27 February 2007
In South Africa there are millions of people living on farms which they do not own and where they do not have secure tenure. These farm dwellers often face human rights abuses including evictions. The constitution has been unable to protect farm dwellers and legislation has proven to be ineffective.
BBC News, 27 February 2007.
Following her recent visit to South Africa, Oscar-winning actress, Emma Thompson has called on Tesco, the largest grocery home shopping service in the world, to ensure that its South African fruit suppliers adhere to laws on working conditions.
Sowetan, 21 February 2007.
The Landless People’s Movement welcomes Land Minister Lulu Xingwana’s recent expropriation of a church’s farm in the Northern Cape after her department had reached a stalemate in negotiations to secure it.
SANGONeT, 5 February 2007.
Connect Africa has been awarded a grant by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to rollout ICT services to poor communities in rural Limpopo.
The grant, which has been facilitated by the Southern Africa Aids Trust, was approved by the Bank last November and it will be used for engaging government departments on a project to assist in the delivery of their services in that province.
Participation Junction, 31 January 2007.
The South African Human Rights Commission will provide a briefing to the Select Committee on Land and Environmental Affairs about the eviction of farm workers, on 28 February 2007.
For more information, please consult the recently updated Parliamentary Programme on the Participation Junction website.
Wednesday, 24 January 2007
Industry-funded International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) claims of increases in the growing of genetically modified (GM) crops and overwhelming acceptance of this risky new technology is flawed.
The Star, 24 January 2007.
A Global Campaign for Agrarian Reform has been launched at the World Social Forum (WSF) in response to the controversial land reform programmes adopted in South Africa (SA) and Zimbabwe.
Civil society activists gathered at the WSF have criticised the land reform policies adopted by the SA government, saying that they result in many poor people being denied access to livelihoods. They argued that more radical reforms are necessary.
PMG, 15 January 2007.
The Department of Housing (DoH) is inviting public comments on the Prevention of Illegal Eviction from Unlawful Occupation of Land Amendments Draft Bill.
The Bill was approved by Cabinet in December 2006. All comments must be sent to Richard Thatcher at firstname.lastname@example.org on or before 2 February 2007.
Click here, to download the document (PDF File).
Eldis, 4 January 2007.
“Reforming Maize Markets and Regional Food Security”, is a policy brief that encourages greater civil society involvement in debates around national grain (particularly maize) policies and regional food insecurity in Southern African Development Community countries.