the recommendations? Update 24/12/2019: Thank you to everyone […]

Qina Mbokodo – Be Strong Like a Rock, was recently screened at Maritzburg Social Justice Festival

The 10th annual Maritzburg Social Justice Film and Arts Festival, hosted by PACSA in collaboration with the Association for Rural Advancement (AFRA), the University of KwaZulu-Natal Alan Paton Centre and Struggle Archives, The Witness, the Gay and Lesbian Network, the KZN Language Institute, and Groundwork, took place on Saturday, 28 September 2019. The festival is […]

State’s failures impede land reform

Timothy Fish Hodgson, Mail and Guardian  Too late: Bhekindlela Mwelase died in November last year, six months before the Constitutional Court dignified his claim to the land that he had worked on as a labour tenant for most of his life. (Max Bastard/African Eyes Photography) LAND Last week the Constitutional Court handed down a crucial […]

Court judgment to restore farm dwellers’ dignity

Musawenkosi Cabe, NewFrame A Pietermaritzburg High Court ruling has found that municipalities were in breach of the Constitution in not providing labour tenants and farm occupiers with essential and basic services. December 2015: Zabalaza Mshengu outside his home on Edmore Farm. Mshengu died on 13 August 2018 before this year’s court ruling in July. (Photograph by […]

Court ordered municipalities to provide farm occupiers and labour tenants with basic services

Today the Pietermaritzburg High Court handed down a precedent setting judgment on the case against local municipalities: Umshwathi, Msunduzi and uMgungundlovu District Municipality for their failure to provide farm dwellers and labour tenants with access to water, adequate sanitation and refuse collection, as well as their failure to prioritise the rights of occupiers and labour […]