Rural development

Move to Bolster Land Claims Rules

The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform is working on policies and guidelines on how to reopen land claims to redress the inequalities of the past.
Chief director of the Gauteng Shared Services Centre, Rachel Masango, states that a total of 313 properties have been acquired through the land reform programme in Gauteng since 1994.

Educating Women Key to Sustainable Farming - Study

According to a new study, the successful implementation of sustainable agricultural practices (SAPs) in sub-Saharan Africa is linked to improvements in women's education.

SAPs are often touted as a solution to land degradation, low agricultural productivity and widespread poverty in the region.

The study is the result of research conducted in rural Ethiopia that aimed to identify interdependent factors affecting the adoption of SAPs in Sub-Saharan Africa and their impact on incomes and livelihoods.

Three Khoisan Children Arrested in Botswana

According to a non-governmental organisation, Survival International, three Khoisan children have been arrested by paramilitary police in Botswana.

The children, who were arrested for being in possession of antelope meat in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, have since been released, but further reports of harassment and intimidation have surfaced, and there have been a growing number of Khoisan arrests.

Water Mafia's' Dodgy R30m Tender

The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs is being called on to investigate a tender it awarded for the distribution of hundreds of millions of rands, aimed at creating jobs. At the centre of the scandal, exposed by Corruption Watch, is the respected Mvula Trust, accused of fronting for a company belonging to one of its own trustees. Alex Eliseev of Daily Maverick and Eyewitness News investigates. View the press release here.

UN Needs Millions for Zim Humanitarian Aid

The United Nations (UN) says it needs US$131 million in humanitarian assistance to meet food, water and emergency needs in Zimbabwe.
UN humanitarian coordinator, Alain Noudehou, says that at least US$110 million of the money will be used to provide food for more than 1.6 million Zimbabweans facing starvation this year.
Noudehou notes that the appeal is less than the previous year's US$197 million because of ‘a steady improvement’ in the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe brought about by an upturn in some sectors of the economy.

Zimbabwe to Halt Seizure of Some Farms

Zimbabwe’s Lands, Land Reforms and Resettlement Minister, Herbert Murerwa, has announced an end to the seizure of foreign-owned farms protected under the Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement.

Murerwa said such seizures had been stopped with immediate effect to prevent the state’s liabilities from increasing.

Supporting Self-Employed Farmers

According to latest statistics 19.4 percent of South African households have inadequate or severely inadequate access to food. With the current economic situation, high unemployment and increasing food prices, providing for the basic needs of a family is becoming more and more difficult for many people around the world, including millions of South Africans. A growing global population makes the situation even more complicated. By 2050, some experts think there might not be enough food for everyone.

NGOs Seek to Avert Hunger

Over 2 000 villagers in Insiza North in Matabeleland South are facing starvation due to critical shortage of food, according to a local councillor, Abdele Nkomo.
Nkomo points out that, “... the situation will improve as the World Vision and the Zimbabwe Project Trust started registering villagers under the food relief programmes…”
He blames the crisis on the erratic maize supplies by the Grain Marketing Board, which avails food to vulnerable communities under the grain loan scheme.


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