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Machel: Economies Must Benefit the Poor

Women and child rights activist, Graça Machel, says the majority of Africans are not benefiting from the continent's economic recovery.

Machel states that, "Women in Africa are prevented from accessing land and capital that they need and financial institutions don't have the systems in place to cater for women's entrepreneurship as unreasonable collateral is required."

Community in ConCourt Over Mining Rights

Representatives of the Bengwenyama community in Limpopo were in the Constitutional Court, fighting against a prospecting right that was granted to mining company Genorah Resources over land on which they live.

The community has lived on the land for more than a century and the Land Claims Commission recognised its ownership after it was dispossessed of the land during apartheid and to make room for another mine.

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Kenya Slammed Over Plan to Evict Slum Dwellers

An estimated 50 000 people who live alongside Kenya's railway lines could see their homes destroyed after the government railway gave the squatters 30 days to move, prompting residents to threaten to resist violently.

The government order has received sharp criticism from an international human rights group and from those affected, most of whom are slum dwellers in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

Landmark Ruling on Indigenous Land Rights

The Human Rights Watch (HRW), WITNESS and the Endorois lawyers have described a ruling by the African Commission on Human and People's Rights condemning the expulsion of the Endorois people from their land in Kenya as a major victory for indigenous peoples across Africa.

The Commission ruled that the Endorois' eviction from their traditional land for tourism development violated their human rights.

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