October 19, 2019

The troublesome contest between surface versus mineral rights lies at the very heart of the complex issues raised in the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources’ report on the recommendations of the High Level Panel on the Assessment of Key Legislation and the Acceleration of Fundamental Change, published in Parliament in March.

Parliament has been told that the major beneficiaries of the government’s land reform programme to date have been ‘better-off men’ – often urban businessmen. Women and the rural poor continue to be short-changed by a system in need of radical overhaul, writes REBECCA DAVIS.

Could it be that South Africa already has in place the start of what may be a workable land reform programme? In a written reply by EFF member Leigh-Ann Mathys to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Farming we learn that more than 200 small-scale farms have been established on state land in all nine provinces, and a good number of them are flourishing.

The communities of Matzikama municipality in the northernmost reaches of South Africa’s west coast held a verbal sparring match with Mining Minister Gwede Mantashe last week over mining company Mineral Sands Resources’ (MSR’s) plans to expand mining in the region.

Our president has been hard at work at parliament from long before its official opening, speedily assenting to as many Bills as he can before the fifth democratic parliament closes on 29 March ahead of the election, leaving outstanding Bills to lapse – or become the problem of the incoming parliament.

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